Heritage Walk in Shahjahanabad guiding you throught the lanes and neighbourhoods pointing out places of historic, religious & architectural importance, intricately designed haveils, getway and arches.
Hire a ricksaw and get a tour of the old market lanes. Our trip probably lasted 30 minutes and cost 100 rupees plus tips. What a bargain for a fantastic experience.
The lanes have whole roads dedicated to selling individual products. Fabric, jewels, car parts, text books. Unusual combinations but it is a great experience and the lanes are a lovely place to explore by foot as well.
It is such a colourful and vibrant place, my words can't do it justice, but it is so worth a visit.
The Akshardham temple complex has been built on the banks of the serene River Yamuna and lies over a sprawling 100 acres of lush manicured lawns adorned with water fountains and carved pavilions.
The main monument at the Akshardham temple in Delhi is about 141-foot high and houses a lovely statue of Lord Swaminarayan.
The temple which depicts the Hindu mythology and Indian culture promises to attract lakhs of tourists’ every year with its religious tourism.
The temple has 234 ornate pillars, 20,000 statues and many arches. Besides the Swaminarayan temple the complex consists of the main monument, exhibition halls, an IMAX theatre and a musical fountain, surrounded by a garden. It also got a restaurant modeled on the Ajanta and Ellora caves and an Ayurvedic bazaar.
Bangla Sahib Gurudwara is a magnificent and spacious bungalow in Delhi owned by Raja Jai Singh Amber (Jaipur) who commanded great respect and honour in the court of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb now enjoys the status of a holy shrine called Gurdwara Bangla Sahib. The eighth Guru Sri Harkishan had stayed here for a few months as guest of Raja Jai Singh. Since then it has become a place of pilgrimage for both, Hindus and Sikhs. They pay their respect to the memory of Guru Harkrishan, nominated as successor by the seventh Guru, Sri Har Rai. He passed away on October 6, 1661 A.D. When only a little over five year old, he had been tried and tested as a perfect fearless and fully illuminated soul.
Cycle rickshaws are a common sight in Old Delhi, in the Chandni Chowk/ Red Fort/ jama Masjid area... and its a good way to weave your way thru the crowds.
For first timers however, it may turn out to be a more testing experience!;)
Jitka took one such ride....
Shri Ram Centre, which became functional in the early ‘60’s, House is the nerve centre of cultural activity in Delhi. Close to Connaught Place, the complex has a number of auditoria and cultural institutions where regular performances take place. The other main cultural centre is the Siri Fort auditorium near the Asian Games Village.
Shanidham temple located 5 KM from Chattarpur Temple.The temple is famous for having the tallest statue of Lord Shani existing anywhere in the world. Shani is one of the nine Navagraha or primary celestial beings in Hindu astrology, embodied in the planet Saturn. Shani is the Lord of Saturday; the word Shani also denotes the seventh day or Saturday in most Indian languages.
Chhatarpur Temple is located on Gurgaon-Mehrauli Road, in South Delhi.Chhatarpur Temple was built by Swami Nagpal Maharaj, who was a great devotee of Goddess Durga. The legend left this corporeal world in the recent years. Erected in white marble, the main shrine is dedicated to Goddess Katyayani (a form of Durga). The main feature about this temple is that its construction doesn't seek any end. The structure of this temple gives the tint of South Indian style of architecture.
Inside the complex, there are several shrines that are dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha, Radha-Krsihna and Lord Rama respectively.On the main entrance, there is an ancient tree that is covered with holy threads. People tie threads or bangles to this tree with the belief that their wishes would be fulfilled.
Observe Indian Parliament
While the parliament is in session one could go as a visitor and observe the fucntioning of the Indian Government’s apex decision making body!
You wont find Indian Parliament in the Banana Republic!!
Try North Indian Chaat. Chaat is a general term used to refer to several preparartions in the snack family of food.
It is sweet, It is sour, It is spicy, Tangy, well almost about everything! Where else one would find so many flavors. Oh! my mouth is already watering
Golgappe: These are lemon size globes made of wheat dough and deep fried. They are quite brittle, the shell is quite thin, and inside there is a cavity. The Golgappe waala would break one side of the ball fill in a mixture of boiled potatoes, boiled grams and masaala paani and hand over to you to eat immediately.
Masaala paani is spiced water with mint and other things and can be quite hot! so be careful. This is one dish which is quite unique to this place.
Then there are other dishes like papri (small platelets of wheat dough deep fried with lots of toppings of curd, chutni, potatoes etc.), dahi bhalle, lachcha tokri, aaloo tikki, aaloo chaat etc etc.
...50 indians who were most interested in visiting the two holy cities of Krishna (Mathura and Vrindaban), a point in the program no one had mentioned to us...
We ended up showing our worship, accepting holy sugar (Krishna was keen on sweets) from a hindu priest and, after a huge body search outside a big Krishna-templecomplex, being denied entrance because we had a lighter in our bag (then we had to walk 0.5 km to another place to deposit the lighter against a fee, how easily screwed can you get as a tourist, hahaha)
The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and was built by the Hare-Rama Hare-Krishna cult followers in 1998.It is one of the most lavish and grand temples of the city. A fine example of architecture, it sports 'Shikharas', rising to a height of 90-ft above ground level. The temple has air-conditioned hall.The fine art paintings by Russian artists here depict lives and events related to Hindu mythological characters, like Radha-Krishna, Sita-Ram, Laxman, Hanuman and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
There is a museum in the temple which organizes multimedia shows to explain the philosophy and teachings of Ramayana and Mahabharata.
One of the famous beaches found in Delhi is the Varkala Beach. The beach is lined up by the coconut palms, much of which are rooted in the cliffs that lie adjacent to the beach. The cliff is stretched for about two kilometres. Varkala is noted for its serene beaches, beach activities and the presence of backwater regions in its vicinity. The undulating cliffs, vast sea beyond and the shades under the coconut groves make the place a popular tourist destination.