I was raised knowing that New Delhi is city full of people, living in extreme poverty and of course, electricity cables intertwined between one another in a single pole. That was how the tv showed it. But as I got better with age, I came to acknowledge the iceberg effect of New Delhi. What I learnt long time ago is the apparent part of the iceberg. What lies underneath is even greater and certainly more important. The part below the surface of water covers THE essentials which are the culture, history and rich heritage. It was an honor to finally witness the beauty of New Delhi. Now let’s see what New Delhi looked like.
Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi. If I could give you one piece of advice, it would be ‘don’t take KLIA for granted’.
Raj Ghat. It is a memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. School trips could be seen here.
At the center of New Delhi stands India Gate. One of the things on my bucket list is to see this monument in front of my eyes. It commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army during the World War I and all names are immortalized on the gate. There were a lot of people offering to take your photo and it was stressful to avoid them. You can enjoy this view without any entrance fee.
India Gate and what other interesting subjects you could see in the surrounding
We also visited Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum. This was the house of Indira Gandhi, former India Prime Minister and now it has been converted into a museum
AROUND THE TOWN
A great way to discover the bustling Delhi is by rickshaw or simply called auto is India. I was used to calling this little car tuk tuk because that is they call it in Thailand. Like taxi, it is best to hop in into a metered auto than the ones that don’t have meter because they would charge you a lot to get to destination. You can bargain with them but I can assure you it will involve your temper while doing so. You can basically find autos everywhere around the city. Auto ride may be uncomfortable and it depends on the condition of the vehicle. If you never rode in any of these before, why don’t you try riding on one now:)
The Lotus Temple. One of the very few modern attractions you can visit in Delhi. It is called lotus after its lotus flower shape.
Located in the middle of mayhem of Old Delhi, Jama Masjid is the largest mosque in India. We didn’t make it inside of the prayer area because there was entry free and we were really broke at that time, we were astounded by how large the mosque was only from one gate point of view. There were lots of people just hanging around at the staircase and we could not help to join them. In this area, it felt like you were in Muslim country. People wearing robes and turban. You could see a lot of halal restaurants nearby as it is densely populated by Muslim.
Right in the heart of Old Delhi, I noticed that this is the place that I watched on tv. This is the exact same spot where people showed what India is all about. All the electric cables unorganized wherever corner you see.
Old Delhi very own heritage. Those electric cables
Some honorable mentions