Exploring Shahjahanabad: A walk in Old Delhi

Exploring Shahjahanabad: A walk in Old Delhi

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From here we entered the sinews of Shahjahanabad: Paranthawala Gali, Kinari Bazaar, Katra Kushal Rai and Dharampura. As we negotiated the narrow bylanes, someone mentioned how cool the place is. A smart piece of planning made sure that too much sunlight did not enter the area, we were told. The day was yet to start in these gallis, only some eateries in the Paranthawala Gali were doing brisk business. The smell the fresh ghee on the paranthas wafts through the galli. To woo customers, most eateries have strategically placed old photographs of politicians and Bollywood stars devouring paranthas made by them.

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The great escape: Valley of Flowers

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Next day, we left the hotel at 6.30 am and hired a jeep to take us to Govindghat, the starting point of the 14-kilometer trek to the Valley of Flowers (VoF) and Hemkund Sahib, which is another nine kilometers from the Valley. It took us 1.30 hours to reach Govindghat.

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