Sightseeing in Delhi - Day 2

Trip Start Jun 22, 2006
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Trip End Jul 21, 2006


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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

OK, so I am back-tracking a little here, as I didn't put any of the sightseeing stuff in my first entry....

On the weekend, while trying to force myself through the jet lag, I took in some of the major sites of the city. Everyone knows I'm not exactly a history buff, but my understanding is that Delhi has been built over hundreds of years by each invading ruler creating a new "city" for his empire. Thus Delhi is the combination of the ruins of seven ancient cities. Each of these ancient "cities" is really a huge tomb with surrounding buildings and walls. There seems to be varying accounts of what order the cities come in, haven't figured that out yet, but they are all very old. So that is what I have been exploring... I have seen Qutub Minar (1199), Siri (1303), Humayun's Tomb (1566) & Safdarjang's Tomb (1754). The last two are similar to the Taj Mahal and it is said that it was based on their design.

The coolest thing about these places is that they are totally symetrical! I love symetry. The buildings, the gardens, everything is perfectly symetrical. Very good designers, the ancient Indians!

I also went to see Indian Gate and the Parliament buildings. India Gate is a huge WW1 memorial monument with all the soldiers names written on it. There were tons of people there enjoying the day and hanging out in the surrounding park. This was one of the places where the locals were most eager to take my picture. The parliament buildings are huge. The pic I posted is only one of them and there are at least 10 more.

Check out the pics!
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