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Monday, 25 June 2012

Delhi – Past, present and future in one city


Mother – “Why don’t you come back and live in your hometown”?
Son – “I love Delhi and living alone”
This conversation from the movie Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara sums up my reason for living in the city too.
My first impression of the city was of a modern metropolis, latest cars, wide roads, swanky airport and a good sense of traffic rules. However living in the city for three years now, I know this is the city where past, present and future co-exist. Here you will find place of worship for all religion, cow and BMW fighting for space on road, horse cart competing with metro. If you are thinking of 2/3 day tour of the city, you will be in missing a lot of action here.
So if you are in the city, how do you experience past, present and future?
Your tour should start with Mehrauli Archaelogical Park (separate post to follow later) and a visit to nearby Qutub complex, garden of five senses is in vicinity too. Then hop on to ruins of Tughlaqabad fort. For a taste of mughal era, must visit places will be Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Kotla Feroz Shah fort in Old Delhi, Humayun’s Tomb and a stroll through streets of Chandni Chowk. If you are a foodie and love meat, don’t forget to indulge yourself in restaurants near Jama Masjid area and near Jamia Milia University in south Delhi.
If religion is your interest, then places to visit will be Akhshardham Temple, Birla Temple, Jama Masjid, Bahai Temple (popularly known as Lotus Temple) and there is also a Buddhist temple in East of Kailash near Sapna theatre.
Want to hang out in a cool place in evening, Try India Gate.
Ok! You haven’t spent enough money in the city and want to go shopping, Connaught Place, Lajpat Nagar central market and Sarojini Nagar Market should be your destination. If you have confidence on your bargaining skills then definitely try the Chor Market near Delhi gate which happens only on Sundays.
Did somebody said I am missing on the glitzy Delhi, Try out the malls, recommended – Select City Walk in Saket and if you want to stretch a little more, drive down to Gurgaon where landscape has only man made construction with no signs of nature.
You might think that you have known Delhi by reading this post, then you are a genius, because I don’t have the audacity to justify 500 years of history in 500 word post.
So what are you waiting for, get a Metro Railway Card and let me hear your experiences.


                                          Wild Buffalo, Delhi Zoo



                                            Rhinoceros, Delhi Zoo


                                          Isa Khan Tomb



                                           Gate, Humayun's Tomb


                                                        Evening, Humayun's Tomb


                                           Sky, Humayun's Tomb


                                          View from minar, Jama Masjid


                                           Humayun's Tomb


                                          Jama Masjid


                                                        Jama Masjid


                                                         Window, Humayun's Tomb


                                                       Tree, Lotus temple


                                           Evening in delhi
 

                                                        Door, Humayun's Tomb


                                          Methods of restoration, Humayun's Tomb



                                                       Sir jo tera chakraye


                                          Lotus temple



                                          Within Humayun's Tomb


                                          Qutub Complex





                                        Purana Qila




                                                        More of Qutub Complex





                                                       Qutub Minar


                                                        India Gate

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