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Old and New

Today we hired a car and driver who took us on a 'city tour' most of this was in 'New' Delhi but everything we saw was ancient - tombs, houses of worship etc. It was interesting to see the new part of the city. There is quite a difference. More cars, less bicycles, carts etc. People are clearly dressed for 'western' business. We visited some very interesting sites. Hamayan's tomb is called the red Taj Mahal and it is quite spectacular. The entire complex was built by Hamayan to house his family and very close friends - there are a total of 160 tombs in the complex. The gardens are being restored to his planned splendor and they must have been spectacular because they look pretty good now. Lots of water features,orchids, pomgranate plants etc. Lots of birds. It makes it feel very peaceful and idyllic. We also visited the Lotus Temple which architecturally looks somewhat like the Sydney Opera House. It is a modern structure built by the Bahia religion. I don't know much about this religion but they profess to be peaceful and loving of all religions and encourage anyone to come and pray in this amazing temple. Next stop was the Tomb of Iman Zamin and another major feat of architecture. The main feature is a huge tower, which apparently, from the top you can see The Taj Mahal. It was closed but seems unlikely you could see very far given the smog. Last stop was the India Gate. This is a war memorial for all Indians who died fighting in any number of wars. There was a ceremony going on so we got to see lots of soldiers dressed up in wonderful parade uniforms. We had lunch at the Red Onion. Very chid-chic- Indian - very good food. Then it was time to head to the train station and out overnight trip to Jailsalmer.

Humayan's Tomb - main building

Humayan's Tomb - main building


Humayan's Tomb

Humayan's Tomb


Posing

Posing


The Lotus Temple

The Lotus Temple


Ceiling of the Lotus Temple

Ceiling of the Lotus Temple


Will have to add name of this later

Will have to add name of this later


Parakeets (I think)

Parakeets (I think)


Incredible carved columns

Incredible carved columns


Lunch at The Red Onion - New Delhi

Lunch at The Red Onion - New Delhi


Yummy food

Yummy food


School boys wanting to have photo taken with me

School boys wanting to have photo taken with me


Special goings on at The India Gate

Special goings on at The India Gate


The Security Guards were very tall

The Security Guards were very tall


Our train car to Jaisalmer

Our train car to Jaisalmer

Posted by CWalts 17:00 Archived in India

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