Delhi, the capital city of India is one of the oldest cities with a history of more than thousand years, home to people from all over the country and also from around the world. This has in turn moulded Delhi‟s culture in such a way that it gets reflected in the lifestyle of the people. Migrants form a major part of the population of Delhi, still there is no particular culture that is synonymous with Delhi. This diversity forms the unique feature of Delhi as a city that must be capitalized upon. The city has a rich historical past which is epitomized through a variety of monuments, museums etc. While on tour around the city, somewhere or the other, one finds the old world charm, remnants of Mughal culture to name one.
Though Delhi has the highest number of tourist arrivals, it is only used as an entry point to the country. Delhi being National Capital Territory, receives 62% of foreign travellers and NRI visiting India. There is an emergent need to analyse the factors that work in favour of or against Delhi, what makes it a culturally rich tourist destination yet at the
same time poses challenges to the growth of tourism in the capital city. Our focus for this semester will be the Shahjahanabad or Old Delhi region.
SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
The research based on analysing the factors that impact cultural tourism in Delhi has relevance to a broad range of industry and government stakeholders and those seeking a greater understanding of the concepts of cultural tourism.
The research will be a significant attempt at making the people aware about the potential of Delhi as a tourist attraction with a special focus on the walled city of Shajahanabad (present day Old Delhi).
Shahjahanabad, the most splendid capital of all was built by Shah Jahan, the fifth Mughal Emperor of India. Shahjahanabad was begun in 1639 and consisted of a fort-palace complex and the city adjoining it. Lal Qila or the Red Fort, made of red sandstone, contained the palace complex. To its west lay the Walled City with 14 gates. The main streets of Chandni Chowk and Faiz Bazaar were broad enough for royal processions to pass. A canal ran down the centre of Chandni Chowk. Set amidst densely packed mohallas and several dozen bazaars, the Jama Masjid is among the largest and grandest mosques in India. There was no place higher than this mosque within the city then. Delhi during Shah Jahan’s time was also an important centre of Sufi culture. It had several dargahs, khanqahs and idgahs.Open squares, winding lanes, quiet cul-desacs and water channels were the pride of Delhi’s
residents. No wonder the poet Mir Taqi Mir said, The streets of Delhi aren’t mere streets; they are like the album of a painter. Remnants of the Old city have been left unexplored and have the potential creating a huge market for the tourism industry. The project will be an initiative to try and explore these forgotten places and analyse their potential as tourist destinations, thus promoting the tourism industry of the city.
Eating out on the streets in Delhi is also an important factor for attracting tourists and travel enthusiasts. Hence, the research study would also provide an insight into the prevailing food culture of Delhi. Apart from the historically significant destinations, what creates a potential tourist destination is the cuisine of that particular region. In regard to this, our research study would help in developing the tourist nature in Old Delhi.
1. To locate the famous as well as the lesser known places exemplifying the rich heritage of Old Delhi region.
2. To create a platform in the form of blog and magazine to bring these locations in the knowledge of travel enthusiasts and general public.
3. Creating a Graphic Novel depicting the findings of the research in an interesting manner, focusing on the younger generation.
1. Reviews from the locals and historical facts available, if any, about the locations will be collected and analysed qualitatively.
2. Field survey of the chosen places, for locating them and analysing their quality and charge.
3. Those places which are good for attracting not just local and nationwide tourists, but also International tourists, will be included.
Purposive sampling: People will be chosen according to their relation with the selected locations. One would be the people in charge of the locations, second would be the people who have been living in around the locations for a considerable time and have been frequent visitors to the place, the third would be the people who have been visiting the place as travellers or tourists from distant places.
1. The study would bring to light the important yet not famous locations of tourism potential, plus the famous ones, possessing the great legacy of Old Delhi, thus promoting the socio-cultural capital of Delhi as a city.
2. The research undertaken can be a useful resource for Delhi Tourism department of Government of Delhi for envisaging tourism related policies and can be beneficial for the tourism industry.
3. Through the use of tools like mobile application, graphic novel and magazine, the rich heritage of Old Delhi will be made available to a larger population.
4. Through tools like the mobile application, the blog and the magazine, these places will gain recognition in virtual world, which will result in increased customers, thu contributing to the income of the local shopkeepers and businessmen.
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