It is amazing to see how Delhi manages to be both a traditional as well as a modern city. If you had any doubts, just try to compare places around Old Delhi with Connaught place or the Chanakyapuri region of the New Delhi. It comes in complete contrast. One tells tales of history and the other takes huge strides into the future.
The city which has witnessed the rise and fall of at least seven dynasties still stands tall telling the world its unique story. Delhi boasts of a rich history that dates back to around 3000 years and is still alive in form the numerous relics that adorn the entire city. Places like the Lal Qila - once the most opulent fort and palace of the Mughal Empire, Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India, Qutub Minar, Tughlaqabad fort, Humayun Tomb, etc., takes us to the glorious past of the city. Just take a cycle rickshaw ride on Chandni Chowk and what you see is pure history, reflected in its architecture, food and people.
Delhi is the largest metropolis in India and the second largest in terms of population. Its cosmopolitan culture, boosting of a modern city’s infrastructure, sky rocketing buildings, seat of power, phenomenal growth of the mall culture, makes it one of the most modern city in the world.
There is a huge influx of people from outside Delhi, coming here for greener pastures and the dream of making it big in life. It’s a mini India with people from across the nation living here. In fact it is argued that Delhi does not have a culture of its own. What is actually has is an assimilation of many cultures.
The new gift of the Metro railways criss crossing the city is another representation of the fearless modernization the city is undergoing.
Like the two sides of a coin, modernity and traditions are the two sides of Delhi’s culture.