Here I bring to you the cultural side!
In this section I will try to bring to you the cultural side of the city. Delhi has always had something for culture freaks, the capitals calendar is filled year-round with concerts, recitals and cultural extravaganzas. Afterall, this is the city of Khushro & Ghalib. Indeed, in the past decades or so, Delhi has become an important center of cultural activities with many of the countries top artists, from dancers to theaterists performing in the capital. Delhi thus boasts a wide variety, whether it’s “Kathak” from Lucknow or a “Kathakali” performance from Kerala. Do book tickets in advance for the more popular shows—though rausuously partying the night away,this city hasn’t forgotten its roots. The India Council for Cultural Relations ( Azad Bhawan, Indraprastha Estate), arranges various programmes, featuring Indian and International artists, and the Parsi Anjuman Hall (Near Delhi Gate, Bhadur Shah Zafar Marg.)has been running its programme, Dances in India (culled from the best of Indian’s classical , folk and tribal dance repertorie), for 27 years now. Plays are always being staged at popular theatres including the Shriram Centre, India Habitat Centre, and the Mandi House Cultural Complex. Additionally the British Council, Alliance Franchise and the Hungarian Centre organize film festivals. The Siri Fort Auditorium too hosts many international movie fests.
Names of Few City Art Centres:
Shridharani ( at Mandi House), Rabindra Bhawan ( at Mandi House), LTG (at Mandi House), Vadhera ( at Defence Colony), Visual Art Gallery ( at India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road), Art Clive ( at Greater Kailash Part II ).
If you want the correct pronunciation, I refer to VT-member The_Heart_of_Worship. We made an appointment on my second Delhi day and he actually knew the place pretty well, but due to my western pronunciation, he didn’t quite see what I meant
Anyway, this is a great place to eat, with a mix of locals and tourists. It’s situated on Connaught Place and is famous for its dosas ( a kind of crêpe with fillings and sauces) It can get pretty crowded in here, so you might have to share tables with other people, a great opportunity to meet others! I can't remember the Indian name, but it was a dosa with potatoes inside and 4 different sauces, one of them having a coconut flavour.
Bahai Lotus Temple
Bahai’s Temple is a very recent architectural marvel of the Bahai faith and is visible from several spots in south Delhi. Located in Kalkaji in the south of Delhi, it is lotus shaped and has rightly been given the name. It is made of marble, cement, dolomite and sand.
The Bahai Faith is almost 150 years old. It has been founded in Persia by Bahaullah. The temple overwhelmed me with its clean and white form. Friendly people, mainly from USA, greated me at the entrance. The temple has a very quite and refreshing atmosphere.
DIVINITY IN DEATH - HUMAYUN'S TOMB (1)
Another gem in Delhi's embarrasing riches of Mughal architecture, Humayun's Tomb is a vision that will stay with you for days on end.
Aside from its almost unbelievable symmetrical perfection, the Tomb shares another similarity with the monument it is most compared to - The Taj Mahal. Both were created as remembrances for a lost love. Except, this one was commisioned by a woman (Hamida Begum), for her deceased husband (Humayun).
Further proof, if any were needed, that nothing remains forever... except love.
Nehru Memorial Museum
The Nehru Memorial Museum is located in one of the most imposing and stately buildings of Lutyen's New Delhi, Teen Murti Bhavan on Teen Murti Road. Originally the official home of the British commander-in-chief of the Indian army, this graceful colonial building became the residence of India's first Prime Minister and national leader, Jawaharlal Nehru, who lived here for sixteen years.
Depicting various facets of life of the great statesman, the memorial has a fine collection of rare photographs from his family album, his personal letters and newspaper clippings providing detailed information on the National Movement of India. You're able to walk round the house and see into the rooms that have been preserved just as they were when Nehru was living there. These include his study, the room he died in, his bedroom and sitting room. There are also many gifts on display from foreign nations that were presented to him.
Open: Tues-Sun 9am-5.30pm. Closed Mondays. Admission is free.