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I travelled to India to attend a wedding, not knowing what to expect really. Before the festivities for this event began there was some opportunity to tour Delhi. Hiring a driver for the day, Mulugeta, Eliane, Regine and I traveled around the city. Delhi is something to elplore for sure. Some highlights include: 

Lakshmi Narayan (First temple in India with no caste restrictions). 20th century architecture - quiet and peaceful grounds surround this temple. 

Qutb Minar (12th century - a mixture of Hindu art and Islamic architecture). The Qutb (Arabic for pole) is the world's highest single tower. 

Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum - Several rooms of the house she lived in while prime minister are preserved, and on the grounds where she was assassinated.

Rashtrapati Bhavan & Jaipur column
Rashtrapati Bhavan (President of India's official residence). The Jaipur column with the star of India on top can be seen here. The surrounding area houses many of the government buildings with an English architectural flavor from the colonial days.

Overall, the city is fairly dirty with some incredible smells and poverty to witness. Nevertheless, it is a fascinating place, where ever you go. The people - poor, rich, and ordinary mix together in a culture that reaches back in time and demonstrates preservation of a way of life. In history, religion, tradition, language, and society. The city of Delhi is really quite an expansive city and getting around really requires some form of public transportation. The most convenient way is to hire a driver for a day to take you around.

Wedding at the Taj
They can be arranged for a relatively inexpensive fee, especially if traveling in a small group. This is beneficial for seeing the major sites, visiting the shopping districts or finding decent places to eat. The metro system and rickshaw drivers are additional options.

The wedding in Delhi was storybook sensational. There were several events leading up to the wedding day (Mata Ki Chowki ceremony, Mehendi ceremony and a cocktail party one night at the Claridges Hotel). The wedding ceremony was held at the Taj Palace Hotel. But before entering the Taj there was a procession for the groom outside (It was like the Macy's day parade - Amazing!!). The wedding was something to behold too - especially the entry of the groom, followed by the entry of the bride. It just transcends description.

Travel Conference
I have never seen anything quite like it. The ceremony itself lasted several hours, but it was a time for conversation, mingling, watching and enjoying. It was in the open air and the ceremony in the pavilion was a center point, but it was a gathering and social event too. It was all very nice and there was a reception afterwards. There were perhaps several hundred people attending the wedding and reception. It was a grand gathering and a celebration I shall not forget. I have never seen a wedding quite like this, not do I think I am likely to again. It was truly fascinating, intriguing, absorbing and culturally engaging experience

spocklogic says:
A driver is the best way to go, and the city is so vast it's difficult to see on your own. Tried some of the public transport too - very crowded and uncomfortable.
Posted on: Oct 07, 2015
spocklogic says:
In genuine cultural ways, this would be hard to top as far as enrichment beyond tourism goes. This was the real deal in experiencing something unique and traditionally Indian that not many people have a chance to see.
Posted on: May 23, 2012
Vanessa_Mun_Yee says:
congrats on your featured blog!
Posted on: Oct 11, 2011
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Delhi India
Delhi India
Rashtrapati Bhavan & Jaipur column
Rashtrapati Bhavan & Jaipur column
Wedding at the Taj
Wedding at the Taj
Travel Conference
Travel Conference
Lakshmi Narayan Mandir
Lakshmi Narayan Mandir
Steps in the shade
Steps in the shade
Qutb Minar plaque
Qutb Minar plaque
Qutb Minar
Qutb Minar
Me - Qutb Minar
Me - Qutb Minar
Columns a plenty
Columns a plenty
Among the columns - Regine
Among the columns - Regine
Sunset Arch
Sunset Arch
Indira Gandhis study
Indira Gandhi's study
Indira Gandhis Bookshelf
Indira Gandhi's Bookshelf
Life of Indira Gandhi
Life of Indira Gandhi
Indira Gandhi memorial plaque
Indira Gandhi memorial plaque
Indira Gandhis last steps
Indira Gandhi's last steps
Lutyens iron gates
Lutyen's iron gates
Regine DeWees & Eliane Petros
Regine DeWees & Eliane Petros
Colonial India
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