Delhi is old but.. it built decently with conserving opacity .
In india some people are untouchable, some history read over years, some still not. So the capital of India or Bharatha still is large enough to deliver all basic needs of an Indian and getting ready for future .
My first reaching point was New Delhi. So that have some time in New Delhi made to be great . 2 days there was not enough as I felt so added my last day too .
Delhi metro would be the best indication of decency of India. Same good old women compartment kept their as first; seating for adults, disabled are secured .spitting in stations would cost you 200 INR. All are under surveillance camera .there are 7 colored lines which expands and connects through total city. Still it is expanding and with separating old Delhi , New Delhi is building up .
Delhi is the 2nd most populous city in the world and the largest city in India area-wise. Delhi has an estimated 2016 population of 27.9 million. Delhi has been continuously inhabited since at least the 6th century, and it has been the capital of many empires and kingdoms over its history. It has also been captured, destroyed and rebuilt numerous times. It was the site of Indraprastha, the mythical capital of the Pandavas, and it became a major trade route between the Gangetic plain and northwest India during the time of the Delhi sultans. In 1639, the walled city of Shahjahanabad was built in Delhi to serve as the capital of the Mughal Empire until 1857. Today, Shahjahanabad is in Old Delhi.
In 1911, the British decided to change the capital of India to Delhi from Calcutta, and New Delhi was built in 1912 south of the old city. Today, New Delhi is part of the larger city of Delhi, and New Delhi is the capital of India.
Where Delhi is heading to
20 years back when I came to Chennai airport it was like the public bus stand in Colombo; no facilities at all .you are directly to auto / cab stand which was having good old ambassador models and very indecent tuk tuks . After that I drop frequently to Chennai and saw the aggression they had and by today clearly you can see international and domestic airports are separated well and having international level facilities .
When I talk with my good friends in Chennai they talked about newly built metro rail; IT city expansions; TATA and Infosys are building own universities cum full facilitated mini cities in suburbs. With exposing to all those in south , for first time I am flying to north of India.
Though, this is my first time in Delhi and I was directed to metro from airport and clearly divided in between 3 terminals today having all needed facilities in an affordable cost. For example in Amsterdam I had to pay 5.5 euros for 3 stations to Amsterdam central through metro from siphicol airport .here I had to cost only 60 INR (~ .7 euro ) with same facilities . wow..
I saw same old Delhi which made my breathe to hold for few minutes .so, when I came out of ajmeri gate metro station gate 1 and walked through old Delhi in a cool Sunday. One just hold my hand and stopped for nothing , one guy wanted sell me something and when I rejected pushed me and ran off, when I asked for a shop, “only Hindi no English” , still misdirected no proper clue.30 to 40 middle aged day time prostitute ladies with dark red lips were looking to drag a culprit . well I walked about 1 km looking at some shopping mall. All closed, I ran back almost 3 times of speed backward . J horrible still on the way more attacks.. Just hold my breath until I reached metro station back. That is old Delhi..
Next station is rajiv chowk. Just I went out, place is separated to 7 blocks .A to G. different blocks designated for different businesses branded shops mostly; you can get clothing at one block. Shoes also same, in a corner you can find a super market and pharmacy. Bank ATMs are in some other building.
Every corner like a food court is there; You can find old famous bottle lassie and veg sandwich. Standing or seating in road side you may taste. woah …at end of your shopping you may reach to an entrance gate of closest metro stop . I just pinched myself. I am in New Delhi and it is 2018 March.
Things to do in Delhi
To all these places you can reach by metro. So first for few minutes at least go through map and mark where you want to make (better get help from one who is familiar with locations/ metro map)
Then simply go to the closet metro point and at every 6 to 14 minutes you can find a metro.
Red Fort or Lal Qila
The Red Fort or Lal Qila was constructed as the residence of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1648 and remained the home of Mughal leaders for 200 years until 1857. The fort was also used for imperial business, political and ceremonial events. At the time of construction it was in the capital called Shahjahanabad (now old Delhi) as Shah Jahan had moved his capital from Agra. It gained its name the Red Fort from the red sandstone walls which surround the fort.
The Qutb Complex encompasses a number of monuments and buildings which are all part of a UNESCO site. The complex includes its most famous structure the Qutb Minar which was constructed under Qutb-ud-din Aibak (1150-1210) who went on to become the first Sultan of Delhi during the Mamluk Dynasty. A “minar” is actually a minaret, a tall tower-like structure used to call Muslim worshipers to prayer. Following the Qutb Minar’s construction it was added to and renovated several times by subsequent leaders.
