I am not sure if the Incredible India television commercials are seen globally or just here in Asia. After our visit to India last week I agree that India is incredible. We began by visiting Delhi. As we drove from the airport into the city we realized that there don’t seem to be any traffic laws and if there are everyone disregards them. The drivers are continuously honking and most of the time it isn’t the “get out of my way” kind of honking. It’s more the “I’m just letting you know that I’m here and I may pass you if you move over a bit and make some room.” At night, especially they flash their lights for the same reason. On our first full day we visited a memorial to Mahatma Ghandi, Raj Ghat. This is a simple monument to him in a beautiful garden.
Then after the Red Fort we got in a bicycle rickshaw for a ride through old Delhi.
And I thought Tokyo had problems with power lines!
Back in New Delhi we visited India Gate, a memorial to soldiers who died win World War I, and stopped by the president’s house.
We visited the Indira Gandhi museum. It is in the home where she lived while she was Prime Minister and also the location where she was assassinated while walking across her garden from her home to her office. It was filled with photos, newspaper clippings and awards. Some of the rooms were preserved as they were when she lived there. I found it very interesting and would have stayed longer if it would have been less crowded.
Next, we traveled south of New Delhi to see the Qutub Mintar. It is the biggest minaret I have ever seen and obviously better constructed than the mosque next to it, it’s in ruins. The mintar and mosque were built by Muslim invaders in 1193 on the site of a Hindu temple that they had destroyed. The iron pillar to the left of the Qutub Mintar in the photo below is from the Hindu temple. The Muslims were so anxious to get the mosque built that they used elements from the temple in their construction.
We headed back to the hotel to get ready for the next day’s fight to Varanasi, the holiest city in the Hindu religion, situated on the bank of the Ganges river.
PS It’s snowing in Tokyo!!!