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1O Keys to enjoying Old Delhi
UNDERSTAND OLD DELHI IS PRIMARIY A MUSLIM NEIGHBORHOOD
This is important to know for a few reasons. First, at different times, different days and in different seasons, like Friday or during Ramadan, your experience may be very different. I was once in Old Delhi during Ramadan and even at 2am there were still a bazillion people on the streets.Also Friday is the required day of prayers for Muslims (they pray every day, 5 times a day but Friday is required for all Muslims), which means if you go during one of the prayer times you will not be able to go into Jama Masjid if you are not Muslim, or you will find that many shops may be closed.
Also, because Old Delhi is a Muslim neighborhood primarily, it means that dress, including yours ought to be more conservative. Of course so many tourists come in shorts, including Daisy Dukes, spaghetti string tank tops, shorts, t-shirts etc. This may be OK in other countries, and maybe even other parts of India, like Goa, but it is not respectful in Old Delhi or other Muslim neighborhoods.
It could also be dangerous for you if your a a woman, especially if you are alone. If nothing else, if you are a woman and you have very little clothes, even if it is hot, you are going to get A LOT of stares and probably even some cat calls, so be wise and conservative.
I would recommend women wear pants that are past their ankles, not form fitting, shirts that cover the butt and elbows at least and a dupatta or other really big scarf that can cover your entire head and chest. You may feel weird, but you will certainly be more respected and possibly draw less attention. For guys, I recommend you wear some sort slacks or travel pants, a polo shirt, preferably something that covers your elbows (Muslim men are required to cover their elbows when they pray so you will almost never see guys in short-sleeve T-shirts)
Obviously, this is just my suggestion and certainly a ton of people visit who don’t dress as I suggest here so you decide what risks you want to take or what kind of traveler you want to be.