Qutb Minar is a red and buff sandstone conical tower which stands 72 meter high and is 14.32 in diameter at the base and approximately 2.75 meters at the top. The minar (minaret) is the tallest brick minaret in the world and together with the surrounding ancient medieval structures is a UNESCO site. The tower was built in 1192 constructed in the Indo-Islamic and Afgan architectural styles. There are 379 steps to the top of the minaret with 5 stories
Humayun’s Tomb dates back to the Mughal Empire (16th-18th century) and is the final resting place of Humayun (1508-1556) second Mughal Emperor and ruler over what is now Afghanistan, parts of northern India and Pakistan. Humayun’s son commissioned the tomb which was designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyas.
The Lotus Temple is a place of worship for followers of the Baha’i faith. Baha’i is a monotheistic faith which focuses on the spirituality of all humankind. It is based on the core principles that there is one God who is the source of creation (oneness of God); all major religions have the same spiritual source (oneness of religions) and that humanity is diverse yet united and all humans created equally (oneness of mankind). Baha’i was founded in 19th century Persia by Baha’u’llah. There are approximately 4.74-7.1 million Baha’is in the world today; India is home to the largest Baha’i community of about 2.2 million followers.
The Lotus Temple was inaugurated in 1986; it has a beautiful structure inspired by the lotus flower with 27 free-standing petal-shaped marble structures arranged in groups of three forming a nine sided shape with nine entrances leading into the main hall
The India Gate (All India War Memorial Arch) is New Delhi’s version of the Arc de Triomphe. The grand archway stands at the eastern end of Rajpath surrounded by gardens. The arch commemorates the sacrifice of 70,000 Indian soldiers who died in conflicts between 1914 and 1921. The names of the 13,516 British and Indian soldiers who died in the Northwestern Frontier in the Afgan War of 1919 are engraved on the gate. Under the arch of the gateway there is an eternal flame (Amar Jawan Jyoti) in memory of the soldiers who lost their lives in the Indo-Pakistan War in 1971 and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier .
This complex is a Hindu mandir – a place where human beings and gods can join together helped by the symbols and structures representing Hindu beliefs and ideas. This complex welcomes people and allows them to explore Hindu values, art and traditions through a variety of presentations and sites. The site took five years to build and the efforts of 11,000 artisans; it was completed in 2005. The site holds a Guinness World Record as the world’s largest comprehensive Hindu temple.
When you go inside you would be checked fully and not allowed to take any camera or phone .i had to keep my camera bag and walk almost 1 km before entering inside .at locker room I met a lady of 60+ in counter who could not understand even a English word .but she directed me to fill out a form on no of equipment I deposit and taken the picture of mine very precisely. So that I could understood continuous training would make any user accepting usage of technology.
Here the water show may be best I saw in my life which used laser beams and all possible technology to make it live to the spectator for an adult ticket price is 80 inr and show starts at 7 pm. Don’t miss.
The Sahaj Anand Water Show calls the Yagnapurush Kund its home. An replica of grand traditional step-wells, it measures 300’ x 300’ and has 2,870 steps and 108 small shrines. The nine-lotus design of the central pool is a replication of a ritual yantra or arrangement used in sacred Hindu ceremonies. At the head of the step-well is the 27 feet tall bronze murti of Neelkanth Varni. He presides over the step-well inspiring determination, devotion and courage in all who catch his sight.
The Sahaj Anand Water Show is a breathtaking 24-minute presentation which unites a variety of intriguing media to bring to life a story from the Kena Upanishad. Multi-color lasers, video projections, underwater flames, water jets and surround sound in symphony with lights and live actors produce a captivating and inspiring presentation
The Friday Mosque is the largest in India; its massive courtyard can accommodate 25,000 devotees. Construction of the mosque began in 1644 under Shah Jahan, the same Mughal Emperor who built the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort. The intricately decorated mosque has three gates with the main gate on the eastern side facing the Red Fort. There are four towers and two minarets with red sandstone and white marble stripes reaching 40 meters in height. It took the work of almost 5,000 artisans to create the redstone and marble mosque. The mosque stands on a 10 meter high platform and covers about 1,200m²
One person in front not allowed me to enter inside with my DSLR camera and asked me for 300 inr (there is a notice in front no camera) while all others entering with phones and taking pictures very freely. Tried to convince the guy but keep on bullshitting and no understanding of English. I was not ready to pay 300 and wanted to go inside even with putting camera inside bag. But he stopped me. Sorry I cannot prove you. But you should understand advancement of technology and should not show your ignorance mr .
