Trip Start Jun 21, 2009
12Trip End Jun 25, 2009
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At the time of our arrival at Delhi, it was about 9 in the evening, which was a little bit earlier than estimated. It was quite easy to finish all the procedures to get out of the airport and not time-consuming in the least, although I had heard the airpot would be a "nightmare"
On the day of the arrival, we headed for City Park Hotel in New Delhi immediately after we left the airport. I was amazed by so many auto-rickshaws or threewheelers around the city. People were walking even at around 10 in the evening. Unfortunately, I couldn't see strolling bulls in the evening, which was the feature I expected from an Indian city.
On the next day, I got up at 6 in the morning, earlier than usual, and went for a walk around the hotel. There was nothing special to see but broken sidewalks and street venders, but City Park had some animals such as stray dogs and chipmunks and some young guys were playing criket in the field even in the early morning of Monday. I tried to buy some candies to break a large bill for tips for hotel service, but one candy cost only one rupee, which discouraged me from breaking the note. However, it was O.K. for the first morning in India. After I came back, we had a good breakfast in the buffet restaurant. The Occidental foods of the reastaurant were much better than Indian cuisines we had expected.
After breakfast, we headed for Lakshmi Narayan Mandir. I didn't know so much about the mandir, because all the tours from Japan don't include it, although it is popular among Delhiite. Beside I had never seen the pictures of the inside, because photographing is prohibited and I had to leave my camera, wallet, and shoes at the gate
The next destination was the India Gate. On our way to the gate, we passed by the President Office
After visiting India Gate, we paid a visit to Qutub Minar. Honestly, this was the best of all the destinations to me, because I hadn't expected that the tower ruin was so high and beautiful. Taj Mahal was as great as I had expected, but Qutub Minar was beyond my expectation. It was a small site, but enough to touch me. It was a pity we couldn't go up the tower, but even the view from the bottom of the tower was impressive. The tower was a 72.5m high minaret, which was completely different from modern towers like Eiffel tower or Shanghai tower, so the point was its grandiosity, not the view from the top. In addition, the carvings on the tower were beautiful
Then we paid a visit to Fumayun's Tomb. The tomb must have been the best tomb of India, without Taj Mahal. The tomb was the second Mughal emperor's one and a model of Taj Mahal. It was interesting as I thought of it as a tomb, but it looked like a Islamic mosque I had visited in another country. We saw a few coffins in the tomb, but emperor's body was not in any of them and it was under the ground below a coffin. A lot of bats were also sleeping in the tomb. Even after visiting this tomb and Taj Mahal, we saw some huge tombs in India, but I didn't want to spend time in similar tombs. In the beautiful garden of Fumayun's tomb, there was a large lime tree and I remembered Buddha had got enlightened under a lime tree. Some people were taking a nap under the lime tree. Anyway, Humayun's tomb was our last destination of Delhi and we headed for Agra, the most attractive city during our travel with Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.