Day 2: Monday, March 5th, 2018. Old Delhi, India
Day 2 was a chance to visit more of Delhi. This time, we explored Old Delhi. Starting with Chandni Chowk, the oldest and busiest wholesale markets in Old Delhi. Parts of the market only allow rickshaw, carts, and carts pulled by cows. We had a wild rickshaw ride through the market! They sold anything from flowers for religious purposes, an assortment of beans, spices, beautiful pashmina scarves, and there was an entire bridal section for adornments for the colorful bridal dresses and grandiose jewelry. We entered the spice and tea market with a large array of product they export daily. The spices including ghost pepper were so strong out noses could not withstand it for too long. There were “families” of 30,000 people visit the market daily.
Passed by the Red Fort monument built by the 17th century Mughal emperor of India Shah Jahan and was designed by his daughter Jahanara.
Visited the Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi who was the father of India who fought for social in justices.
Drove past President’s house, Government Secretariat buildings and Connaught Place shopping center.
India Gate is a war memorial to the 82,000 soldiers of the Indian Army who died in the period of 1914-1921 in the first war. Many of these soldiers were never found. The names of 13,300 service men’s names are carved into the gate.It is often compared to the Arch do Triomphe in Paris. Underneath, there is a Flame of the Immortal Soldier which has been burning since 1971.
Explored the Muslim Rajput chief Isa Khan Niyazi’s tomb and mosque.
Next was Humayan’s tomb is the tomb of Mughal Humayan in Delhi. It is a world heritage site and was commissioned by Humayan’s first wife Bega Begum in the 1500s which took over 8 years to build. The structure has central asian and Persian Styles if Islamic architecture and lays onto of a 30 acres Persian style garden. It had a square garden and water channels leading up to it. The paradise garden has 2 bisecting water channels that appear to run under tomb suggesting the Quranic verse, which talks about rivers flowing beneath the “garden of paradise.”
Next to the Humayan’s tomb was the UNESCO world heritage site, Qutab Minar. It is the second minar in India which is used to for the muslim call to prayer when the mosque near by was funtioning.
For dinner, we stopped by the bazaar Dilli haat INA. We paid a small entrance fee to enter. It was a nicely organized outdoor shopping selling clothes, jewelry, pashmina’s and a variety of food from different parts of India.
Punjab restaurant: good stuff
Dal markhanahahi pansee sabzi
Papad- green salsa type- not a fab
Salad- more like small onions
Vegetable momos- like asian style dumplings
Aamrakhand dessert - custardy goodness
Kokam soda- not a fan but you may enjoy if you like tamarindo flavor
Kashmir - saffrom kahwa