Indira Gandhi Memorial
The former residence of the Late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi has been converted into a museum memorial. This is also the place where she was assasinated and fell to the bullets of her own security guards. The memorial is located on Safdarjung Road, close to the diplomatic area of New Delhi. The memorial houses a large collection of photographs and personal belongings of Mrs Indira Gandhi and her son, late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
It is a nice quite place to pay respect and get a glimpse of the life of a political dynasty that has had a larger than life role in the Indian politics.
The collection of her personal effects is quite fascinating - from the simple toys from her early chilhood, letters written to her father, brass utensils used at her Hindu wedding, gifts received from visiting Heads of States, to the blood stained saree worn by her on the day she was killed.
The pathway in the garden where she fell has been covered in glass and kept intact.
The finest food in Delhi
At the time I was there, this restaurant had just won an award. It certainly served the finest Indian food that I have ever eaten.
It has a luxurious Mughal setting, with marble walls, a fountain and traditional Indian musicians playing on a dais.
The buffet is superb, particularly the vegetarian curries. My favourite dishes included the raan mussalam, murg mussalam, mahi mussalam, kathal (jackfruit) curry, sag paneer and kheer.
Wade into Chandni Chowk
Chandni Chowk is the heart of Old Delhi, a teeming mass of narrow streets, shops, electric lines, autorickshaws, cycle rickshaws, oxcarts and just about any other form of life or life action that you can imagine. When you first think of life in the center of an old Indian city, Chandni Chowk is what you imagine.
Chandni actually used to be the old imperial avenue during the time of Shah Jahan - the guy who build the Taj Mahal. In fact, parts of the area used to be canals, hence my little commentary about "wade into Chandni Chowk". Some three hundred years ago, you'd have seen imperial processions including elephants, jeweled courtisans and all sorts of Moghul glamour and grandeur.
These days, it's more of "anything goes" as a market place. You'll see barbershops, street corner dentists (yikes!), spice shops, tobacco sellers, wedding supply markets, all sorts of street food vendors, the ubiquitous touts and beggars, and even - on the side streets - extravagantly decorated apartment and residential buildings, some of them hundreds of years old.
The thing that blew my mind about Chandni were the electric lines overhead. I come from a country that is heavily (and definitely over) regulated. There are rules about rules in America. And the country's electric grid and electrical engineering are subject to very strict inspections and practice. It does not appear to be the case in India, or at least in the Chandni Chowk area. Every pole seems to be overloaded with haphazardly fashioned electical lines of every possible sort. In truth, the first thing that popped into my head as I looked up at the copper cacophony was.... "I can't believe there isn't a major fire around here once a week". But, apparently not. Although it's crowded, chaotic and seemingly without a shred of planning, Chandni Chowk seems to work for its residents. And, it's a great place for we tourists to get a sniff of Old Delhi and the way it's been for centuries.
Hire yourself a cycle rickshaw and enjoy a ride through Chandni Chowk.
I'm told that most of the shop are closed on Sunday, so that presents a dilemma.... going through the area on a Sunday would be less chaotic and would probably offer you a better chance to take time and look things over... during regular days, tourists will be quickly engulfed if they linger for long in one spot. But, missing the chaos of Monday through Saturday Chandni Chowk would probably leave a great deal of the fun out of thing. :)
Qutub Minar is the tallest brick minaret in the world, and an important example of Indo-Islamic Architecture. The tower is in the Qutb complex in South Delhi, India. The Qutub Minar and its monuments are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Surrounding the building are many fine examples of Indian artwork from the time it was built in 1193. A second tower was in construction and planned to be taller than the Qutub Minar itself. Its construction ended when it was about forty feet tall.
National Museum - Indian Textiles [V]
Term "Phulkari" is generally used for embroidered head-covering of Punjab. In Phulkari whole ground is embroidered with flower motifs, hence it is known as 'Phul-kari', which means flower work.