I returned back. That is why you are not seeing any inside pictures here .
This is the President of India’s official residence. The building is a symbol of Indian democracy. It was designed by Herbert Baker and Sir Edwin Lutyens and took 17 years to build; it was completed in 1929.The estate stands on 330 acres, the building has 2.5km of corridors, the main building has 340 rooms spread over four floors and required 700 million bricks to build. The grounds cover 190 acres and the Mughal Gardens of the Rashtrapati Bhavan cover 15 acres.
Rajpath is a wide avenue or boulevard running east to west from the National stadium through India Gate and Vijay Chowk (Victory Square) and ending at the Presidential Palace (Rashtrapati Bhavan) on Raisina Hill; the Rajpath crosses Janpath (People’s Way). Rajpath was part of the British city plan designed by Edwin Lutyens. The idea was to give sweeping views of the city from the Viceroy’s Palace. Many of the buildings lining Rajpath were also designed by Lutyens.
A gurudwara is a place of worship for Sikhs and this is the most important gurudwara in New Delhi. It is associated with Guru Har Krishan, the eighth Sikh Guru who stayed here during his visit to Delhi in 1664. The Guru helped locals get through a smallpox and cholera epidemic by giving out fresh water from the well in the house. Unfortunately the Guru died of the same disease in 1664. Water from a pool inside the Gurudwara is known as the Sarovar and is still believed to have healing powers and is revered by Sikhs around the world.
also love to mention those dana we had (prasada ) on the way . one sweet plate, two times sweet drinks, one time water packs. It is almost like wesak dansal. As came to know it happens every day when rituals happens .wow..
ISCON is the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, a Hare Krishna spiritual institute founded in 1966. It is a monotheistic tradition within the Hindu culture and the religion is based on the 5,000 year old Sanskrit texts of Bhagavad-gita. There is lots to see and do at the temple including the Vedic Cultural Museum which teaches of the Vedic philosophy in modern times and educated about the history of the epics Ramayana and Mahabharata. There are exhibits, dioramas and a robotic show with special lighting effects and dramatic narration.
The lady who you can see here having a chat with ranjith helped us a lot. When we reached there, place was closed and not allowed to see inside. She taked with ranjith and came to know some other cities having same and all of a sudden called us to go inside . it was a short visit but very spiritual. Thanks lady. Lovely. “Hare kishna hare ram “
My partners of crime this time were ranjith who is from kerala (only from him I came know meaning of his name is winner of war ) and janith who was expecting to get his Hungarian visa from sri lanka (btw now he is in Hungary, good luck with your studies bro ). We had a great time and walked like nothing. Belive me we walked amost 10 to 12 km under sun with out any complaint .
We ate all junk foods with a selection. Specially to recall my favorite pani puri had nearby india gate .
India is our big brother and starting my journey in north India in New Delhi is blessed .experiencing world best metro service I experienced so far, eating best Indian foods in north India, having a shower of holi colors on holi day in land of owners are some small blessings I had .
But still I left with some curious things,
in the jaina temple nearby kutab minar I saw Mahaweera statue very much same of Load Buddha .Only difference was Mahaweera was not wearing a clothing.
There is no proper identification seating for clergy in public transport
My experiences with Indian police were phenomenal .it changed a lot from last visits in south .but at red fort I had taken a picture of ambulance parked just out side . a close by police jeep crew called me and asked to show it to them. I felt they thought I was taken a picture of them.. well why sould I photo these …J..it was only ambulance. Still guy wanted to delete it.. funny. I did it J
Most Indians are today very much known to technology. I love way 60 + year lady at security of Akshardham handled preparing my identity there . but still the security (or a time passing ) guy at jama masjid was asking me for 300 INR to take my DSLR camera in while all others taken pictures with phones freely .
India is curious. I left my big brother’s land with lot of respect than I had before .so next journey is a new call. I know rather than going for 50 + countries in the world single India would give you 50 different experiences which is filtered and delivered with different qualities.