On time ... the faithful gather at Jami Masjid mosque in Old Delhi.

Old world, new world

As Delhi races to the Commonwealth Games finish line, Anthony Dennis explores the metropolis of three cities in one.

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Delicious shopping mix ... Delhi's Main Bazaar.

Hot to shop: Delhi

Spices, silks, scarves and saris? Let the games begin, writes Belinda Jackson.

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Goodbye and good luck ... a railway worker lights an earthenware candle in preparation for the departure of the ...

To the Taj in a stately rattler

Leather seats and lunch with the maharana - Michael Kerr discovers that a new "cruise train" journey between Mumbai and Delhi comes complete with palace visits, elephant polo and a dash of opium at tea time.

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Noble address ... view of the Chambal River from Bhainsrorgarh Fort's terrace.

An audience with nobility

Leisa Tyler meets a new generation of Rajasthani aristocracy turning its forts and palaces into hotels.

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City life ... guards stand in the Mughal Gardens.

24 hours in Delhi

Melanie Ball discovers laneways of silver, sandstone monuments and mayhem on the subcontinent.

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All aboard ... a scene from The Darjeeling Limited.

Romance of rail in a starring role

Trains and railways have provided the backdrop to many great movies. Jon Bryant remembers some classic scenes to get film buffs off the couch and on the tracks.

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Indian food

Lost in flavour

Sarah Malik negotiates Delhi's backstreets to find one of Asia's best restaurants.

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