Delhi 10.09.2017


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Delhi sometimes is called as capital of seven Empires. According to legends the city was founded around 3000 B.C., however the first documented data comes already from 8-9 century A.C.

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There are 60000 (!) monuments notable for world heritage. All of it were built several thousands years ago. Obviously we didn't have enough time to check all. We had just one day in the end. Thus we picked the most important things and started with Red Fort.

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Right after the entrance people painted the gate. With no brush (!). Just a rag and they held it with bare hands.

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It was very hot. +39. Under the sun it felt like 10 degrees higher. Nevertheless there was a lot of people on the streets.

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Red Fort was built in the times of Shah Jahan. Architects tried to built it according to their imaginations of paradise, based on Quran description. Later English people built there barracks for soldiers. However even those buildings look nice.

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Next to the fort there is some kind of market. I can't say there are a lot of people there, but due to random seller points positions, heavy traffic and absolutely no pedestrian zone it's almost impossible to walk there by foot.

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Thus instead of walking 700-800 meters we simply had to hire a rickshaw.

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Rickshaw has one amazing feature: it can reach any destination, which is not available for a normal car. We got through a market, dirty hills and crowded street right to our destination.

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Jama Masjid of Delhi. And yes, this market is the view you can observe right from the main entrance.

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They make ablution in a common pool right inside the mosque. Ii didn't seem to me like a clean healthy way to get yourself washed.

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There is a big difference from all mosques I've seen before: mosques in India are almost completely open aired. Just a small part of it has a roof.

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People are allowed to walk inside only barefoot. Even in the open area. The floor is made from stone, which means it gets hot quite fast under the sun and it really hurts your feet. It's impossible to stay longer than a few seconds on the same place. I can't imagine how they pray here (especially on Fridays).

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For a small fee it's allowed to go up on minaret. Of course barefoot on the hot stone.

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From there one can see city panorama.

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Though it's not that easy to get out from this place as well. We didn't manage to get Uber (well, we needed 2 cars, but we got only one, and the second one got lost in the middle of the way), so we hired a rickshaw instead of second car.

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Along the road often cables hang like a noodle. It's not that cheap to put it under the earth, so people have no other choice.

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Next to entrance of almost every big Hindu temple you can always buy flowers. Laxminarayan Temple is not an exception from this rule. A lot of tourists visit the place due to its beauty. However there are also a lot of pilgrims. Even if Delhi might seem a mainly Muslim area, it's not. Over 80% locals are Hindu.

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It's not allowed to take pictures inside the temple, however there are plenty of things to take a photo from outside as well.

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The temple area include a huge green garden with fountain system. However fountains were switched off this time. Looks like it's a time to turn it on yet.

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It's impossible to skip Humayun's Tomb. Like Taj Mahal it was built as a symbol of love, though not husband to wife, but wife to husband. The tomb was used as an inspiration and hint by Taj Mahal architects, however is famous far less than Taj Mahal.

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Yet another time want to mention peoples clothes. So bright and colourful.

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The thing which impressed me the most is the contrast. You can just exit some nice beautiful building which is a world heritage and under UNESCO protection and immediately get into dirty street, people living on the streets, beggars or even a slum.

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And right next to it a pretty park with well-dressed people..

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