January 9, 2012 Leave a comment
The driver had told us he would be coming late as there were less places to cover the second day. A relaxed start saw us head to humayun’s tomb first. Though this was not in the iternary , I had asked the driver to take us to the place. A couple of schools had taken the kids for a sightseeing tour, and as usual there was a huge rush.
Humayun’s tomb is one of the important tourist attraction for people visiting delhi. The monument was built in the memory of humayun. This is one of the first garden tomb made in India. This is one of the finest mughal architectures in the country.
The entry to the Humayun’s Tomb is through a long axial processional track. On the way, there are gateways, which offer a glimpse of the tomb. The tomb is octagonal in shape and placed over a platform with colonnades, under which there are numerous graves of lesser known people and can be ascribed to various nobles and workers of Humayun’s period. A great central chamber has four offsets, double storeyed in height and with arcade on their facades. Their openings closed with perforated screens. Three emphatic arches dominate each side, the central one being the highest. The central room contains the cenotaph of the emperor Humayun. and his queen Bega begum. The tomb is crowned by 42.5 m high colossal double dome.
Way to Humayun’s Tomb
Entrance to the tomb
One can see a clear view of Jama Masjid and Qutab Minar. A bird’s eye view from the roof would show you many ruined tombs and ancient structures belonging to various nobles.With the sun beating down, we spent some time at the top taking photos before goin down
Humayun’s Tomb another view
Humayun’s Tomb in Monochrome
Back Portion of the tomb
The next destination we headed to was the Red Fort which is another world heritage site. Though I had visited it during our stopover in june. The heat and our heavy rucksacks meant we couldnt get to see the inside of the fort.
Tickets cost Rs 25 which includes a visiting the museum as well which is present inside the fort. Passing through the mandatory security checks we headed inside the fort. I was suprised to see a busy market place inside the fort. One can purchase various items for reasonable prices.
Market inside the fort
Map of Red Fort Complex
With a large no of tourists present we couldnt spend much time at the complex. Snapping a few pics of the monuments we made our way to the museum which has some the weapons and armored clothing used by the mughals and photos of the World Wars.
Monuments within Red Fort
The museum houses an impressive collection of weapons, clothing and other items from the mughal era. It also has a photo of various medals and a miniature naval fleet used in world war. One can see how the weapons used by the mughals to fight.
It was time to head back after completing the red fort tour. The driver then took us to akshardham. After the terror strike, security has been beefed up at the place and as usual no camera and mobile phones are allowed. Lot of security personnel are present around the place. Passing through the mandatory checks we went inside the temple. The entire temple and the surroundings can take a couple of hours to visit.
The garden has statues of Rama, Sita , warriors like Maharana Pratap, visionaries such as Aryabhatta amongst others. The huge temple has idols of Rama and Sita, Hanuman are present. The interior of the temple is made out of pure marble. The other attractions of the complex are three exhibition halls spaced around two huge ponds, where one is a venue for light-and-sound show. The three halls are “Sahajanand Darshan”, “Neelkanth Darsdhan” and “Sanskruti Vihar”. “Sahajanand Darshan” is where life of Swaminarayan is displayed through robotic shows, while “Neelkanth Darsdhan” has a huge I-Max theatre screening movie based on the life of the Lord. Another amazing presentation is “Sanskruti Vihar” with 12-minute boat ride experience of India’s glorious heritage.
Couple of hours were spent exploring the temple after which we broke for lunch at the food court present within the temple premises before exiting.
No visit to delhi is complete without paying a visit to Rajghat. This would be the last place to visit as we would be driving to agra the next day. Paying our respects to gandhi we went back to the hotel concluding a wonderful time in delhi