History and Shopping in Delhi

Monday, September 18, 2017
New Delhi. Most often referred to simply as Delhi, is the capital city of India. One of the city's major landmarks is the Red Fort. For nearly 200 years it was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal dynasty. Today the fort houses several museums and is a huge attractions for tourists, as well as locals. You are certain to wait in line to enter this magnificent building. The Red Fort also adorns the 500-rupee note.

Red Fort in New Delhi, India
The Lotus Temple notable for its flower-like shape and "Sydney Opera House"-style of building, has become a huge tourist attraction in Delhi. The temple functions as a Bahá'i House of Worship and is by far more interesting on the outside.

Lotus Temple in New Delhi, India
The Qutub Minar is a part of the Qutub Complex. The UNESCO World Heritage Site houses ruins built in redstone and marble. The Qutub Minar itself stands at 73 metres (240 feet). An important landmark of capital city Delhi.

Qutub Minar in New Delhi, India
The 60-meter long and 15-meter wide stepwell Agrasen ki Baoli on Hailey Road near Connaught Place, has no history of who built it. It is, however, believed to have been built by King Agrasen. Jantar Mantar astrological site is also not too far from the stepwell.

Agrasen ki Baoli Stepwell in New Delhi, India
Close to the stepwell you'll also find India Gate. This war memorial is well attended by tourists and locals alike. Built in memories of Indian Army soldiers, who gave their lives in the battles of the First World War. Often compared to Gateway of India in Mumbai and the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France.

India Gate in New Delhi, India
Speaking of people who gave their lives for what they believed in; Gandhi Smriti is a museum today. But it was the very spot, where Mahatma Gandhi spent his last 144 days. Where he gave several speeches. And where he was shot four times in cold blood. Read about Gandhi's life and impact. About his ways of bringing light and focus to his opinions. A must-visit place in Delhi and in India.

Last steps of Gandhi at Gandhi Smriti in New Delhi, India
After Gandhi's death he was cremated. The site of cremation remains a sacred spot and is located at Raj Ghat. A flame burns for the man, who changed India. Not as interesting as Gandhi Smriti, but a nice places to visit after you've read about his life and death.

Gandhi cremation site; Raj Ghat in New Delhi, India
If you feel a bit dizzy from all the historical places in Delhi. There's also a fair good amount of markets for shopping. Connaught Place is the high-end part of town. You'll find more stores than street vendors here. Filled with restaurants and cafés, a quiet day is never passing here.

Connaught Place in New Delhi, India
Sarojini Nagar Market is the place for shopping fashion brand clothing at ridiculously low prices. Often the clothes and shoes comes from overproduction or small mistakes, which is why it eventually ends up in Sarojini. Get original brand t-shirts for as low as 150 rupees or shoes for as low as 300 rupees.

Sarojini Nagar in New Delhi, India
One of the biggest markets in Delhi is the Chandi Chowk. Located in Old Delhi and large enough to get lost in. The market offers everything from spices, toys, fake brand clothes and shoes; to watches, old second-hand artifacts and homemade gifts. A stressful places, but the perfect spot for market-lovers.

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