After days of anticipation, texting, talking on the phone and making hundreds of plans and lists, we finally meet at Delhi airport (Indira Gandhi International airport) which is another step closer to the city of Leh, also called “Little Tibet”.
Delhi, a city of more than 25 million people and more arriving every day. If you ever come here, you will need some time to adjust to so many people always being around you. Starting at the airport to the hotel room, you will soon believe that there are more than 25 million people.
In some religious books, Delhi is called Indraprasth and back in 2000 BC it was ruled by the Hindu King Pandavas who fought the war against Mahabharata. After that it was ruled by many other Hindu kings, Muslim kingdoms, Afghans – the rulers of Afghanistan, again Hindus and Muslims and so on. All these, as well as the British who came later, have ruled in Delhi for centuries.
For example, Connaught Place, which is constructed in a horseshoe shape with three different concentric circles, was built by the British as a business hub and today it serves as one of the main shopping areas in the city and the Red Fort which was formerly the government palace of the Mughals and today is a museum.
If you would like to know more about the history of Delhi and the different interesting places there are to visit there, then please read Isabel’s articles (Link follows)
The word Delhi derives from Dilli, which means gateway, and there are four gates in Delhi:
- Delhi gate
- Kashmiri gate
- Ajmeri gate
- India gate
Throughout history, they were used by the emperors and people who came to visit Delhi from the south, east, north or west had to use a specific gate to enter the city.
To give you an insight about the busy city life that Delhi offers 24/7, I have prepared this short video. It gives an impression of Delhi from someone who is visiting India for the first time, while they travel around in a rickshaw which is a very common, fast and very exciting means of transport in Delhi.
After visiting the best places of my city and finally getting the last things we needed to begin our adventure, we were ready to leave this noisy place and head towards the mountains once again. Our first stop was Dharamsala, a city in Himachal Pradesh in the northern part of India, very close to McLeod Ganj – the headquarters of the famous Dalai Lama (the exiled Tibetan religious and political leader).
To be continued…
|New Delhi through the eyes of a dabbler by Sourabh Sharma||Sourabh Sharma||CC BY-SA 4.0|
|The Streets of New Delhi||Sourabh Sharma||CC BY-SA 4.0|