Holding the Guiness World Record to be the World's largest comprehensive Hindu temple, the Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple was built-in just 5 years. The nearest metro station is the Akshardham Metro Station. Mobiles and other electronic gadgets are not allowed. These are to be deposited in the cloakrooms. It's an example of the grandeur and beauty of all the ancient and traditional architectural and religious styles which have ever been present in India. Usually the one who took such a noble initiative was Swami Maharaj of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha along side more than a thousand talented artisans. The temple is mainly specialized in Swaminarayan and also includes a separate shrine for Lord Shiva. There are a number of halls amongst which the initial one is where you will find films and robotic shows going to spread the message of honesty, peace and unity. In the second hall you is likely to be presented with the story of a classic yogi named Nilkanth in an exceedingly attractive manner. Last however, not the smallest amount of the next hall is where you are able to find out about the discoveries and works of the saints- scientists and the art of Ajanta- Ellora. The musical fountain is an amusement after sunset, the Lotus temple is another bit of beauty and the Garden of India is just a memorial for all the famous men and women of our country.
Red Fort (Lal Quila)
One of the most important monuments in the cultural as well as political scenario of India, the Red Fort is the pride of the capital city of Delhi. It was once the capital of Shahjanabad named after Emperor Shah Jahan. It was during his reign that this awesome monument took its form between 1638 and 1648. The whole structure was named Red Fort or Lal Qila due to the basic material of architecture which is sandstone. It served as the residence of the Mughal Kings for almost 200 years. Later when India became independent, the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru hoisted the National Flag here and the ritual is still carried on. Every year the Independence Day celebrations are organized here.
The largest mosque and one of the most beautiful examples of Islamic architecture present in India, the Jama Masjid is located just opposite the Red Fort in Delhi. The mosque which means commanding view of the world was built during the reign of Emperor Shah Jahan between 1644 and 1658. It has a very spacious compound that can accommodate thousands of devotees at once. The main architectural attractions are the minarets and towers. The main tower has a 5- storey structure with projecting balconies on each level. The work of calligraphy is worth mentioning too. The main materials used were sandstone and marble.
This is yet another of the Mughal gems and a clear picture of the standard and grandeur of the Mughal designs and styles. It was started by Emperor Humayun but later taken over by Sher Shah Suri. Later Humayun again captured it from Sher Shahs son. The Purana Qila is said to have been built at the banks of the River Yamuna when it had not changed its course and guarded the estate of Indraprastha, mentioned in the Mahabharata. This is also the only monument that has not been named after the one who built it as all the structures inside this was named and renamed with the transfer of ownership every time. The main motive behind the initiation of this monument was that Humayun wanted to build a city on his own. There are three main gateways inside the fort namely Humayun Darwaza, Bara Darwaza and the Talaqui Darwaza. Among these the last one was always closed. The other famous structures inside the Purana Qila are the Qila-e-Kunha Masjid, Sher Mandal observatory and a small museum.
Chawri in Marathi means the meeting place. This market was set up in the year 1840 as a hardware market that has now become famous for the restaurants, brassware, copper, hardware and paper products sold out here. during the 19th century this same place was popular due to the courtesans or dancing girls. After the advent of the British, the Tawaif culture faded and business culture became popular and the result was the formation of the Chawri Bazaar which is now one of the most important street markets of Old Delhi. This market is located to the west of the Jama Masjid.
Daryaganj Old Book Market
Also known as the Sunday Market, this is a weekly market that only opens on Sundays on the footpaths which are almost covered with books. It seems like it is the busiest day for the book sellers while everyone else have retired after a weeks work. It is an attractive experience even if you are not a book lover. Novels are a specialty of this market. Books are mostly sold in a kilogram rate which is very uncommon if you take a look at other markets. The other good part is that the place is at a close proximity to attractions such as the Jama masid.
This is one of the most important memorials on the banlks of the Yamuna River flowing in the capital city. not only is it a symbol of the capital city but a national heritage and a place of importance in the political history of India. The main attraction here is the black marble stone block which is placed just over the place where the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi was cremated following his assassination in the year 1948. This block is surrounded by a park which is lined with a number of memorable trees with labels such as the ones planted by Queen Elizabeth, ho Chi Minh of china and other such eminent personalities from the whole world. There are two museums dedicated to Gandhiji just nearby.
Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir
This temple is one of the oldest temples in India and was built by Maharaja Jai Singh in 1724. The specialty of this temple is that the symbol on the top of it is not of a conventional swastika or OM instead it is of a crescent moon which is actually an Islamic symbol and is said to have saved the temple from being demolished during Mughal attacks. The main deity of this temple is a south facing statue of Lord Hanumana with a gada in one hand and the other on his chest highlighting the image of Rama, Lakshmana and Sita. The ceiling of the temple is decorated with frescoes depicting parts of the Ramayana. The main festival celebrated here is the Hanumana Jayanti. Saturdays and Tuesdays experience a footfall of thousands of devotees.
Kake Di Hatti Punjabi Khana
This is a typical street food outlet in the Chandni Chowk area though they sell more than just street food. You should not go by the look of this place as they have decent sitting places on both the floors which looks claustrophobic from outside. The food is just more than awesome in terms of both quantity and quality and the prices are so pocket friendly. You can come here whenever you want and get the same taste and standard. They therefore serve Punjabi Dhaba food at its best.
Anand Vihar ISBT
March 25, the day I decided let Rishikesh be in Rishikesh. Its funny because I have been asked many time - Have you been to Rishikesh? (PS: People call me Rishikesh by name). I asked my friends and they politely accepted to join me.Transportation :Trains, Flight (Dehradun Airport, approximately 35 kilometres away) and Buses, all mode of transport is available to reach here. We chose Bus because we couldn't get confirm booking in train. An AC sleeper bus cost each INR 500. You can save money by checking offers or doing pre booking. Bus normally takes 8 to 9 hours, so taking a night bus journey was a better option. We boarded our bus from Anand Vihar ISBT with the hope to see the gateway to heaven next morning.
Simply known as the Delhi Zoo, This is the main and only zoo in the city. The zoo is filled with gardens and wild animals of all kinds such as mammals, reptiles, birds and plants. The plants present here include many with medicinal importance and a regular conservation program for flora and fauna is executed from this zoo. Mainly because of the initiative and good work of the zoo authority and officials, the Delhi Zoo has been rated one of the best common zoos all around the country. However there are many rules and regulations to be followed for all visitors who enter the zoo. It is also our duty to contribute towards the welfare of our countrys natural heritage of which birds, animals and plants are a major part. for this, following the rules and regulations is extremely needed.
Known to have begun around 1964, the weekly book market at Old Delhi’s Daryaganj is said to be one of the oldest regular book markets in Delhi. The book market stretches westward from this point along Jawaharlal Nehru Marg (the southern border of Old Delhi) and northward on Bahadur Shah Jafar Road (which bisects Old Delhi from Darya Ganj). Darya Ganj is actually a wholesale market in Delhi for books, old and new. This market is also known as the Book market. The markets in Delhi are set on the narrow footpaths and cramped streets of Daryaganj only on Sundays. This market is practically a treasure for book lovers because of availability of second hand books in good shape and at reasonable prices, sometimes the prices dupe down so low that you can by a John Grisham at as low as 10-20 INR. Not only popular fiction but competitive entrance exam guides, text books and all kinds of magazines are also available here. Sometimes books are not properly arranged and you have to literally scrounge to strike the gold out of the pile but it’s worth all the effort and time since you get your little surprise at fairly cheap rates. While walking along the footpath I noticed my school text books lying around the corner and felt as if I have found some old friends of mine amidst the huge book stocks of this wholesale market in Delhi. If you plan to visit this book market then it is advisable not to carry an ‘already prepared book list’ in your hand because if you are hell bent to buy only those books that are on your list then you wouldn’t be able to enjoy the surprises of this book markets in Delhi. The vendors have no clue about the authors or books. So it will be difficult for you to find exactly what you want. But on the other hand, it opens for you some uncertain doors to enter and dwell into. Carrying a rough list of Hemingway, Richard Bach and William Dalrymple in my pocket, I ended up with Edward Albert’s History of English Literature, Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin’s Three Cups of Tea, E.R.C. Davidar’s Whispers From The Wild, Syeda Hameed’s Beautiful Country in my satchel. Also among the books I ended up buying, was a small thin book of 60s classic Haikus by Basho, something that I read about in my creative writing classes, and was extremely joyous about buying that book in just 10 INR.It’s not the books that you end up buying in this Sunday book markets in Delhi but a bunch of stories you wreath around this footpath while buying some stories and giving some to this place.Timings: 11am-6pm (open only on Sunday)
Supreme Court of India
The Supreme Court of India. The dream of every law student. Again this place requires prior permission from the authority, and no phones, cameras are allowed here. Being a law student, I could witnessed an ongoing case inside the Court of Justice, inside the supreme court. *feeling lucky again*
Why should the folks of Noida be left out of the New Year's Eve fun? Filmy Flavours is holding a fantastic party to captivate the hearts of all diehard cinema aficionados. A night at this Bollywood-themed restaurant is bound to be mega fun!Entry: Rs. 799 all-inclusive, for oneWhere: 1st Floor, Plot 36, Block H-1 A, Commercial Market, Sector 63, NoidaPhone: 011 33107676Book here.
