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New Delhi

The flight from Japan to New Delhi with China Eastern was CAD$752 for a 12hour 10min ride with 1 stop for 2hours at Pudong Intl. The hotel I stayed at was the Taj Palace Hotel for a total of CAD$470 at CAD$156 per night. It included a coffee maker, mini bar, electronic safe, free WiFi and a free breakfast.
After breakfast I rented a 3-full day taxi for 2500rp so that I didn't have to constantly worry about transportation. I started off at Qutub Minar, which features some of the most sophisticated architectural masterpieces and historic structures in India. It is situated in a magnificent sandstone and marble mausoleum and is a wonderful tourist location. Next, I rode 22min to Humayun's Tomb which is the final resting place of the great Mughal Emperor, Humayun. It captures the essence of both Persian and Mughal architecture in a brilliant red sandstone structure. I then travelled 21min to the Select Citywalk which is a chic shopping center with plenty of restaurants and entertainment areas. After eating some lunch I rode 15min to the Bahai Lotus Temple, a symbol common to Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam carefully constructed from white marble. Finally, I rode 21min to the Hauz Khas Village which contains ancient ruins, a water tank, an Islamic seminary, a mosque, a tomb, and pavilions. It is also surrounded by one of the most famous marketplaces and restaurants in the city.
Qutub-Minar

Qutub-Minar


The next day I started off at Connaught Palace, which is a white-columned circular market. On the interior it is lined with numerous retail showrooms, small eateries and multiplexes. It is also a decent shopping spot for souvenirs to take back home. Next I took a 8min ride to India Gate, which was built in memory of the 90,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives during World War I. It is a beautiful combination of architecture and history and is therefore a must-see on my list. Next I rode 3min to Andhra Pradesh Bhavan Canteen for lunch before riding 7min to Lodi Gardens. It is a 90-acre garden in Lutyens' Delhi which contains monuments such as Mohammed Shah's Tomb, Sikander Lodi's Tomb, Sheesh Gumbad, and Bara Gumbad. Finally, I rode 9min to the last stop at Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official residence of the president of India, which was yet another beautiful building.
Lodi Gardens

Lodi Gardens


On the last day, after breakfast I travelled to Khan Market, a popular shopping street in central New Delhi. I traveled through a wide variety of shops, from book stores and art galleries to cafes, sportswear and pet shops. I then rode 17min to Red Fort, an architectural feat from the Mughal era. I visited at dusk, when they started to illuminate the fortress with special light effects and music, making for a sight to remember. I then made my way to Raj Ghat, which was only a 3min taxi-ride away. It is a black marble memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, situated in the place where he was cremated after his assassination in 1948. It provided historic insight and was a very special thing to be able to visit. Next, I drove 24min to Chandni Chowk which was built in the 17th century by Emperor Shah Jehan but is now known as the largest wholesale market in India. It was packed with tourists and locals, filled with vendors selling Indian food, clothing, spices and jewelry. Finally, I ended the day driving 28min to Swaminarayan Akshardham; a temple complex known as one of the most peaceful and beautiful man-made structures the city has to offer.
red fort

red fort

Posted by TravelBuddy2016 18:17 Archived in India

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