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Oh Obama, if only you could see the real Delhi

US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will be in New Delhi for three days during Republic Day.

Written by Parmita Uniyal | New Delhi |
January 25, 2015 9:11:22 am
Obama, Obama India visit US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will be in New Delhi for three days during Republic Day.

US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will be in New Delhi for three days during Republic Day. While we crib about their security throwing our lives out of gear, we should also feel sorry that this very security will keep the US first couple away from some of the best locations to see and experience in Delhi.

Here is a list of five things on the list of a regular tourist to Delhi, but not the Obamas.

The Karim's courtyard

Have sheek kabab at Karim’s: Time magazine lists Karim’s as one of the top Asian restaurants, but the closest Obamas will come to Mughal cuisine is the Bukhara, which is not even Mughal cuisine. A haven for carnivores, the Dastarkhwan-e-Karim in Gali Kababian won’t be able to host the president for obvious reasons. While it will be a nightmare for his security apparatus, this will remain an unfulfilled dream till he loses his security detail.


Climb the Jama Masjid tower: Built by Shahjahan, Jama Masjid is the largest mosque in India and is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Delhi. It’s a sheer architectural brilliance, makes it a must-visit for every Delhi visitor. But it is also in a highly sensitive part of town, especially for the US president. Never mind, Obamas will be visiting another monument constructed by Shahjahan – the Taj Mahal, during their visit.

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Shop for shoes and fabrics at Lajpat Nagar: It is the place for shopaholics. From accessories, to clothes, to footwear to knick-knacks name it and you get it at the famed Lajpat Nagar Central Market. A hot favourite among expats and tourists, this markets crowded lanes will not be able to handle the pressures of a state visit. Sorry Michelle, our shopping therapy will have to be at the cottage emporium.


Take a metro ride from Chawri Bazaar: Delhi would have loved to host you on its pride, the Delhi Metro. And what better place to start the ride than from Chawri Bazaar, the deepest metro station in town. Again, this is in a part of Delhi that Obama’s security would want the President to believe never existed. And no, we don’t want our metro services to be thrown haywire for a zip through ride.

Spice shopping at Khari Baoli: We all know about Mr and Mrs Obama’s love for spicy Indian food. Khari Baoli, near Red Fort, the wholesale spice market and Delhi’s major tourist attraction, would have been a perfect pit stop for the visiting couple. We can very well imagine Michelle sulking over her inability to go smell the spiced up air of the shopping hub. If only you were more common, Michelle…

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