Saturday, September 10, 2011

1st Look

With as tight a summary as I could compile, here is an official outline, but will begin with my immediate observations: 

Delhi appears more  cosmopolitan and less conservative than Chennai.  While clearly still  "india" in terms of the extremes of wealth to poverty, and the hustle/bustle of street life,  there are clear differences in the style of clothing,  landscape , architecture, and  the food.   I'll hope to share more specific blog entries on each as I grow accustomed to the change and immerse with my family and day-to-day life.      I think I'm really going to like it here. 


Delhi is the capital of the India and the second populous city after the Mumbai. Delhi is located on the banks of river Yamuna and shares its border with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. Delhi was famous from ancient time and it was also the capital of “Pandavas” during the time of Mahabharata. The city has major political, cultural and financial centres.
Delhi has warm summers and cold winters usually. Climate of the city remains hot and humid between the months of April to October. Despite of warm conditions in Delhi there is no reduction of tourists throughout the year.
Hindi, English and Punjabi are the major languages spoken in the Delhi. However English is the official language and Hindi and Punjabi, people used at their home. Delhi has many historical monuments and wonderful buildings and they are given below –
  • India Gate – This is 42 meters high and this is known for the memory of the 90,000 Soldiers of the Indian Army who died in World War I. Names of the soldiers was written on the wall of the India Gate.
  • Old Fort, Delhi – The fort is located on the small hill and on the bank of the river Yamuna. This is the famous monument in the capital city of India. Legend has it that the fort marked the site of Indraprastha, the glorious capital of the Pandavas, though the creation was carried out by Sher Shah Suri sometime between 1538 to 1545 AD.
  • Jantar Mantar – The monument was built by the Rajut Emperor and will resemble the Rajput Empire.
  • Humayun’s Tomb – This is Red and White building and was built in the 15th century. The Agra’s “Taj Mahal” is also inspired by this building.
  • Chandni Chowk, Delhi – This is a commercial area and today one of the country’s best known wholesale markets for textiles, electronic goods and many other items.
    Lotus Temple
    Lotus Temple
  • Parliament House – This is also a sample of extra ordinary art.
  • Birla Mardir – One of the top temples in Delhi.
  • Akshardham Temple – Representing the Hindu mythology and the Indian culture, the Akshardham Temple stands on the banks of river Yamuna, covering an area of 100 acres. The area of temple is decorated with the fountains and parks.
  • Red Fort – The fort was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. 26 January march pass will take place on this spot and the Prime minister on the Independence Day will fly Indian flag here.

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