Delhi Journals

Delhi in the new light

A May 2005 trip to Delhi by Vaidya

Quote: I have been to Delhi quite a number of times. Now that my child has grown, I wanted her to see the places that had made an imprint on me in the past. Luckily, we could plan our days such that we were not out in the hot sun for most of the time.

Delhi in the new light

Overview

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As a young boy, my summers generally had a trip to Motibagh, where we stayed with my aunt. There were a lot of embassies nearby bearing the architectural styles of their respective countries. The roads in this area were wide, clean, and they also had beautiful gardens on either side. Ashoka Hotel and Lodhi Garden were also quite close. We as kids would get up early in the morning and would go to the gardens with a football or a cricket bat. During this time, the Railway Museum was also being developed. So every day, we used to regularly check if there was any new addition to the museum. Then there was ‘Teen Moorthy’ house, the place where our beloved Prime Minister, Shri Jawahar Lal Nehru, used to sta...Read More

Dilli Haat

Attraction

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On the first evening in Delhi, we went to the Delhi Haat . The place now has a lot of representation from eastern and southern states too, quite unlike the past, when Kashmir used to be the sole show stealer. There was jewelry from Rajasthan, bedsheets from Gujrat, terracotta from Bengal, bamboo artifacts from Orissa and Tripura, purses from Bhopal, paintings from Bihar, durries from Haryana, and much more. As my daughter had one chapter on each of the states in her geography book, for her, it was a pleasure cum shopping cum educational trip. Here you talk directly to the artisan, who, if required, can tell you the entire development process. In the center, there was a stage, and artists from Rajastha...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 20, 2005

Dilli Haat

Delhi, India

The Qutab Minar Complex (Qutb Minar)

Attraction | "Qutab Minar"

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Qutab Minar was visible from the balcony of the South Delhi house of our hosts. It was quite crowded early in the morning when we reached there. We could not help notice that the Qutab Minar area has now become clean and green, quite unlike the past, when you had to cross through dirty by-lanes to reach the monument. The ticket was Rs 10=00 or so, but it was saddening to know that they do not allow you to go up the monument these days. One good thing is the camera on the top, which helps you to at least have a good experience on how Delhi looks from above. The monument looks fresh and colourful. The stonework is all the more attractive now. This monument was built by a famous king named Qutab din...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 20, 2005

The Qutab Minar Complex (Qutb Minar)
Mehrauli
Delhi, India

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We left for the Railway Museum with a lot of excitement in our hearts, and we were not disappointed at all. As soon as we entered, the children saw the small train aptly named the ‘joy train’. The authorities have made a railway platform and have also taken pains to keep the setting like an actual platform. You have a bookshop, a vendor selling soft drinks and wafers, the large bell that signals the departure of the train and the good old mechanical weighing machine with its battery of hanging weights. The children really got wild with excitement when the train whistled. The small round costing around Rs. 10=00 took us through the open yard where engines of yore were stationed – looking clean, sh...Read More