Placed at the eastern end of the 2 mile long Rajpath avenue, the India Gate is a reminiscence of Paris' Triump de Arc. It was built to commemorate the Indian and British soldiers who died in WW I and there's an eternal flame in memory of the soldiers who died in the 1971 India-Pakistan War. You can actually stop at the other end of the gate and take quick pictures of it on the middle of the road.
Lodi Gardens is like an oasis in the middle of a desert. Most of the who's who of New Delhi spent their jogging and yoga hours in this beautifully landscaped garden. Its pathways are nicely lined with trees with subpathways leading to some tombs and a mosque. In the northern end of the garden is a pool and a stone bridge called Athpula or 8 piers that dates back to the 17th century.
The only structure that is still in good condition is this well-proportioned Qila i Kuhna Mosque. Unexpectedly this picture captures that exact aspect down to the number of tips on top of the arches on both sides.
Humayun tragically lost his life after missing his footing while hurrying down the steps of this library upon hearing the prayer call. Known as Sher Mandal, this rather small and dilapidated structure could be a surprise to some for an imperial library but do remember that literacy was a rare skill 450 years ago and getting a book wasn't as easy as click and pay.
I visited Purana Qila since it is just a small distance from Humayun's tomb and also because I saw a picture of its imposing gateway that I thought worth seeing. Unfortunately by the time I arrived there, my memory of the gateway was a little blurred and what I saw was definitely not awe-inspiring. I should have known better that I entered from the wrong entrance so don't make the same mistake but enter from the Bara Darwaza gateway on the western wall. The interior of this site is actually in ruins and there's not much standing buildings left apart from a library and a mosque. Indeed, acrcheological excavation is still being conducted as there are tons of artefacts waiting to be unearthed.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.