Lay of the Land
“Indians are the Italians of Asia and vice versa. Every man in both countries is a singer when he is happy, and every woman is a dancer when she walks to the shop at the corner. For them, food is the music inside the body and music is the food inside the heart. Amore or Pyar makes every man a poet, a princess of peasant girl if only for second eyes of man and woman meets.”~Gregory David Roberts, Shantaram
One of the world’s oldest cities, Delhi has been growing since it was founded in the 6th century BC. As a result, the metropolis feels more like a grouping of multiple cities rather than a single cohesive capital. The British planned New Delhi, which lies in the south, in the 1920s when they made it the capital of the region. After India reclaimed its freedom in 1947, Delhi remained the capital. Today’s population hovers around 22 million—roughly the same as the entire country of Australia.
The millennial city of Gurgaon sits just south of the Delhi International Airport and its Oberoi Gurgaon is an excellent hotel convenient for those with long lay-overs or late night/early morning flights.