We scheduled a tour of the Golden triangle with only a brief stay in Delhi. After a long drive from Rishikesh, we met our guide and visited some of the local attractions. While it was a neat place we could’ve done without seeing Delhi, and we were glad we didn’t plan much time there.
We were really beat by the time we got to the hotel, so we skipped dinner and settled in quickly at our hotel. It was a five-star hotel but we didn’t leave out room for anything except breakfast. It was nice to have some decent Wi-Fi to finally upload some of our pictures.
What to expect:
The big-city vibe
Delhi is exactly what you would expect from any big city: traffic, nicer amenities, lots of people.
What not to miss:
It doesn’t warrant much of a visit, but talk a walk over to or a drive by the landmark. India Gate is a war memorial to 82,000 Indian Army soldiers who died in the First World War and the Third Anglo-Afghan War. It is a triumphal arch similar in style to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
An inspiration for the Taj Mahal, Humayun’s tomb was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. The mausoleum was built for the second Mughal (Muslim) Emperor by his wife, while the Taj Mahal was built nearly a century later for Mumtaz Mahal, by her husband, the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Both on the Yamuna river and a mix of Mughal and Persian architecture with a Charbagh garden (a garden divided by walkways or flowing water into four parts). The double dome, raised platform, and the octagon shape are just a few examples of similarities.
Bangla Sahib Gurudwara
One of the most prominent Sikh worship houses, the Gurudwara and its Sarovar (holy water pool) have been used to help the needy. The eighth Sikh Guru helped sufferers of cholera and small pox in 1664. Now, volunteers and gursikhs provide food (Langar), shelter, education and medical services free of charge to visitors in need, regardless of their race or religion.
We stayed at Le Meridien: The hotel had a solid breakfast, but we were so exhausted by the time we got in that we skipped dinner. Very nice hotel and our room had a pretty view of the government buildings (lit up at night). It was a little chaotic because they were getting ready for Republic Day, but a very nice hotel.