River Rafting in Rishikesh
Post the Jump, we went for India’s most popular White water river rafting activity, in the River Ganga. The water was very chilled, it was ice cold. We inched ourselves in it, step-by-step. Somehow we managed to go through the water and enter our raft. After the safety briefing, we were taken directly into Class-5 rapid. It was definitely amazing but risky.Hits & bumps from here and there, water coming continuously in the raft and the joy of eating hot Maggi near the banks of the river when we were completely drenched was amazing.We also jumped into the river and swam along with it. Technically our sins are washed off too.
Shankar's International Dolls Museum
Ever wish you could be kid again? Do you miss those simple and whimsical times? Nowadays it’s go go go rush rush rush—traffic brawls, pick up the kids, cook dinner, do laundry, pay bills blah blah blah and it never ends. Stress takes a toll.Once in a while, you must embrace and love your inner child to maintain your sanity. Isn't it? To soak yourself in long forgotten childhood days; visit this museum in Delhi, housing dolls from countries around the world.It was a beautiful (holidays are beautiful because I'm simply so appreciative of the time I get to spend with family!) Sunday morning and while sipping a morning cuppa tea, we (me, hubby and our 8 year old girl) were planning to visit World Book Fair at Pragati Maidan. We wanted to reach as soon as it opens (11 a.m) to dodge the expected huge rush. Being book enthusiasts (me and mini-me); we wanted to immerse completely in the joy of book hoarding without any hassle or chaos. We left home early (okay, too early) taking into account predicted traffic conditions and Capital chaos and reached much before time (9:45) as usual ( we are always on time; mostly before time no matter what's on our plate and don't know if it's good or bad ).Now what? The question was how to invest time rather than killing it? We googled nearby places and discovered this gem of a place just 5 minutes away from Pragati Maidan. I mean, simply a thought of exploring an entire museum just devoted to dolls was exhilarating especially for my daughter. My daughter chuckled while she quoted Dr. Suess, “You're off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So... get on your way!” And we were off to a great place!
Shahdara literally means the door of kings in Urdu and is a locality that was set up in the 16th century. It is a very old locality of Old Delhi and mainly known for its old houses and narrow lanes. The place is mostly inhabited by Muslim households and you also get a few authentic Muslim eateries around this place. They are very small but serve very delicious food.
Rajghat Power Station
Rajghat Thermal Power Station has an installed capacity of 135 MW. The First unit was commissioned during 1989-90.News was to shut it down, so i got an interest to see it.The decision was taken to improve the air quality of Delhi. Also my interest in machinery, inclined me to stop and see the plant.
Near Gate No 1
National Science Centre is amazing place not only for children but for the person of any age. It is designed so beautifully and every segment is captured in this from the time of dinosaur to the early age of human civilization and modern time. It has particular areas for every thing water conservation system, renewable sources of energy nuclear energy. There is a documentary about nuclear power plant. And a 10 minute 3D show about the evolution and decline of dinosaurs. There is an area of fun science which uses simple concepts of physics to attract children. Machines are installed which will tell you about your body like water, oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, etc concentration in body.
Band Baaja Baraat showed us how Raw Delhi is. Be it the Janakpuri or Sainik Farms, the Delhi couldn't have been better directed. Janakpuri holds the road to foodies, Jail Road is stacked with food points for every taste, from Pizzas to Gol Gappe is one stop destination to enjoy. Near to it resides Dilli Haat, you can go out with friends/family during the festive season to make your day a joyful one.
Digambar Jain Temple
13kms north-east of Varanasi is where the deer park is located, in the city of Sarnath, this is tha place where Gautam Budh first taught the Dharma, this is also the place where Shreyansanath, the Eleventh Tirthankara of Jainism was born and a Jain temple is dedicated to him here.