The majestic mosque was built on a natural promontory in 1656 by the emperor Shah Jahan, with three imposing white marble domes and twin black minarets that flank its majestic central arch, it took six years and 5,000 workers to complete, costing almost one million rupees. A graceful staircase leads to the magnificent red sandstone arched doorways, where during the times of Aurangzeb, they sold horses and jugglers performed. In the gigantic 28-meter square courtyard where up to 20,000 people can be held, during Friday prayer and the Id, when it hosts numerous faithful followers. Next to the stack of ablutions is the platform where a reader stood to repeat the the prayers before the existence of megaphones.
To enter this place you have to cover your hair with a scarf and take off your shoes. The Sikh religion is very interesting. Men do not cut their hair or beards and they wear turbans. They also knot the beards under their chins and stick the hair to their faces with a special glue (you can't see any of this). Children as hair does not reach them for what they are picking turban over his head into a ball and they put some kind of cap with a ball top. Interesting.
The New Delhi Railway Station is located east of Pahar Gang and is not to be confused with that of Old Delhi, which is far more distant. It's the main station where trains depart to all the main cities of the country. A train ride in India is an adventure in itself. The third-class carriages are usually pretty tight and it is not uncommon to see stowaways on the roof of the train. There lots of vendors hawking tea (chai), samosas or candy, as well as children shining shoes. Seeing the occasional mouse is also not unheard of. Naturally, the comfort level depends on the money you're willing to pay. The first-class carriages have air conditioning, security and are quite clean and comfortable. But be careful, as robberies are somewhat frequent in the stations so it does not hurt to take precautions. Even so, I insist that traveling by train is an experience and an opportunity to chat with interesting people.
One of the main tourist attractions of Delhi, the famous Red Fort, is declared an Unesco World Heritage Site. Its architecture has several different influences, including Islam. Inside there's an Indian history museum. It's easily accessible by subway, the entry price is around $ 5 for foreigners. Visit recommended
Raj Ghat is the tomb of Mahatma Gandhi. It's simple, just like the leader of the independence movement of the Inda would have wanted. It's a marble platform located on the site of Gandhi's cremation, a day after his death on January 31, 1948. The platform is outside in a quiet garden with a constantly-burning flame lit in memory of the Mahatma. Near the river Yamuna in Delhi. On the stone's inscription are the last words of Gandhi. Today, most of the heads of governments from foreign countries, when they go to India, go to the tomb to bow to Gandhi. In respect, you must remove your shoes when you approach the marble platform. The place is very quiet and you can feel the emotions of the people. Be careful, sometimes they close the mausoleum without warning, because a president is coming or for safety reasons. In general it also closed for national holidays and the day of Gandhi's death, on January 30.
The India Gate is located just at the end of the long Raj Path. It's about 4 kilometers away, across from the presidential palace. On this huge avenue people come together to have picnics in the afternoon when it's not so hot and to honor the memory of the soldiers of the First World War. It was built as a memorial to the national army that fought alongside the British during World War I. There's an eternal flame under the arch next to the tomb of the unknown soldier, which never goes out. The construction of the monument began in 1921 when the stone foundation was laid by the Duke of Connaught. The names of the soldiers who died during the war are written on the walls. The India Gate is 42 meters high. Now the surrounding streets are closed to traffic, making it an even more enjoyable and commemorative experience.
This is my favorite place in Delhi, I stayed there sooooo many days during my trips to India. A place with a mixture of so many different things and people ... The maze of narrow streets that turn into the main street. The Main Bazaar is spectacular, and you can see authentic street life!
This temple was built in 1980 and is the center of the Baha'i religion, a kind of philosophy based on respect and communication between various religions. Visiting is free, but it's strictly regulated (no shoes inside, only a few people in the temple at a time, and no noise). It's basically a guided visit since a person (who invariably reminds you of the rules) tells a little history of the religion and temple, before inviting you go to meditate. The entire tour takes around 30 minutes and of course you can stay longer to explore the gardens or meditate.
Lovely place to spend a winter afternoon or a summer evening. It's most beautiful on rainy days. Carvings, architecture, history...everything at its best. A must-see destination for all tourists coming to Delhi.
The Humayun Tuma is an element of the heritage of Mughal India. This mausoleum dates back to the thirteenth century, and is considered almost a second Taj Mahal. Like the Taj Mahal, it's a tomb. The site has been renovated, and is peaceful and quiet with large, well-maintained gardens and ponds. The ticket price is expensive but justified.
We got in a rickshaw and from the small inclined seats it took the three of us to see Chandni Chowk Street. The Indian didn't go very fast, but luckily there were places with more hustle and bustle going for the floor but hahaha especially when he took us down a hill Oooohhhhhh!!! There was a colorful street, various shops as the bikes went alongside of cows. The rickshaw is amazing and everyone was going at full speed! fewer pedestrians Hahahaha And why not give them a blow, the trample? What an experience in a rickshaw subiros hahaha that if you touch the pedal for us to go by like the roadrunner jajajajaja.En China jumped on a rickshaw nothing to do hahaha seems that we were sitting on a couch hahaha and pedaled seemed that he had been given a valium compared jajajajaja.Cada Indian country has its charm.
