More Places to Visit in India

Belated belated Happy Easter everyone! Sorry for that long break. Nope, wasn't out on a trip - I guess I had such a big hang-over from the Holy Week break that all I came up with when I attempted to write was a big fat egg...And now, on with the India series.

QUTAB MINAR

This is one of the oldest (if not the oldest) monuments in New Delhi. It's a tower 72 meters high and it is a "victory monument" which was built when the Moslems won over the Hindus. It's an interesting structure to look at and photograph, of course. Near it, there's a 7 meter iron pillar - now enclosed by grills. In the olden times, our tourguide said, with your back to the pillar, if you could put your arms around the pillar, your wish will come true.

BAHAI TEMPLE

This is also called the Lotus Temple, largely because of the way it looks (looks somewhat like a lotus flower). Our tourguide mentioned that it also looks similar to the Sydney Opera House - though I don't really agree. The Sydney Opera House was more attractive and imposing to me. Anyway, the temple was named after the person (Bahai) who established a new religion in India (and in other parts of the world, as well) although people of all religions are welcome to come to the temple and meditate.

INDIA GATE

This is a memorial to the 90K soldiers who died in WW1. In New Delhi, as you go around, you'll be passing by this monument quite often.

In the next few days: The Trip to the Taj Mahal

[By Angelica Viloria | Tuesday, April 29, 2003]


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