After I left the memorable Agra I went to visit the capital of India, Delhi .
Just four hours from the city of Agra by bus, Delhi is a territory that you definitely have to visit during your stay in India! With the amazing temples, monuments and the chance to observe the Indian way of life, no doubt that Delhi will not disappoint you!
I had booked for my stay the “Prime Balaji Deluxe @ New Railway Station“, a great, clean hotel with helpful staff, in a very convenient location in New Delhi. One of the best things you can do in Delhi is to walk around the city and enjoy the amazing street food, do some shopping and feel the pulse of this city! Paharganj district, the Main Bazaar road, the Ajmal Khan Road and the India Gate at New Delhi are perfect places to walk and observe!
First stop, one of the most impressive Mandirs (Hinduist Temples) of India, a place that you must visit if you are in Delhi, is Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple. This new, amazing Temple was build in 2005 to honour Sahajanand Swami, a yogi, an ascetic, whose life and teachings brought a revival of central Hindu practices of dharma, ahimsa and brahmacharya. He is believed by some followers to be a manifestation of God. The only negative in this place is that photos and videos are not allowed. So, you can only have a photo of yourself, taken from the photographer of the Temple.
Second stop, was the great Tomb of Humayun Mughal Emperor. One more UNESCO world heritage in India!
Last visit of the day was the Lodhi Gardens.
Lodhi Gardens house the tombs of Muhammad Shah, the third leader of Sayyid dynasty and Sikandar Lodhi. They also contain a variety of 100 of tree species and more than 50 species of birds and butterflies. A perfect place to visit during afternoon time!
I had four more places to visit the next day.
First was the Red Fort of Delhi, the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal dynasty for nearly 200 years. Without a doubt a masterpiece!
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, commonly known as Mahatma Gandhi, was the preeminent leader of Indian nationalism in British-ruled India. Employing non-violent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for non-violence, civil rights and freedom across the world.
After Gandhi memorial, I had to see another great monument, the
Qutub minar in Delhi.
A few kilometres south of Delhi, the red sandstone tower of Qutb Minar, built in the early 13th century, is 72.5 metres high, tapering from 2.75 m in diameter at the top to 14.32 m at the base. The surrounding archaeological area contains funerary buildings. Without a doubt Qutub Minar is a magnificent Muslim monument.
The last place I had to visit in Delhi was the Laxminarayan Temple.
Because Delhi is the mother of Indian food, there are so many choices for you in terms of food!
And as a matter of fact, I can recommend two good restaurants that I visited, but the final choice is yours!
In the main Bazaar road in New Delhi you can find the Krishna rooftop cafe.
Kitchen with a course is famous for the authentic Indian food, but the best thing about this restaurant is that they support disadvantaged children and young people, by offering them opportunities to gain employment and a better future.