Seeing a city in one day is difficult, but it is possible to hit a lot of the major sights. I had one day in Delhi during my trip to India, and I was able to see a surprising number of things. I had a taxi at my disposal, so I didn’t have to worry about transportation between places (or haggling with auto drivers in a language I barely speak), but the Metro system is supposed to be quite good as well.
I have to say that Delhi is surprisingly clean, and there is an initiative to make the city more green, so there are lots of trees and open spaces. The green initiatives actually seem to be gaining momentum all over the country. Even in Hyderabad (the current capital city of Andhra Pradesh), there is more of an effort to maintain open spaces, which I don’t remember being as much of an emphasis seven years ago, when I last visited.
I really enjoyed what I saw of Delhi. There a lot of history there alongside the modern infrastructure, and it’s fascinating to see the two interwoven throughout the city. Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to go back and explore some more.
|Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi|
|Lotus Temple at sunset|
The Qutb Minar complex in Delhi is an ancient monument. Construction of the minar itself was started in 1192, and after its completion nearly two centuries later, it was used as a watch tower. At the time of its construction and for many years after, it was the tallest monument in India. The complex is also home to the rustless iron pillar, which has remained resistant to corrosion for centuries. The iron pillar contains inscriptions from the period of the Gupta empire, nearly 1000 years ago.
|Qutb Minar at night|
This was an intense day of sightseeing, but I managed to see a lot of what I wanted to see in Delhi, and I still had plenty of time to explore the different places I visited. Plus, it helped me stay awake through my jet lag!