Delhi and neighbourhood
Our arrival to Delhi was a bit hectic. It was the National Day and many
streets were closed because of the parades going on. The very left
below shows our group after the arrival at the railway station. We were
accommodated at the guest house of the Indian National Science Academy,
the gate of which is shown below. As you can see from the short
we experienced the first warm days of our India trip. We also
the famous Delhi smog.
New Delhi is a capital of India with large areas of government
Paris-like avenues, arches, statues etc., all illuminated at
We did a lot of sightseeing.
Lodi Gardens and Tombs are located in South Delhi, close to the
quarter. The tombs of Lodi rulers are from 15th and 16th century.
gardens with peaceful athmosphere.
We saw a number of places connected with the Mughal reign of this part
of India (1526-1858). Mostly tombs. Many of them are built of beautiful
red sandstone combined with white marble. With the exception of
all white Taj Mahal, of course.
Safdarjang's tomb. Built for Governor and later Wazir Safdarjang
Mukhim Abdul Khan, died 1754) by his son. The architecture follows the
tradition of the older Humayun's tomb.
Humayun's tomb. A typical example of the Mughal style of tomb, a
of Taj Mahal. Humayun was the second Mughal Emperor in the mid 16th
The tomb was built by his senior widow and mother of his son Akbar,
Begum. She supervised the entire construction of the tomb (1564-73),
on the site.
Jantar Mantar. This is an open air observatory, built in 1725 by
Maharaja Jai Singh II. A smaller brother of the Jantar Mantar
in Jaipur, it consists of grand scale "instruments" for very
measuring of various astronomical data. It looks like a Salvator Dalí,
We also visited Agra, a city about 200 km from Delhi. Why? To see
the Taj Mahal, of course. It is a must for every tourist. Behind it
the Yamuna river, one of the holy rivers of India.
The Taj is a major tourist attraction in India. As such it is
by a dense tourist industry - hosts of street vendors selling all sorts
of things. It is hard to escape their enthusiasm, their chanting
"Mister, mister!" and their hands. Especially children are very
Quite an experience. There was a good moment. A guy below looked at me
(Daniela), turned to Michal and asked: "Wanna whip?"
Fatehpur Sikri. Built by Akbar, the third and greatest of the
as an entirely new capital, some 40 km west of Agra. We visited one
palace of the dead. The bees (last picture) were very much alive,
We took lots of pictures of the Delhi streets. As always, the best
remain only in our memory. Things we saw and could not take from
reasons. Next time we will know better. Or will not? Anyway,
are samples of what we did take.
Delhi traffic is hectic. Thousends of rikshaws, mostly motor
Blaring horns. Still, you can see an elephant (2nd picture, in the
Time was running out fast in Delhi. There were still many
to see but we felt tired. Our minds were bursting with "India".
as we sank into our seats and watched the airhostess spray away
from the plane, we knew. What? That something was ending. That this
had changed our lives. And only time would tell how.
Goodbye, India !
|April 21, 2001
||Copyright 2001 Daniela and