New Delhi: Must See Places

“India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.” Mark Twain

April 2008 – My first trip to India.

A country much more beautiful, coloful, vibrant, and friendly than I have ever imagined.

My first glimpse of New Delhi….

LAL QILA – The Red Fort was the palace for Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan’s new capital, Shahjahanabad, the seventh Muslim city in the Delhi site. This was built in 1648.

The fort is also the site from which the Prime Minister of India addresses the nation on August 15 , the day India achieved independence from the British. It also happens to be the largest monument in Old Delhi.

The India Gate is a war memorial commemorating the Indian dead of the First World War. It is almost 138 feet tall.

Park besides the India Gate…

We were able to catch the Sunday morning parade…

Rashtrapati Bhavan (Sanskrit for ‘President House / Presidential Palace’) is the official residence of the President of India…

Rashtrapati Bhavan is the biggest residence of any President in the world…

The Presidential Palace from down the road…

The Parliament…

The Jama Masjid – commissioned by Emperor Shah Jahan, and completed in the year 1656 AD, it is one of the largest and best-known mosques in India. It is also at the beginning of a very busy and popular street/center in Old Delhi, Chandni Chowk. The courtyard of the mosque can hold up to twenty-five thousand worshipers…

This is a door from Indira Gandhi’s home. She was India’s first and to date the only female prime minister…

October 31, 1984 – this is where Indira Gandhi was shot with machine guns in the garden of the Prime Minister’s Residence at No. 1, Safdarjung Road in New Delhi. As she was walking to be interviewed by the British actor Peter Ustinov filming a documentary for Irish television, she passed a wicket gate, guarded by Satwant and Beant. They then opened fire with machine guns, after which one shot himself and the other was arrested by her other bodyguards. Gandhi died on her way to the hospital.

Indira Gandhi…

Qutub Minar is the tallest brick minaret in the world, 239 ft high. Purpose of building this minaret: for azaan, a watch tower, and a monument of victory signifying the might of Islam.

It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site…

The beautiful Arabic calligraphy in red sandstone, up close…

Latticed stone screens and detailed carvings showcase the remarkable craftsmanship of the Turkish artisans who worked on it…

The Bahá’í House of Worship in Delhi, popularly known as the Lotus Temple. It was completed in 1986 and serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent…

This is exactly how I felt upon visiting India…

“There are some parts of the world that, once visited, get into your heart and won’t go. For me, India is such a place. When I first visited, I was stunned by the richness of the land, by its lush beauty and exotic architecture, by its ability to overload the senses with the pure, concentrated intensity of its colors, smells, tastes, and sounds. It was as if all my life I had been seeing the world in black and white and, when brought face-to-face with India, experienced everything re-rendered in brilliant technicolor.” Keith Bellows (Editor-in-chief, National Geographic Society)

12 comments

  1. Thank you.

    My last trip to Pakistan was in January this year. I attended dinner parties practically every evening. Absolutely exhausting! Not to mention weight gain. Almost all the photos are of family members and friends, so I don’t have anything to post on here.

    Not sure about when the next trip will be. My sisters and parents are here in Dubai, so I’m not so enthusiastic about going there now. I’ll probably go when there’s a wedding to attend.

    When are you going again to Lahore?

  2. Oh! Was it early or late Jan? I was there from 27th Jan to 7th Feb.

    Hmmm maybe Dec again or Jan…

    Dinner parties! I guess u dont really need sight seeing. Oh u went to Lahore or…. kahaan?

  3. I was there from December 24 till January 15. In fact, I was there when Benazir was assasinated, so we couldn’t get out of our homes for three whole days. You know, hartaal and stuff.

    No, I don’t really go sight seeing in Karachi. I was born and raised there, so don’t feel touristy at all, lol.

  4. Thanks for the excellent post and pictures…
    It’s heartening to know your views about India

    Thanks to you from an Indian

    vivek mittal

  5. extremely b’ful pictures !!
    thanks for sharing….the pictures as well as the beautiful comments….

    Bhagwan aapko hamesha khush rakhein !!

  6. Thank you, Anonymous! (though I wished you had a name 🙂 ) I’m glad you liked the pictures. This was my very first trip to India, and the most special one so far.

  7. hi every budy,
    I am a Pakistani and want ti vist india for my business purpose like vist reindia expo2011
    But when i try to get visa oh my god it is very dificalt task and i don’t think so that i get visa , i think the business man and common people want to visit inda as well as Pakistan so i appel to both Govt. Please help the people and make no hurdus to meet people to each other ,

  8. I understand what you mean, Ahmed. I am married to an Indian national and still have a hard time getting visa. And it’s vice-versa: he has a hard time getting into Pakistan too.

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