You'll face these.
Well I don't know what to tell about it, but i find it very irritating. Indians! They don't have the habit of Q. Suppose you are standing for a ticket or something like that, they will come and just enter into the line. They are always looking for the gap in which they can fit themselves. And another thing is, while walking they will push you or they will have head on collision and they are so rude, they won't even tell you excuse me. So irritating!!
Taxi Delhi airport
Unless you have a pre arranged transport at Delhi's IGI airport you will require a taxi. There is just one office which you have to call in to pay for your journey and obtain a confirmation document which outside in the chaotic taxi area, the driver will require. Ensure you have the details of the hotel you are going to on a piece of paper and a handful of cash by the time you get to the window of this office as these guys are under pressure and dont tolerate the tourist who dithers.You will be pestered by young men many of whom are not authorised porters, to carry your bags so you will need to be increadibly resiliant to keep them from taking hold of a bag or two. they will even demand money if you make the mistake of putting down your bags whist opening the trunk of your car as they will be on it and in a split second be "helping" you to load your car or taxi. In the taxi area, it is wise to get near to the uniformed gentleman who directs the taxi's, as he gets very disgruntled with these young men and a word from him sends them away for a few moments at least. Be careful not to be called from the often long line-up at the taxi office, to the limo service office alongside. They initially say they are cheap, but you will soon find this is not the case
Jama Masjid (aka Friday mosque)
The largest mosque in India is the final architectural extravagance of Shah Jahan, the Mughal emperor who built the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort. Begun in 1644 and completed in 1656, the highly decorative mosque has 3 great gateways, which can be reached from the east, north and south by three flights of steps, all built of red sandstone. These steps used to house food stalls, shops and street entertainers. In the evening, the eastern side of the mosque used to be converted into a bazaar for poultry and birds in general. Prior to the 1857 War, there was a madrassah near the southern side of the mosque, which was pulled down after the mutiny.
The mosque has 4 angle towers and 2 minarets standing 40m high constructed of strips of red sandstone and white marble, and the courtyard is capable to receive 25,000 devotees. The floor of the mosque is covered with white and black marble ornamented to imitate the Muslim prayer mat; a thin black marble border is marked for the worshippers. Under the domes of the mosque, there is a hall with seven arched entrances. Over these arched entrances there are tablets of white marble, inlaid with inscriptions in black marble. These inscriptions give the history of the building of the mosque, and glorify the reign and virtues of Shah Jahan. The slab over the centre arch contains simply the words "The Guide!"
LP says it is possible to climb the southern minaret, with superb views over the Old Delhi. However, we did not manage to do it…..maybe because it was prayer time, when visitors are required to exit the mosque. Travellers can hire robes at the northern gate.
On April 14, 2006 (the first Friday after the cellebration of Prophet Muhammad's birthday), two explosions occurred in the courtyard of Jama Masjid. The explosions did not cause any damage to the mosque, but at least 13 people were injured in the blasts. According to Delhi police, these were "low-intensity blasts" triggered by crude explosives.
LOTUS TEMPLE- A MASTER PIECE OF MODERN ARCHITECTUR
It is a very recent architectural marvel of the Bahai faith. It is located next to Nehru Place, a major commercial centre of New Delhi. The structure is similar to that of Sydney Opera House. The structure is shaped like a half opened Lotus flower. The structure is made of marble stone, cement, dolomite and sand. Entry is permitted to people of all faiths and is an ideal place for meditation and obtaining peace and tranquility. The lotus flower signifies purity and peace, a representation of the Manifestation of God, to the people of India. This ancient symbol has been given a modern and contemporary form in this structure.
Out of Delhi- Haridwar, the Yoga Capital of India
Due to a delay in the official matters I had three days of break and hence I planned a quick visit to Haridwar. The journey to Haridwar was just four hour long which at the end provided me an opportunity to visit one of the most scenic holy cities of Hindus. The city is situated on the banks of pious River Ganga and from here I was able to see the enigmatic river in its full vigor.
I was continuously accompanied by my tour guide Anil and an enthusiastic Hindu guide as he is he kept telling me various stories out of which I remembered the one according to which the city is one among the four sites where drops of nectar had spilled. Haridwar is best known for being the place of origin of Yoga and hence, in the current times it is home to various Yoga camps. I also took out time for participating into a meditation session which was very relaxing and hence this tour was a great escape from the monotonous city life.