Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Namaste India!

Vibrant colors! Bollywood! Spicy food! History! Temples! Crowds! Cows!

These are few words that describe my beautiful country, India.

I had the wonderful opportunity to visit North India some time back, and this experience was especially unique as I had never been to Punjab or the Himalayan region before. My journey looked like this:

Delhi-Amritsar-Shimla-Chandigarh-Delhi-Agra-Fatehpur Sikri-Delhi

My first stop was Delhi, where I got to see many well known attractions such as the Red Fort, Raj Ghat, Qutb Minar, Jama Masjid, Humayan's Tomb, and the Birla Temple. My personal favorites in this city are the Qutb Minar and Humayan's Tomb. Maybe because I went to these places early in the morning, when everything was so peaceful with no tourists, but I loved the intricate designs on the architecture of the Qutb Minar, and enjoyed walking around the ruins. Also, Humayan's Tomb, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, looked very majestic from the outside, and the whole place was just so serene.

I also made a quick stop at India's largest mosque, Jama Masjid, which is indeed very vast and has a beautiful structure. Take note of visiting times, as non-devotees are only allowed entry on specific days and times.

Finally, how could I leave Delhi without going to Connaught Place and Janpath?! These are large indoor and outdoor bazaars, respectively, that sell varieties of clothes, jewellery, art and books, and you must be prepared to spend a lot of time there, as bargaining for the price you want can be very time consuming! I spent 4 hours there after much haggling, and ended up getting some clothes for a wedding and some Amar Chitra Katha comic books to read during my train journey to Amritsar. Next time I go to Delhi, I will definitely make a stop at this shoppers' paradise :)!

Enjoy this short video on my favorite sites in Delhi, created by Trevenki Productions. Special thanks goes to Isabelle T. who designed the Ganesha image.

Next stop....Amritsar!!!


DVD said...

Namaste !!!

banoo said...

When we first visited Delhi in 1983, I was so excited to see the Capital of India and I had imagined myself as Mumtaz (because I have been longing to see Taj Mahal as I did a Mumtaz role in my school play/dance!) while visiting the
historic places & tombs! Wow! India...what a beautiful country! If we look back at the history, any one born as an Indian would have many reasons to be proud of being an Indian!
Let your journey continue ....

Ravipa said...

Excellent video and the accompanying sitar is a so soothing to hear. This video brings back my memories of Delhi. And Isabelle, the Pillayar design is so cute....

Edouard Saint said...

Thank you for these feed backs. I enjoyed the video as well.

banoo said...

Nice video with the sitar background! Looking f/d to see other video clippings.

Nivedita Ramesh said...

Preethi, that was a lovely video of Delhi. Great job!
I especially agree with the shopping part! You get some great stuff in the markets, but it's only for those with the discerning eye and loads of stamina. Did you visit South Block, with the parliament buildings?
Delhi is most beautiful in winter, but then it also cold and foggy. It is a city ... See Morewith a lot of its history mingled with the present, as can be seen with the buildings. People from Delhi are known for their exacting attitude and never-say-die spirit :)


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