We visited Qutb Minar, Lotus Temple, and Connaught Place. First stop was the Qutb Minar. It is the world's tallest Minaret and the first prominent structure of Indo-Islamic architecture. It's size and detail are impressive. It's hard to grasp that this was built in the 12th Century. Next stop was the Lotus Temple. The Lotus Temple is a Baha'i Temple of Worship. This means it is open to all religions. It is a gathering place for all to pray and worship God. The Temple itself was remarkable with it's flower shape and the fact it is made out of marble. When you enter the temple, a sense of calm envelopes you and you experience pure silence- escaping all the noises of the outside world. It is bare inside, as Baha'i do not allow pictures, statues or images to be displayed within the temple. It is simply rows of pews. Finally, we hit Connaught Place. Connaught Place is the largest commercial and financial center in New Delhi. We went to walk around and explore the shops. It's essentially a large circle with shops and businesses surrounding it. I didn't enjoy this as much- too many people, too many beggars and way too many pushing vendors. They were relentless and really put me off from wanting to buy from them.
That was all we had time to see in Delhi. I know there is much more to see, but our main goal was to get to the Taj (look for that post shortly). Based on my first impressions, I like Chennai more. It is more of what I expected India to be. Here in Delhi, I feel more Middle Eastern than Indian- based on dress, climate and the people. The south is much warmer and the people seem more traditional and they greet you with open arms.
|Old School Airport boards|
|Detail on Qutb Minar|
|Passage to Tomb of Alauddin Khalji|
|Tomb of Alauddin Khalji|
|Courtyard of College|