The Parliament of India (or Sansad Bhavan) is considered one of the best-guarded government buildings in the country, although it has been attacked numerous times by terrorists. To see the building, you have to settle for watching it from a bus or taxi because walking the perimeter is prohibited. I'm not sure if that's the usual case, but it was when I visited a week after there was an attack in the market of Connaught Place. The building was constructed in 1919 and, like most government buildings in Delhi, was designed by architect Edwyn Lutyens. The building is beautiful and surrounded by lush, well-maintained gardens.
Birla House is one of the most famous buildings in the history of contemporary India, and one of the saddest. This is the house where Mahatma Gandhi spent the last 144 days of his life, and was assassinated on January 30, 1948. Originally the home of a prominent business family in India, the Birlas. The Birla House was acquired by the Government of India in 1971 and opened to the public on August 15, 1973. Inside, you can see a museum where they have kept some of the things that Gandhi used, as well as murals showing scenes from the great man's life. The room where he lived has been preserved, and his last steps are marked on the ground, although you can't step on them. This is a very emotional site, especially for me, because Gandhi has always been one of my favorite historical leaders.
When you're feeling dizzy and exhausted from Delhi, when your eardrums feel like they might burst from all the noise, and you're just overwhelmed by the constant tide of humans, go to the wonderful Lodi (or Lodhi) Gardens. This is a spectacular spot near the centre of the city. The gardens have several buildings, some of them dating back to the mid-fifteenth century. Among them are the tombs of the monarchs of the Sayyid and Lodi dynasties. The buildings are surrounded by vast expanses of well-kept grass and leafy trees, where hundreds of squirrels scamper. Absolutely magical, a real oasis of calm in the heart of this huge city.
In general, walking in Delhi is unpleasant. There are always tons of people going to and fro and the streets are full from dawn to well after dusk. However, the Rajpath is a quieter and nicer place to go if you want to walk through the city. The four-kilometer walk takes you from the Rashtrapati Bhavan (home of the President of India) to the India Gate triumphal arch. As it makes its way between the two monuments, the Rajpath is surrounded by gardens and fountains where children swim in hot weather. You'll see people walking with elephants and you can take a ride if you want. There also aren't as many beggars in the area due to the heightened security surrounding the president's house. In the morning, many working class people come to play sports and jog around the park. In the evening the buildings are lit up and people come to have picnics.
When you're making all your travel arrangements yourself, you're sure to have to go through some strange situations. After two months walking through northern India and Nepal, I was feeling tired. At least I knew I was going home, and I was trying to look on the bright side and think about everything that awaited me. But first ... the longest journey of my life. Kathmandu - Delhi - London - Madrid - Buenos Aires. Total: 52 hours of airports and airplanes. Yes, a real horror.
Starting in Kathmandu, an attendant accidentally spilled a Nepal Ice beer all over the only decent clothes that I had. With my best smile, I told her not to worry and promised that during my 8-hour stopover in Delhi airport, I'd buy a sari or something ... but none of this happened. Turns out my visa to India had expired, so it had to wait for the blessed eight hours (from 7 pm to 3 am) in an awful transit lounge, with nothing to eat. I was not alone. People all over the world coming from the Himalayas made a little camp with me. Here are the photos. I especially thank Mr. Plaid Shirt, whose poses really entertained me!
Rashtrapati Bhavan is the official residence of the President of India and is located in the capital of New Delhi. It was previously known as the Viceroy's House when it was the residence of the Governor General of India until 1950. The palace was designed by the English architect Edwin Lutyens, one of the architects responsible for planning the new city of Delhi. The building was completed in 1929 and after the independence of India in 1947, it was renamed Rashtrapati Bhavan and became the home of the president. The impressive residence is has 340 rooms and beautiful Mughal-style gardens. At the end of the gardens, there's an impressive entrance with a columned portico and a dome mixing European and Indian styles.
Erected in 1938 by industrialist B.Birla, the temple was one of the firsts in India to open to all social classes, and Mahatma Gandhi attended its first service. Commonly known as Birla Mandir, it's a fairly typical example of contemporary religious Indian architecture, with a marble entrance and shikharas (needles) of ocher and brown outside and pictures of Vishnu and his consort Lakshmi on the altar inside. The side altars around the courtyard are home to sacred Hindu inscription writings and are decorated with paintings of scenes from the Mahabharata and Ramayana. It might not be the most charming, ornate, or colorful temple in India, but I can not deny its importance as a place of worship that paid no regards to like Mahatma appreciated.