Day 29 - Exploring Delhi
Trip Start Sep 27, 2012
20Trip End Nov 06, 2012
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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
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/ 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 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
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.
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
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,