New vs. Old Delhi?

Trip Start Jan 12, 2008
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Trip End Oct 01, 2008


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Monday, February 18, 2008

Today we had a full day of sightseeing in Delhi including:

Humayan's Tomb - 2nd Mughal emperor Humayan is buried in a complex of 10 mausoleums, displaying perfect symmetry and quite beautiful surroundings.  It served as an early template for the Taj Mahal, built in 1565.

Vijay Chowk - this area was just like the mall in D.C..  It houses Sansad Bhavan (parliament house), army navy headquarters, Rashtrapati Bhavan (president's house),  the office of the Prime Minister, and it is all at the end of a promenade down the road from India Gate just like the Champ's Elysee in Paris.

Lakshmi Narayan Mandir - Hindu Temple of Vishnu (Preserver and source of all life) and Lakshmi (Goddess of wealth) that was the first in the country without caste restrictions. 

Lodi Gardens - in the heart of the residential New Delhi, built at the request of Lady Willingdon (the Vicereine - figure head ruler appointed by the controlling british empire) in 1936, around the tombs of Sikandar Lodi (died 1517) and other nobles who's names have long been forgotten, maybe just by our tour guide?

Qutb Minar - built in 1193 to announce the beginning of the Muslim Sultans, is a great victory tower that has stood the test of time. 


We also found out that they call chipmunks "squirrels" here... Jorge obviously had a chat with them to straighten out the fact that they were actually chipmunks with bushy tails.

We finished the day off shopping in a great antiques store, Cottage Industries Emporium, where the sales men were slicker than Prudoe Bay after the Exxon Valdez.  I caught a sales man in a clear lie and tried to point it out to him, but he wouldn't admit to it.  As such, I wound up buying brass statues of Hanuman (the monkey god who is invoked by those in need of courage and fortitude, a.k.a. young men praying for strength to be abstinent) and Krishna (the god of love) for less than his "cost". 


Then came dinner... First of all, I was skeptical of a restaurant in India called Chicken Inn!  Having said that, the food was amazing except for the fact that I definitely shed a real tear during dinner but somehow made it out alive!

Thoughts:
- There are a lot of people
- A lot of those people wanted money from us
- There is a lot of trash
- A lot of that trash was being rummaged through by stray animals
- Despite the relative dissarray that everything is in, the historical sites have been kept amazingly in tact and in good shape!
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starlagurl
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Busy day!
Sounds like you had a really busy day, will there be photos eventually? I'd like to see them!

Louise Brown
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