Day 29 - Exploring Delhi

Trip Start Sep 27, 2012
Trip End Nov 06, 2012

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

We spent the day visiting some famous monuments in Delhi and went to the swaminarayan akshardham temple in the evening.

Monuments visited and some history courtesy of Wikipedia:

Raj Ghat is a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. Originally it was the name of a historic ghat of Old Delhi (Shahjahanabad) on the banks of Yamuna river. Close to it, and east of Daryaganj was “Raj Ghat Gate” of the walled city, opening at Raj Ghat on Yamuna River.Later the memorial area was also called Raj ghat. It is a black marble platform that marks the spot of Mahatma Gandhi's cremation, Antyesti (Antim Sanskar) on 31 January 1948, a day after his assassination. It is left open to the sky while an eternal flame burns perpetually at one end. It is located on the banks of the river Yamuna in Delhi in India on Ring Road officially known as Mahatma Gandhi Road. A stone footpath flanked by lawns leads to the walled enclosure that houses the memorial. All guests must remove their shoes before entering the Raj Ghat walls.

When we visited the memorial was adorned with flowers....our guide told us this was because the king of Spain came here yesterday. Coming here was slightly emotional and we felt the impact of the great Gandhi Bapu. The platform had the words that he spoke before he passed away 'hai ram'

Qutub minar
Qutub Minar/ Qutb Minar, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Delhi, India. The Qutub Minar is constructed with red sandstone and marble, and is the tallest minaret in India,with a height of 72.5 metres (237.8 ft). It contains 379 stairs[citation needed] and the base diameter is 14.3 metres and it narrows to 2.7 metres at the last storey. The Construction was begun by qutub-ud-din Aibak in 1192 and was completed by Iltutmish. It is surrounded by several other ancient and medieval structures and ruins, collectively known as Qutub complex.Tradition assigns the erection of the Pillar to Anang Pal, whose name it bears, with the date 1052 C.E

The buildings were an interesting ruin with evidence of beautiful Hindu and Muslim architecture. There was evidence of destroyed areas of the pillars which were originally Hindu carvings depicting prayer...they were apparently destroyed by the Mughals.

Presidential palace
The largest dining table in the world!! Can hold upto 1000 guests...we saw this from outside as we're not allowed entry to see the grounds or the palace.

India gate
The India Gate is the national monument of India. Situated in the heart of New Delhi, it was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.
The monument is inspired by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, which in turn is inspired by the Roman Arch of Titus. It was built in 1931. Originally known as the All India War Memorial, it is a prominent landmark in Delhi and commemorates the 90,000 soldiers of the British Indian Army who lost their lives in World War I and the Third Anglo-Afghan War. It is composed of red and pale sandstone and granite.

A stunning piece of architecture that took 7000 craftsmen 5 years to build. The Mandir was finished in 2005 and was extremely has a heavenly-like quality and I had to pinch myself so many times to convince myself that I was actually there. They played a musical water fountain with laser lights which was just amazing. We saw exhibitions of life size wax robots which depicted the life of shree swaminarayan and gave teachings on the importance of unity and truth. I would recommend anyone coming to India to make this a must to visit!

I bought some books on spiritualism to keep me company on the coming long coach journeys. I feel this trip is going to be a huge step in discovering spiritualism in my own life,
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Jils on

Enjoying reading about this part of your trip and can't wait to hear all about it too when u're back :-) x

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