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    Swami Akshardham Temple - Delhi

    by miguelle_guisson Written Jan 6, 2006

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    Akshardam Temple is located at the banks of River Yamuna in Delhi, this huge temple was bulit at a staggering cost of 45 Million US$, the pink sandstone cultural complex spread over 100 acres showcases the grandeur of Indian history, art, culture and values.

    It took over 7,000 master craftsmen and thousands of volunteers from all over the world almost five years to complete the marvel. The main monument, depicting ancient Indian "vastu shastra" and architecture, is a marvel in pink sandstone and white marble that is 141 feet high, 316 feet wide and 370 feet long with 234 ornate pillars, over 20,000 sculptures and statues of deities, eleven 72-foot-high huge domes (mandapams) and decorative arches. And like a necklace, a double-storied parikrama of red sandstone encircles the monuments with over 155 small domes and 1,160 pillars. The whole monument rises on the shoulders of 148 huge elephants.

    It is one of the biggest and most intricate religious places of worship ever constructed. Combining several completely different and contrasting architectural styles of Hindu temple architecture of northern India --Rajasthani, Orrisan, Gujarati, Mughal and Jain. The Akshardham Monument is entirely constructed of marble and the red sandstone that Delhi is famous for, and that so many of her monuments are constructed of. It was completed in only 5 years a world record of sorts. This temple is an architectural wonder in itself, as it has been made without the use of cement.

    Swaminarayan Akshardham in Delhi epitomises 10,000 years of Indian & Hindu culture in all its breathtaking grandeur, beauty, wisdom and bliss. It brilliantly showcases the essence of India’s ancient architecture, traditions and timeless spiritual messages. The Akshardham experience is an enlightening journey through India’s glorious art, values and contributions for the progress, happiness and harmony of mankind.

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  • Singtali - Watch the river flow down

    by venkann Written Dec 31, 2005

    This a place called Singtali near Derhadun. this place in the foot hills of the Moussurie mountains. A huge river flows thru this place surround by mountains.. One can also spot tibetian monks in this place. if you start trekking up the mountain the experiance is surreal with silence and green landscape

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    gurudwara sisganj sahib

    by FruitLover Updated Nov 30, 2005

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    Sikhs pilgrimage center. Located in Old Delhi.

    Sikhism (Punjabi: ਸਿੱਖੀ) is a religion based on the teachings of ten Gurus who lived primarily in 16th and 17th century in India. It is one of the world's major religions with over 23 million followers. Sikhism comes from the word Sikh, which in turn comes from its Sanskrit root 'úiṣya' (शिष्य) which means "disciple" or "learner", or from the Pâli word 'sikkhâ' (सिक्खा).

    The two core beliefs of Sikhism are:
    - The belief in one God. The opening sentence of the Sikh scriptures is only two words long, and reflects the base belief of all who adhere to the teachings of the religion: ੴ - Ek Onkar
    - The teachings of the Ten Sikh Gurus (as well as other accepted Muslim and Hindu figures) as enshrined in the Guru Granth Sahib.

    Sikh philosophy is characterised by logic, comprehensiveness, and a "without frills" approach to both spiritual and material concerns. Its theology is marked by simplicity.

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    Street barber

    by l_joo Written May 12, 2005

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    Somewhere off the beaten path in New Delhi is not easy, but I try to show you a scene where a barber is shaving someone's beard under a tree. I don't know where exactly this location is, somewhere behind the McDonald's I guessed, it was very hot then, we just strolled along and a guy was following me around said he wants to practice his English with me.

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    National Rail Museum

    by DaDrifter Updated Jan 14, 2005

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    Joy Train at the Rail Museum

    The National Rail Museum is located in Chanakya Puri, close to the diplomatic area of south Delhi. The museum has an indoor gallery and open yard that traces the 150 year old history of the Indian Railways.

    The museum has a rich collection of real life vintage steam engines, diesel and electric locomotives and coaches.

    The museum is visited daily by hundreds of children from Delhi schools. A ride on the joy train is very popular with kids.

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    Purana Quila - Sher Mandal

    by DaDrifter Written Jan 14, 2005

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    Sher Mandal, Purana Quila

    Inside the walls of the fort, the Quila-I-Kunha mosque and Sher Mandal, are the only two standing structures that have stood the test of time. Sher Mandal is an octagonal two-storied structure, which was probably used as a pavilion. The second Mughal emperor Humayun, is said to have fallen to his death from the steps of Sher Mandal.

    The lawns inside the Quila are quite well maintained and it is a good place to spend time basking in the sun, away from the maddening crowds.

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    Purana Quila (Old Fort)

    by DaDrifter Written Jan 14, 2005

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    Purana Quila

    Purana Qila, popularly called the Old Fort, is situated near Pragati Maidan (Exhibitions Ground) on the eastern side of Delhi. Humanyun, the second Mughal emperor started the construction of Dinpannah, a walled city on this area along the banks of the river Yamuna in 1533 AD. Sher Shah Sur, the Afgan ruler who deposed off Humayun built the present day structures that still exist within the fortress.

