Important tip: Delhi traffic is extremely complicated and with very different rules from conventional. We discourage anyone from driving in India. we had a driver for the entire duration of the tour and to travel between the cities. To learn more about the company we bought the package read this post here: Planning a Trip to India
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On this post:
- What to do in Delhi, cost of attractions, rules, and history of the sites
- Old Delhi
- Jama Masjid
- Red Fort
- Old Spice Market
- Lotus Temple
Day 1 and 2:
We landed in Delhi late at night and to our misfortune our suitcase had been misplaced – the suitcase was lost for 4 days and we were completely unprepared for it. We were tired and worried if the travel agency we had booked online really exists (hahaha – nervous laughs) and luckily our driver was waiting for us in the hotel lobby. Phew!
Shortly after we left the airport we went to the Royal Plaza Hotel for two nights. The hotel is beautiful, the entrance is magnificent with paintings on the high ceiling. The outdoor area is also very beautiful. Breakfast is included in the accommodation, but we always look out for raw food – Raw food itself is not the problem, but the fact that water was used to wash these foods – Read more about the details you need to be aware of here: Planning a Trip to India. My husband got sick after the third day of travel, but I’ll talk about it later … Still about the hotel, the accommodation was great, but the internet was paid and still very bad and limited to some areas of the hotel.
Our room was on the fifth floor so the sound of the city, which is quite loud, did not disturb our sleep. We suggest you always stay in high rooms when possible.
One of the places I liked most about Delhi. 🙂
Located in the old town area the old market is an area full of narrow streets, bustling with cars, motorcycles, tuk-tuk, people and monkeys (rs). It is practically impossible to walk around without taking several honks and feeling like you are the chicken of the Atari Freeway game.
The variety of things that can be found in the market is immense, and the streets are endless interconnected mazes. Being with a guide is extremely important and made us feel safe throughout the tour.
Masjid-i Jahan-Numa, popularly known as Jama Masjid, is Delhi’s main mosque and was built by the Mongol emperor Shah Jahan, the same emperor who built the Taj Mahal in Agra – he built much of the country’s tourist buildings.
The construction of the Mosque was completed in 1656 and the complex has three gates leading into a large central courtyard and entrance to the mosque. Everything in India has its reason and why. Everything is full of mystical meanings and would be no different with the Mosque: The widest east gate was used as a royal entrance and is closed during the week. The west side gate faces the holy city of Mecca. In the inner courtyard is a water well where people wash, play, and apparently also drink water, which I believe to be something like a holy well.
The mosque was the target of two terrorist attacks in 2006 and 2010.
Important to know:
- You have to pay a fee of 200 rupees (12 reais – 2.55 euros) to take pictures inside the mosque.
- Women must wear a cover that is delivered free of charge at the entrance to the mosque.
Attraction value 500 rupees (28 reais – 6.50 euros)
The Red Fort is a set of fortifications in India’s capital, Delhi. It was built in the 17th century when the capital of India was moved from Agra to Delhi. The place was once the Emperor’s residence and is currently used for ceremonies and political center.
The building was made up of 14 gates and built with red stone, very common in Indian constructions, and white marble. Much of the building was destroyed by the British in the 1857 revolt.
The Old Spice Market
Another fascinating place is the ancient spice market in ancient Delhi. The place is full of color, full of people, the smell of spices is in the air – which makes breathing a little difficult, I coughed a lot when I was there. It would not be a bad idea to wear a mask to cover your mouth and nose. The building is quite old and a little poorly maintained, which I think gives the place a special charm.
Our guide took us to the top of the building on a side stairway almost at the entrance of the spice market, a little difficult to find if you don’t know the place. But the view from the top is even richer in colors and unusual situations. There are always so many things happening at the same time in India that sometimes it’s hard to know where to look. Something that caught our attention was some men bathing on the top of the building with a mug.
Rajghat is the memorial where the ashes of Gandhi rests. Gandhi was a decisive character in India’s independence from England.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was the son of a village prime minister, that is, despite what his trajectory may lead us to deduce, Gandhi was from a wealthy family. He married young in an arranged marriage – custom in India.
He studied law in England, something only possible for people with good financial and social conditions. His fight began at the time of college when he had to break his caste rules to study abroad. After graduation, he then went to South Africa, where he met the struggles for racial discrimination and moved by a sense of justice and moved back to India.
There he began to gain followers of his nonviolence ideology. English domination has always been marked by violence and high taxes to keep the luxury lifestyle of the British and English wars. Gandhi used other methods, instead of encouraging fights and wars, began to work on raising awareness of the population. His ‘fight’ was a peaceful one but nonetheless way. It was through civil disobedience, which encouraged Indians not to pay the high taxes imposed by England and with the organization of general strikes that Gandhi made history in India and In the world.
Gandhi was arrested, discriminated, went on hunger strike and above all fought for a fairer India, with no division of creeds and caste or racial discrimination imposed by England. Discrimination and division that still noticeably have not yet ended in India, but has certainly made enormous progress in the Gandhi era.
The Lotus Temple is so named because of its lotus flower shape, but the real name of the time is Bahá’u House of Worship and was built in 1986.
That was our trip in Delhi.
See you in our next post about India.