Delhi is a city with the population of Australia but surprisingly it is the greenest capital city in the world. Yes there is noise and chaos in Old Delhi but also tranquility in the extensive parks and gardens of the British Raj (19th – 20th centuries), Mughal emperors (16th – 19th centuries), the Islamic sultans (12th – 16th centuries) and before them the Hindu kingdoms. Over its long history, Delhi has witnessed the rise and fall of dynasties and empires so there’s plenty to see here. Our guide Mukesh says “you need more than one lifetime to see everything in India”.
In a leafy suburb of Delhi there’s Haveli Hauz Khas a heritage house full of traditional carved wood, textiles and photographs by the owner. This is where we stayed (photo by owners).