    The fort is abnormally oblong in shape and its walls extend to over a mile.

    Originally, a moat surrounded the ramparts of the Quila and was connected with the river Yamuna. This has now been converted into a boating club.

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    Indira Gandhi Memorial

    by DaDrifter Updated Dec 19, 2004

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    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.

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    Try to give something to a community that needs it

    by sissah Written Dec 15, 2004

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    children at Prayas

    While I was here, I went with members of the Embassy to Prayas Children's Home. There are homes for street children all across India, and they are very much needed, since there are a million children living on the streets here, forced into horrific abuse and exploitation. If you're here for any significant amount of time, see if there is any sort of project you can get involved with to help out. Perhaps the Embassy is organizing some sort of project somewhere that you can get involved in. This was, by far, my most memorable experience in India, and one I will certainly take with me for the rest of my life.

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    Safdarjung's Tomb

    by DaDrifter Updated Dec 15, 2004

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    Gateway to the Safdarjung's Tomb

    The Safdarjung Tomb is not on the typical tourist map of New Delhi. The red and buff sandstone mausoleum is located near the crossing of Aurobindo Marg and Lodhi Road and is close to the Lodhi Gardens and the Delhi Haat.

    The mausoleum was built by Nawab Shujauddaulah, son of Safdarjung, who was a Wazir to the Mughal emperor Muhammad Shah. The entrance to the mausoleum is a magnificent gateway. The tomb lies in the middle of an elaborate garden. This is a good place to spend some time in quite and peace, away from the maddening crowds.

    The building is often referred to as "The last flicker in the lamp of Mughal Architecture in Delhi".

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    Mingle around with the Indians at India Gate

    by ukirsari Written Aug 20, 2004

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    Well, don't miss the Sunday activity around India Gate. I did whenever visit New Delhi. Many kind of snacks are available around the garden. Try to have Gulab Jamun [deep fried milk and flour balls in thick syrup] and Samosa [deep fried pastry triangels filled with potato and peas] will be so hmmmm ......

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    Take the Old Delhi challenge

    by Tijavi Written Jul 30, 2004

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    Gateway to Old Delhi

    As a foreigner I have always been warned to stay out of Old Delhi, the older part of the city. Old Delhi's narrow, crowded streets contrast sharply with New Delhi's wide, landscaped boulevards.

    But dangerous and grimy as it seems, Old Delhi exudes a more exotic, more charming aura, which to me is more typical of India. So if you have the time and the guts, get out of our comfort zone and brave the streets of Old Delhi for here lies the true spirit of this great nation.

    Take the Old Delhi challenge!

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    Cradts Museum.

    by radz Written Feb 27, 2004

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    wood work.

    Crafts meseum near Purana QIia.Its inside Pragati Maidan.This main place to showcases India's master craftsman works.Mainly pottery,weaving,painting and carving.
    Usually when going to Purna Qila , its near by Museum.Worth to have a look.
    Admisson is free.

    Address:
    Bhairon Road,Pragati Maidan,NewDelhi-110001

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    The Muses do Live Here

    by joidevivre Updated Nov 7, 2003

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    Often my friends from other parts of India have alleged that Delhi is too Mammon-obssessed, lacks 'culture' (I presume they mean high culture) and its arts landscape is rather barren. I really don't know how and when such impressions took root, because even a casual visitor can figure out that this is not the case. Yes, the fact that Delhi is the seat of political power overwhelms the image of the city, and the fact that we don't really think much of the intellect of our politicians doesn't help either. So the question that visitors to Delhi ask is: With so many dumb politicians swarming the city, is there breathing space for the arts to survive?

    Yes it does, in many evocative, intangible and interesting ways. There's theatre, formal, folk and street, the city has more galleries than any other big Indian metropolis (that's probably due to the growing trend of art as investment in India) and there are innumerable performances of classical Indian dances. And all this is very accessible, the ticket prices to performances are either nominal or non-existent (courtesy subsidization of art by the Indian government) and all you need is to scan through the events page of an English language local daily (of which there are several).

    More specifically, do check out the plays performed by the students of the National School of Drama, the premier drama school in the country. The performances are polished and professional (although mostly in Hindi) and would give you an idea of the continuity in the theatre traditions in India, from classical to modern times.

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    Purana Quila(Old fort)16th century A.D

    by radz Written Oct 1, 2003

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    Purana quila

    This is old fort build bye Afghan ruler Sher Sha Suri.Its diffrent from other fort of Mughal
    s,its simple,covers almost mile long ,with 3 gates,surrounded by moat.
    Moat was fed by river Yamuna...Now one can go by boating here.Not big like lake,
    but its good to see within city NewDelhi,u have boating facilities.!!!!
    Evening there is Light and Sound Shows ,showing 5000 years of Delhi's past is conducted by Delhi Tourism
    both in Hindi,&English.

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