Rich private urbanizations
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
Dirty but ...
Its true that is dirty ... you will find rubbish in the great part of Delhi, but there are parts, of new Delhi where everything is clean.
The white walls of Connaught Place where full of red of something they chew and then thow from the mouth making the wall really dirty and ugly :)
But people don't look to be dirty they look always clean and handsome :)))
Women Elegance and Beauty.
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.
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 ... :)))))))))))
That is what you will read at the back of the vehicules :)
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 ...
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.
Asking for money
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 :)
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...)Related to:
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Teen Murti monument/ India Gate: Family connection
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.Related to:
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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.
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...Related to:
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Republic Day Parade 26 Janury
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.Related to:
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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.
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.
I recommend reading William...
I recommend reading William Dalrymple's, The City of Djinns - A year in Delhi. It has been a wonderful experience to relax and read this book in the Delhi breeze, but you ought to read it before coming to get to really appreciate this city. It presents the reader with a lot of background history and information without ever being boring. Dalrymple has written with a lot of humour and clearly affection for this place.
* Btw. Two of my favorite pages on VT about Delhi are by husain and SirRichard.
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