Akshardham and Other Treasures in New Delhi!

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Akshardham at dusk
Akshardham
There is a temple in Delhi travel guide">New Delhi called Akshardham. In my mind, it was much more amazing than the Taj Mahal, though new! If you get an opportunity, I would definitely take a day to spend in Akshardham. Since the bombing in India in Sept 08 at a temple, you were not allowed a camera, purse, nothing. Just money and passport only. I was heartbroken to not be able to bring my camera, but am so happy we went.

Akshardham is a new temple in New Delhi, opened to the public November 6, 2005 in honor of the spiritual leader, Bhagwan Swaminiarayan, who traveled barefoot throughout India, spreading enlightenment. The art form has been lost to the world for 900 years, but the country found men in remote areas of India who had the knowledge handed down through generations.
Akshardam behind the red wall
These men were brought to Delhi and work daily, hand carving every stone to be placed at the temple.

It seems to go on forever and really doesn't look real. It is a very spiritual place, very peaceful, and after a day, I was only able to see a small portion of this amazing work of art! All staff are volunteers and this organization has many volunteer organizations to help throughout India. And hard enough to believe, but there is no admission to visit. At sun down, there is an amazing light show in the water gardens. I can't wait to return. If you are interested, visit www.akshardham.com. I highly recommend it!

Qutb Minar
While kicking around Delhi we decided to visit Qutb Minar and it was gorgeous! This area had been deserted for hundreds of years and vagrants squated on the property. However, Delhi government realized that westerners would pay to visit something like Qub Minar.
The wall of elephants around Akshardham
At that point, the homeless were booted out of the premises, it was cleaned up and restored as much as possible, resulting in a gorgeous old temple with various graves and temples throughout.

Qutb Minar tower is so tall getting a good photo would take a miracle, but I did my best. On the grounds there, of course, are tombs and pilars galore.

Humayun's Tomb
For a country so short on space, the old kings and royals sure used up a lot of it! The tombs are these rolling grounds, beautiful beyond compare, all for a single tomb in the middle. The game is...find the actual tomb! There are so many areas and yards you have to hunt around, but when you find it, there is no mistaking the tomb.

I went to the side of the temple entry and found the workers hand carving each stone with small hand files and chisels and hammers. There are no high tech fixes here!
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Akshardham at dusk
Akshardham at dusk
Akshardam behind the red wall
Akshardam behind the red wall
The wall of elephants around Aksha…
The wall of elephants around Aksh…
Water Garden - Light Show
Water Garden - Light Show
Water garden during the day
Water garden during the day
Sculpture in Display at Akshardham
Sculpture in Display at Akshardham
Gardens in Akshardham
Gardens in Akshardham
Qutb Minar entry
Qutb Minar entry
Qutb Minar
Qutb Minar
Iltutmishs Tomb - Qutb Minar prem…
Iltutmish's Tomb - Qutb Minar pre…
Qutb Minar
Qutb Minar
Alai Darwaza in Qutb Minar
Alai Darwaza in Qutb Minar
Better view of Qutb Minar
Better view of Qutb Minar
Pilars in the area of Qutb Minar
Pilars in the area of Qutb Minar
Humayans Tomb
Humayan's Tomb
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photo by: peeyushmalhotra