First day in Old and New Delhi

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Breakfast buffet
This was a early morning, because there was an alarm going for almost a half an hour. When it finally stopped and I fell asleep again, it was the time for the mosque to wake me again. This was at 4:30. When this was over I slept a little bit and woke up for breakfast by my own alarm. We had breakfast in our hotel and met there 2 Dutch woman who where almost finish with there vacation in India.
At 9 am we started our tour in Delhi. First stop was at Jama Masjid of Delhi at the origin of a very busy central street of Old Delhi, Chandni Chowk. This is the largest and best known Mosque in India. If you go inside you have to leave your shoes on the steps, and you hope that they are still there when you come back.
Jama masjid, New Delhi
Mostly somebody is sitting next to your shoes and will ask for some money when you come back from the mosque. In the beginning you pay a few roepies, but after a while you will notice that they only ask money from tourists!

The next stop was outside the red fort. We took some pictures and did not go in. We heard that it was not that spectacular. We drove along and we arrived at the memorial of Mahadma Ghandi. The Raj Ghat, where the body of Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. Above the black marble square is the eternal flame. At 11am we left there and after a lot of traffic we saw for the first time the lotus temple. We visited The Bahá'í House of Worship just known as the lotus temple. Taking pictures inside is not allowed and of course you have to leave your shoes outside.
Lotus Temple or Bahai in Delhi
This time they ask no money for it. This is a prominent attraction in Delhi and they told us that there are four million visitors each year. Thats the same as the Taj Mahal in Agra! The Lotus temple is really a very imposing building because of the specific architecture. It is very open and you feel welcome here.

On our way to the next monument we past the DEVIKA- building. It reminds us to a lovely girlfriend! Around 1 pm we arrived at the Qutb complex. There we saw the largest free standing minaret of the world: The qutab Minar. It is 72,5 meters high. The complex is very big and we took many pictures, but could not see everything.

We left and came in a big traffic jam and decided to go first to the agency to pick up all the papers and vouchers for the next 4 weeks.
Indian woman
The agency is Travel Spirit International. (TSI) Around 4 pm we arrived at the India gate. We took some risks and were taking pictures whilst standing in the middle of the road. All cars where horning, but that is normal in India. We drove over the Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard of Delhi. We first passed the Parliament house of India on your right side. It is the big round building. Then we passed the North and South block. They are secretarial buildings, in the north block are the offices of Finance and Home ministries, and in the south block External affairs and Defense ministries. Finally at the end of the Rajpath you will stop for a gate, in front of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official residence of the President of India. It is not allowed to stop here, so we slowly drove over the Rajpath and got back to the India gate.
Birla Mandir


At 5:15 pm we arrived at the Birla Mandir, also Known As Lakshmi-Narayan Mandi. it is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi, build in 1938. The exterior of the building is faced with the white marble and red sandstone typical of Delhi’s Mughal architecture. Taking pictures inside not allowed, so we just walked around there for a while before we found another entrance on the left side where you can visit the garden in the back. This is very beautiful because the sun is shining on the Birla Mandir and you can take nice pictures from here.

This was the last stop for today and we told our driver to go back to the hotel. We took a cold shower (no hot water) and had diner there. After diner we found in this hotel Broadway, on the first floor a bar called thugs. Very nice bar and very cheap drinks. It is always busy there so that must be a sign that it is a good place to stay. They kicked us out after 12:30 and we had to go to our room and went to sleep.
dyron_888 says:
very nice :)
Posted on: Jul 30, 2011
livelovelaugh87 says:
your blog made me even more excited to go here!
Posted on: Nov 10, 2009
Petra2111 says:
Schitterende foto's Jos!
Posted on: Oct 14, 2009
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Breakfast buffet
Breakfast buffet
Jama masjid, New Delhi
Jama masjid, New Delhi
Lotus Temple or Bahai in Delhi
Lotus Temple or Bahai in Delhi
Indian woman
Indian woman
Birla Mandir
Birla Mandir
Electric wiring is a little chaoti…
Electric wiring is a little chaot…
Jama masjid, New Delhi
Jama masjid, New Delhi
Jama masjid, New Delhi
Jama masjid, New Delhi
Jama masjid, New Delhi
Jama masjid, New Delhi
Jama masjid, New Delhi
Jama masjid, New Delhi
Riksja
Riksja
Going to the Gandhi memorial
Going to the Gandhi memorial
Raj Ghat, Gandhi Memorial
Raj Ghat, Gandhi Memorial
Mahatma Ghandi
Mahatma Ghandi
Mahatma Ghandi
Mahatma Ghandi
Women in New Delhi
Women in New Delhi
Mahatma Ghandi
Mahatma Ghandi
Lotus Temple or Bahai in Delhi
Lotus Temple or Bahai in Delhi
Lotus Temple or Bahai in Delhi
Lotus Temple or Bahai in Delhi
Women at the Lotus temple.
Women at the Lotus temple.
Hey, Devika!
Hey, Devika!
Chipmunks are small squirrel-like …
Chipmunks are small squirrel-like…
72.5 m high Qutb Minar built in 11…
72.5 m high Qutb Minar built in 1…
Qutb Minar built in 1192 CE
Qutb Minar built in 1192 CE
Qutb Minar
Qutb Minar
Qutb Minar
Qutb Minar
The Qutb complex is a group of mon…
The Qutb complex is a group of mo…
72.5 m high Qutb Minar
72.5 m high Qutb Minar
The Qutb complex is a group of mon…
The Qutb complex is a group of mo…
Bird
Bird
I am there.
I am there.
The Qutb complex is a group of mon…
The Qutb complex is a group of mo…
The Qutb complex is a group of mon…
The Qutb complex is a group of mo…
The Qutb complex is a group of mon…
The Qutb complex is a group of mo…
Anna-Isabel and I.
Anna-Isabel and I.
India Gate is 42 m high.
India Gate is 42 m high.
India Gate
India Gate
Tuk-Tuk, auto rickshaw
Tuk-Tuk, auto rickshaw
the gates of Rashtrapati Bhavan, d…
the gates of Rashtrapati Bhavan, …
South Block hosts External affairs…
South Block hosts External affair…
North Block (Secretariat Building)…
North Block (Secretariat Building…
Parliament House of India.
Parliament House of India.
Birla Mandir
Birla Mandir
Garden of Birla Mandir
Garden of Birla Mandir
Birla Mandir
Birla Mandir
Drawing inside Birla Mandir
Drawing inside Birla Mandir
New Delhi
photo by: peeyushmalhotra