Namaste! On arrival, I was warmly greeted by the local guide and this kicked off my 48 hours of fun in Delhi, the capital of India.
First stop is the India Gate, the national monument of India. This is a prominent landmark in Delhi to commemorate the soldiers who lost their lives in World War I. Just behind the India Gate, is an empty canopy pavilion. As the site is in an open area, it can get pretty hot in the afternoon. Just a 10-minute drive away is the Presidential Palace (Rashtrapati Bhavan). Unfortunately, entry is not allowed so I can only admire the palace through the gates.
In the afternoon, I visited the Qutab complex. The complex is made up of buildings, monuments, and housed the tallest brick minaret (Qutab Minar) in the world. The Qutab Minar is 72-metres high and has five distinct storeys. It is an impressive structure and is visible from afar. Do note that even on a weekday, there are many local tourists and students on excursion so the place can get quite crowded.
The next day started with a visit to Humayun’s Tomb. This is the tomb of the second Mughal Emperor Humayun. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993, this complex had undergone several restoration work and work is still in progress. Looking at its façade, you can hardly tell that this tomb has been around for more than four hundred years. From a distance, the architecture shares an uncanny resemblance to the Taj Mahal.
A trip to Delhi would not be complete without a trip to Chandni Chowk or “Old Delhi”. At Chandni Chowk, the narrow streets are lined with shops and street hawkers. For the adventurous, do venture into the narrow streets and see if you can unearth any treasures within. Wide varieties of stuff can be found here, ranging from food, clothes, shoes, souvenirs to jewellery and car spare parts.
Jostling through the crowd, I made my way to the Red Fort. Crossing the busy roads and side skirting the street vendors was an adventure by itself. Alternatively, you can hop on a trishaw. You will get there twice as fast but will miss double the fun maneuvering through the streets on foot. The Red Fort is a very popular tourist destination so be prepared to see a huge crowd when you are there. To end the day, I stopped by Central Park at Connaught Place to laze around and enjoy the greenery.