A day in Delhi

A day in Delhi- Delhi, I love you

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A day in Delhi- Delhi, I love you
Lotus Temple  a Baha’i architectural marvel
Lotus Temple- a Baha’i architectural marvel
Rashtrapati Bhavan  the residence of the President of India
Rashtrapati Bhavan- the residence of the President of India
The magnificent India Gate  in memory of the martyrs
The magnificent India Gate- in memory of the martyrs
Jantar Mantar  the old school astronomical centre
Jantar Mantar- the old school astronomical centre
The enigmatic Agrasen Ki Baoli
The enigmatic Agrasen Ki Baoli
The holy Gurudwara of Sheesh Ganj
The holy Gurudwara of Sheesh Ganj
One of the largest mosques in India  Jama Masjid
One of the largest mosques in India- Jama Masjid

Often referred as the mini-India, Delhi has got something to offer to everyone irrespective of nationality, gender and the age group. Accommodating huge cultural and religious differences, it has a long history and an evident relationship with any ruler who had ruled northern India in past. Having a glorious past, the city transformed massively from the Mughals to the Britishers and from the Medieval to the Modern India, things have changed for good on so many levels.

The Indian capital offers numerous destinations to leave the traveler in you craving badly! It is some kind of addiction that will fascinate you to be here soon! Trapped by this captivating energy of this place and struck by the wanderlust, I spent a day in Delhi visiting a few monuments and learning about them as I clicked the beautiful pictures on the go! Here I am sharing my experience along with a few worth tips for the fellow travelers who are looking to follow the same trend!

Out of my experience, something I can proudly claim is that my liking for this city has increased post this trip and Delhi, I love you!

A fine Wednesday that started on a happy note simply because my only exam on the day was cancelled and thus, I managed to do full justice to my time! One thing that I will like you to note about this trip is, it is something anyone can manage at the shoestring budget. Thanks to a cheap mode of transportation like the Delhi Metro. Also that it was a little planned yet random visit. A rough idea of the places to be visited was marked and I was on the road in no time!

Started my day with Delhi Metro and boarded from one of the violet line station. First stop being the temples, I deboarded at the Kalkaji Mandir metro station. A perfect junction to witness the best of two religious ideologies, I stepped into the "Kalakaji Mandir" first of all! After offering my prayers at the ancient Hindu temple, I started walking towards the Bahai Lotus Temple. A worship place for the people of the Bahai community, this is a beautiful lotus shaped temple in a lush green campus area. Considered to be one of the best architectural designs in the world, the temple has a huge sitting capacity. That apart, the information centre and the eminent work of the gardeners adds to the beauty of this place. A heaven for the photography enthusiasts and a centre of Bahai community in and around the capital, there is no entry fee to visit this place. Cool, no?

Moving on, this was the time to board the metro again only to deboard at the Central secretariat and walk around the streets which offer the fragrance of political powers and have been deciding the fate of India and Indians for ages. You guessed it right, Raisina Hills! Reaching Raisina only to have the eminent view from the Vijay Chowk with India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan, North and South Block, Parliament all in 360degree is a delightful affair for any human being! The Raisina is also a destination to look for the marvellous architecture of the South and North Block standing facing each other with Rashtrapati Bhawan being the jewel of its kind in the centre. Take an 180-degree turn and you can locate the standing tall monument's view reaching your eyes travelling all the way from the well maintained Rajpath. What do you do? Take out your camera and add a few of the best clicks to your gallery.

Now, what? India Gate is calling you to let you register an exponential rise in your chauvinism for the country. Waste no time and march towards the same to list that feel of patriotism in your soul standing in front of the Amar Jawan Jyoti. The ambience of the India Gate and the cleanliness around that circle is more than a reason enough to visit it.

Once you delete this out of the list, turn right and start walking towards the Janpath. Call google maps navigation to the rescue and march into another ASI protected the historical place of 'Ugrasen Ki Baoli' where you are not charged even a penny as the tourist fee. (Note: If you are a little reluctant, kindly turn to metro or hire an auto-rickshaw. The grass is not always greener on the other side, you know!) The historic site can be seen as the reservoir in past which was used to store water. Next in the proximity is the "time dictator" Jantar Mantar. Exercise your legs a little more and you are there! Do not forget to grab a "paan" on Janpath on the way as you walk to Jantar Mantar.

Allowing your entry at a minimal cost of just 5 INR, Jantar Mantar is another fine piece of the architecture in the heart of the Indian capital city. Protected by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), it is one of the 5 observatories which were built by Maharaja Jai Singh-II of Jaipur. The Jantar Mantar means "an instrument used to measure the time" and this is what it exactly does!

Immediately after this, I had lunch at one of the restaurants in the Connaught Place and boarded the metro to measure the length and breadth of the old roads of Delhi-6.

A perfect blend of the history, architecture and religion, old Delhi teaches you the ways to live a life! Starting from the spiritual lessons at the Gurudwara Shish Ganj Sahib and having the royal feels at the courts of Red fort, my end destination was the Jama Masjid. Completed in 1656 AD after 12 years of hard work by 5000 workers, Jama Masjid can lend you the best of the views of Delhi in your life. A fine collaboration of the Islamic architecture and the religion and culture, Jama Masjid reflects the harmony of India. Count on me, these places are a must visit if you are in Delhi.

Quick tips: To save on travelling, walk around and rely on the metro. Browse and find the comparatively cheaper food junctions. Also, try reserving a weekday to avoid the crowd.

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