This was on my must-see list this time, and I’m glad it was. It’s like a mini version of Humayun’s Tomb. Few visitors were there, which I don’t understand. It’s lovely!
My last day in Delhi had come all too soon. In contrast to the comfortable temperatures and rainy weather when I arrived at the beginning of March, 28 days later it was uncomfortably hot.
The outdoor booths had filmy, flowing cloths around them, too, which reminded me of a tent.
It looked like it had seen better days. Compared to the merchandise I had seen elsewhere in Rajasthan, and even at the other Dilli Haat location, there was nothing here that was even slightly tempting.
We moped around the rest of the day, thinking about how we would be parting ways very soon. The time finally came to take me to the airport.
What an incredible trip it had been! India had been every bit as magical as I had anticipated and even surpassed my expectations in many ways. I had seen some fabulous sights and met wonderful people.
I was really going to miss Prem. He had been such good company, and we had developed a friendship during our month-long journey. But I was trying not to feel sad. Prem had invited me to come visit him and stay with his family at his village home in Himachal Pradesh, and I had accepted. During this trip, he had spoken often in glowing terms of “my North India” at the foot of the Himalayas, and I was going to see it. I’m now planning to return to India in November 2012!
Also known as the Birla Mandir Temple, the Laxminarayan Temple makes me think of a wedding cake. It is dedicated to Laxmi, the goddess of wealth, and her consort, Narayan.
The swastika symbol was used as far back as 2500 BC in the Hindu religion, and has also been used by Buddhists and Jainists long before it was co-opted by the Nazis.
The trishula is a trident spear that is the emblem of Shiva. They represent Shiva’s three aspects: creator, preserver and destroyer.
The interior of the temple is constructed in white marble, but no photography is permitted inside.
The Red Fort is a must see on the list of Delhi monuments. Construction began in 1639 when Emperor Shah Jahan, the same man who had the Taj Mahal built in memory of his wife, shifted India’s capital from Agra to Delhi.
A covered bazaar was unusual at that time. It was built so that the women in Shah Jahan’s harem could shop without leaving the fort.
Another structure in the Red Fort Complex is Diwan-i-Khas, the hall of private audiences.
This hall is built in white marble and was where the Emperor would meet with nobles and courtiers.