Whence you land at the I.G International Airport and begin taxiing you will realize how justified the title is. The route will probably take you through organized New Delhi roads with a glimpse of urbanity, its modern temples, and the diverse profiles that zoom past. The next experience could be the chaotic traffic of the busy markets and residential areas. Believe me, the rush is not life-threatening but the speed and frequent halts at the red lights will create anxiety.
In crowded places, if you open the car window the blast of cacophony will be challenging to your ears, and the experience of the drive as a whole will numb your sensory apparatus. As if you have reached ground zero. You have!
Discover India! A minimal experience, for soon you will realize how vast and diverse this country is. But this minimal experience will be absolutely astounding if you keep aside varying intensity of chaos and conundrum all along the journey.
Delhi is a Capital of India and is like an all-encompassing window to a kaleidoscopic World that you must have read in some enchanting tales. The most visited places are the ancient monuments some of which like the Purana Qila confirm the happenings of Mahabharata in the historical times of Indraprastha. Zoom back two thousand five hundred years. On a trip to Delhi, you constantly zoom back and forth into a new era and then suddenly into a historic one. This vacillation between new and old is perplexing for overseas visitors but nothing new for locals.
The Muslim Mogul architecture takes a whole lot of your time in Old Delhi. Nearly. And if you are an avid fan of history you can read it on the walls of the amazing, exotic architecture of the invaders a telltale saga of conquest and turbulent existence amidst predominately Hindu India. The tentacles of Mogul India, will not leave you throughout the journey such has been the impact of the conquest from a foreign locale.
Nothing in this country is plain and simple...forget all your rational leanings here. The old monuments that date to the Mogul times have an ascendancy that ends with the arrival of the British...probably. Not so simple for in between you will find disruptions by internecine wars and conquests.
Lutyens's Delhi if you visit the parliament house, India Gate, and the Presidential Palace or Rashtrapati Bhavan you will get a differing odor in the middle of chaos. These active monuments are immaculate in existence, of the Raj but sordid reminders of India's continued foreign subjugation. While the Mogul were megalomaniacs, the British were too in their own style. They too built imposing monuments but with greater simplicity and aesthetics which do not astound and leave awestruck. There were no intricate carvings or twists to the architecture, nevertheless, they enamored with their grandeur.
The recent architecture is modern, ultimate with their spread and classic but is megalomaniac in impression. Being recent they are the real modern temples of India. Visit Swami Narayan Temple and the Lotus Bahai Temple. New Delhi has much more to offer...places which your tour operator should include for sightseeing.