Ghaziabad is a well planned, commercial and industrial city that is part of the National Capital Region of Delhi. It is located in Uttar Pradesh (UP) and since it shares its border with New Delhi, it is the main entry point into UP. Though not much of a tourist destination, Ghaziabad has its share of malls and shopping centres – the most notable being the Pacific, Shipra and Kaushambi malls. It provides options ranging from clothing to cosmetics to everything indeed! There is also the popular Iskcon Temple for the religiously inclined. Dedicated to Lord Krishna, this temple is frequented by devotees from across the globe. Picnickers and families can enjoy some time together at Masuri, which is a popular picnic spot here. With the Ganges River flowing nearby, Masuri is an ideal spot to relax. Ghaziabad can be reached by driving from New Delhi or Meerut. Buses and cabs are also available from New Delhi.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Anand Vihar ISBT
It begins now, the Plan B, the substitute to what would have been a journey through the heavenly valleys of Kashmir. Plans aborted and flights canceled bring us here to the dark petrol pump opposite Anand Vihar ISBT.Nothing is intricately planned, we only have one sure shot destination in mind. How to reach our destination is not elaborated on the internet or anywhere. For now, we know we have to reach Uttarkashi, and from there on we have to let our sixth sense take us forward.
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.
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.
Did interact with the Owner out of curiosity & it was worth an interaction. Versatile personality, an engineering professional, a painter & restaurant owner. Having professionally worked on various engineering assignments in Italy, Japan, London & USA ( In case I am able to recall correctly), he has brought flavour of all these exotic destination to his park restaurant.
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*
Another specialized market just beside the Shishganj Gurudwara in the Chandni Chowk area, this is the oldest bullion wholesale market in the city. there are some of the most famous shops who have been in the market for several decades now and the new ones are coming up with expanded product varieties. The main things you can look for here are gold and silver jewelry, gold and silver utensils, cups, photo frames, idols and even tables. The new generation shops are now coming up with costume and semi precious jewelry along with diamonds and birthstones.
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!
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.
Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir
This is also known as the lal Mandir and is the oldest Jain temple to have been built in Delhi. It is just opposite the Red Fort and was built in the 16th century during the reign of Emperor Shah Jahan. It is known that he once invited a number of Jain seths and requested them to settle down in the area. He also granted them some land and allowed them to build a temporary place to be known as their temple. After this they acquired three marble idols and placed them in the temple. The presiding deity is that of Tirthankar Parshvanatha.
Ram Raja Mandir
The Ram Raja Temple is a sanctuary in Orchha, Madhya Pradesh, India. It is a holy Hindu pilgrimage journey and gets enthusiasts in vast numbers consistently and is also generally known as Orchha Temple. Every year household traveler number is around 650,000 and the remote visitor number is around 25,000. Every day number of guests to the sanctuary range from 1500 to 3000 and on certain essential Hindu celebrations like the Ram Navami, Vasant Panchami, Kartik Purnima , Makar Sankranti, Shivratri, and Vivaha Panchami the quantity of enthusiasts who throng to Orchha range in thousands. Ram Navami celebration is observed Shukla Paksha on the Navami, the ninth day of the month of Chaitra in the Hindu timetable. Amid this time Lord Ram's golden calf is moved from inside the sanctuary to a throne in the verenda. The sanctuary routine timings depend on the Hindu Calendar Months. This place is like a heaven for those who love worshiping.
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.
National Art gallery
The national art gallery in the palce road is functioning in the Manikyavelu mansion. It is surroundesurrounded by trees and along with that artistic pieces made in stone that are kept for the exhibition. The art gallery houses not only the well the known paintings but artistic sculpture made of wood and different metals. The paintings include Ravindranath Tagore, Abarindranath Tagore, Raja Ravi Varma and many more gifted artists of India as well some British artistes at the colonial period of the country. The paintings include contemporary as well as modern art. When you get tired of watching the mind blowing skills of the a great artists you can straight away head to the canteen offered by the art gallery and have refreshing coffee. The entrance fee for students is just 1 rupee and 10 rupees for adults. If you are an artist by nature you are bound to enjoy the visit otherwise it can be a little bit boring.
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.
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.