Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Once Indraprastha - now its New Delhi

Jama Masjid
It was Delhi when we were coming back from Manali.It was nit difficult to adjust with the climate but i had a good day out there in Delhi.

First up on our tour, we visited the Qutb Minar Stone Tower, which was quite a large place and very popular with the local tourists. Lots of stone carvings and pretty surroundings. Our very enthusiastic guide shared with us the story of the tower, and the best photo angles! 

Next up was Humayun's Tomb which was quite impressive, and has similarities to the Taj Mahal with a similar layout and design. We spent a short time walking around in the heat. As the name would suggest, it is a tomb that holds a number of family members. 
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The Isa Khan Tomb Enclosure was nearby and quite pretty. These attractions took thousands of labourers, and years of work to build. 

Possibly the most interesting part of the day for me was the driving (or crawling) through Delhi. As we got into Old Town, there was simply a gridlock of cars, rickshaws, bikes and pedestrians with little coordination. People hanging off buses, transporting huge quantities of belongings, a market nearby and lots of yelling and horns of course. From my sheltered window I could happily observe it all! Colourful and lively that's for sure! 

Finally after all the traffic, we arrived at Jama Masjid just before prayers, so it was a quick visit. At sunset it was beautiful as the light changed and the sun filtered through. There were crowds and crowds of people milling around, sharing food and children playing. It seemed to be a very social place. We left shortly before prayers began as we were not allowed to stay. 

Our final stop on our quick Delhi tour was a drive-by of Parliament. It literally was a drive-by as cars are not allowed to stop. It was reminiscent of other grand Parliament buildings, with the Presidential Palace looking rather enormous!
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I was grateful for the rise in temperature from Manali, but the city itself and the amount of traffic was overwhelming. It was good to see a different side of India and the way life went about in Delhi. There was something to look at on every single corner with people going about their business! Not to mention the architecture, the hints of British influence and the crazy overhead wires! 

It was all an experience, and I was happy to visit, but for me Manali will always win over Delhi. I did however enjoy snapping away in Delhi as there was so much going on! 

And I quote Amelia Earhart...."Adventure is worthwhile"! 


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