APRIL 21, 2018
This was my second visit to Delhi. We booked a car for this trip. We started from Bhiwadi(Rajasthan) at 8:30 am.We arrived at Delhi at 10 am.First the driver took us to Qutab Minar. Delhi is the capital of India and is well connected with every parts of India.
Qutab Minar was built by Qutab-ud-din Aibak in 1193, after the defeat of Delhi’s last Hindu kingdom. It is located at Mehruli in Delhi. It is a 73 m high tower. The tower has five distinct storeys. The first three storeys are made of red sand stone; the fourth and the fifth storeys are made of marble and red sand stone. There is a mosque at the foot of the Qutab Minar (Quwwal-ul-Islam Mosque). A 7 meter high iron pillar stands in the courtyard of the Mosque.
Qutab Minar is a World Heritage Site. It is not only one of the finest monumens in India but also in the World. Qutab-ud-din Aibak could only finish the basement of the pillar. His successor Iltutmish added three more storeys and Firoz Shah Tughlak constructed the fifth and the last storey in 1368.
Opening Time : Open all day.
Entry Fee : Rs 40 per person for Indians and Rs 600 per person for foreigners.
Nearest Metro station is Qutab Minar.
After visiting Qutab Minar we went to visit beautiful Lotus Temple.
The Lotus Temple was consecrated and opened to the public in December 1986. It was designed by Iranian architect Fariborz Sahba. This temple is built in the shape of lotus flower and the structure is made of pure white marble. The architect chose the lotus as the symbol common to Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam. Anyone of any faith is free to visit the Lotus temple and pray or meditate. Around the blooming petals there are nine pools of water.
This temple is a Baha’i House of Worship. The Baha’i Faith is a monotheistic religion which emphasizes the spiritual unity of humankind. The Baha’i faith is one of the youngest of the world’s major religion. It was founded by Baha’u’llah in Iran in the 19th century.
Lotus temple in Delhi is one of the seven such places of worship. The other six are in Sydney in Australia, Frankfurt in Germany, Wilmette in USA, Panama city in Panama, Apia in Western Samoa and Kampala in Uganda.
This magnificent temple has 9 doors. It is believed that around 10 k marble sizes were used to built the temple. It is the first temple in Delhi to use solar panel. The temple is visited by more than 10,000 visitors daily. It opens at 9.30 am and closes at 5.30 pm in winter and closes 7 pm in summer. It remains close on Monday and opens from Tuesday to Sunday. The temple is located at south Delhi and it is well linked by metro as well as other means of transport.
There is no fee charge to enter the Lotus temple.
Where to stay
Delhi occupies some of the finest hotels in India. There are 5 star hotels or the mid-range pocket friendly hotels.
Our next destination was Akshardham Temple.
Akshardham Temple(also known as Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple) is located in New Delhi. It is one of the India’s largest Hindu Temples.
The temple was officially opened on 6 November 2005 by Pramukh Swami Maharaj in the presence of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Monmohan Singh, L.K. Advani and B.l. Joshi.
Mobile phone or Camera is not allowed inside Akshardham Complex. Your mobile, bags, camera, electronic items , everything is deposited at the cloak rooms near the entrance.
The complex features an abhisaka mandap, a thematic garden, three exhibitions namely Sahajanand Darshan(Hall of Values), Neelkanth Darshan( a film on the early life of Swaminarayan as the teenage Yogi, Neelkanth), Sanskriti Darshan(Cultural Boat Ride) and Sahaj Anand water show.