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    Traffic in Delhi and India in General

    by atufft Written Apr 29, 2007

    For those new to India, Delhi provides a good introduction to the wild and congested traffic typical of Indian cities. All forms of transport imaginable--motor, animal, and human driven--are found in the city. Unlike more sophisticated Mumbai, Delhi has yet to outlaw the three wheeled "space invader" 2 stroke motorcycle taxis that contribute so much to pollution at the street level. Along the streets in Old Delhi, in particular there are a wide variety of storefronts. I was particulary impressed by the busy bicycle shops, repairing and retrofiting wheels and frames to get folks back on the road. Indian automobiles and trucks have no side view mirrors because they are considered to dangerous for bicycles and other transport that much share in close confines the pavement of any given street. Traffic lanes are for the most part ignored, if there are any at all, and those tricky traffic circles are more common that street lights. Occasionally, a police officer will be seen directing traffic, not just for an emergency, but as routine job of managing traffic flow. Because side view mirrors are absent, trucks can't see what's around them, and commonly on the rear of the truck is a sign that reads: "Please Honk". So while honking ones horn may be considered rude or pushy in American traffic custom, car honking to push ones way through or to warn a truck is common place. Needless to say, the traffic sound volume is high and pollution horrible. After just two day's stay in Delhi, we were ready to clear out our lungs.

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    Nizamuddin dargah

    by husain Updated Mar 25, 2007

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    The Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, in south Delhi is the mausoleum of one of Indias most famous Sufi saints- Nizamuddin Auliya, who lived in the thirteenth century.
    It is visited by many of people of all religions, and there is an ever-present crowd of devotees and mystics, and qawwali musicians.
    Every Thursday, sufi musicians sing devotional qawwalis in honour of Hazrat Nizamuddin.

    Its located across the road from Humayun's tomb, on Mathura road (and a short walk thru the meandering crowded lane...)

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    Holi celeberations...

    by husain Written Mar 4, 2007

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    The `festival of colours' which marks the begining of spring and traces its origins to a tale of a victory of good over evil, is one of the big festivals on the calendar in India.
    Its a day when people from all age groups get pasted with colour, streets are deserted for much of the day, and it is a national holiday of course. By the time the Holi activities ease out- around mid afternoon, everyone whos participated in the crazy fun ends up looking about the same shade of blue/black/green/red/whatever...

    neighbourhood kids playing holi
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    Teen Murti monument/ India Gate: Family connection

    by husain Updated Mar 3, 2007

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    The Teen Murti monument is located outside Teen Murti Bhavan (which used to be home to Jawahar lal Nehru- India's first Prime Minister, and previous to that- the commander-in-chief of the British forces in India).

    The Monument is a memorial to Indian Soldiers killed in action during the first world war, fighting for the Allies/ British. The monument bears names of soldiers from 3 regiments, one of which is `The Hyderabad Lancers', and my Great-Grandfather Major Mohammed Ali Mirza, was one of those soldiers. His name is engraved right on top on that list here. Its something that makes me feel a connection to the city of Delhi and also proud...
    India Gate bears his name too, i am told, though its tough to locate where, due to the sheer size of the monument.

    Detail from teen Murti Monument Teen Murti monument Hyderabad Lancers Buckle... close up...
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    Republic Day Parade 26 Janury

    by RAJASTHANBYCAR Written Jan 25, 2006

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    A national festival that no tourist should miss. Celebrated on the 26th of January when India became a Republic. It is the most spectacular pageant of Delhi. The march past includes military displays, elephant pageantry, floats representing different states etc.

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    Levitation Trick

    by grets Written May 30, 2005

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    Looking down on the market place below from the Red Fort, we could watch the levitation trick take place.

    A young man laid down on a board on the ground and was covered with a cloth. His head was constantly visible through a hole in the cloth.

    The cloth would appear to be rising from the ground, as if the entire board he was lying on was levitating above the ground. His body was quite obviously in the reclinging position from the angle of his head.

    Trick? Undoubtedly, but still very clever.

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    Snake charmer

    by grets Updated May 30, 2005

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    Many places we went, we saw the snake charmers with their reptile in a basket - the musician would play on his flute, and the snake would stick his head up out of the basket. The whole idea is that you will pay to take a photograph.

    This guy was outside the Raj Ghat.

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    Cows on the streets!

    by Vija_v Written May 20, 2005

    India is popular with the holy cows, which are hanging around the streets all the time. I just never know that, at first, they are so many and everywhere- even in the railways station. On second, it was really funny to see that every hawker has a stick and when the cows are coming closer and trying to steal sth eatable, hawkers starting to scream and trying to flog the poor animal.

    Also, it is really interesting that the main food for the cows are plastic bags. Poor them! :)

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    Traffic Melody

    by diageva Updated Aug 20, 2004

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    You have heard about traffic problems? ... there was not so many traffic jam ... what is more carasteristic is the way they drive. They are always with the claxon ... the street is noisy as no other I have been at. Bigs cars make their claxon sound for make little ones to move off ... every body makes their claxon sound all the time with no stop ... :)))))))))))
    "HORN PLEASE"
    "BLOW HORN"
    That is what you will read at the back of the vehicules :)

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    Charity

    by diageva Written Aug 1, 2004

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    At the sijk temple we could see how people get there to eat for free, and also for illness.. they gave them basic but good food. I had the oportunity to try it and to chare with them ... and to get inside the kitchen to see how they prepared it.

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    Rich private urbanizations

    by diageva Written Aug 1, 2004

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    You will find people sitting on the floor of the streets selling things, cutting hair, reparing shoes, asking for money, resting, cleaning their self ... and with rubbish around ... but there is a diferent Delhi after the grates of the private urbanizations of clean streets, clean houses, no poor people, no people selling things at the streets

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    Cows

    by diageva Written Aug 1, 2004

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    Well its known that cows walk through the streets nearly where ever they want ... I thought they all respect them ... but not all indians treat them well :)) ... they are push to get out of the way ... they get food from the rubish of the markets and also of some people that gave them food.

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    Delhi Offices

    by diageva Written Aug 1, 2004

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    As rents at Delhi are very expensive you will find that many offices like travel agencies, money change, banks, shops, hotels ... aren`t at street floor but at 1st or more top floors. Getting up through dark and dirty steps you don't think something good is comming after, but yes ... there are good offices up there ...

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    Women Elegance and Beauty.

    by diageva Written Aug 1, 2004

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    Indian women are extremely elegant, no matter if they are rich or poor you will find these beautiful women always with great elegance dressed, always with stunning bright colours. Its true that in the city there are no so many colours, and people is dress more in occidental way … but as in the monuments you will find Indian tourist … there you will find more colours than in any other places.

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    Asking for money

    by diageva Written Aug 1, 2004

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    Children will ask you for money ... and also people with some kind of illness. They ask to tourist and to indian people... they can be very insistent.
    Few times the children asked me for an ice cream if there where near an ice cream shop :))) if you speak with these children you will see you can get a smile from them :)

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