|Parliament Building, New Delhi|
Blog Entry #31: North to Delhi
Wednesday, October 13, 2011
Perhaps more than any other set of experiences during these four months, Pat and I have been looking forward to our 4 days in northern India in and around the sacred Ganges Rivers. Tuesday night we gathered our group of 18 at the harbor, made our long and tortuous way through the Chennai traffic to the airport, and headed north the 1700 km to Delhi, India’s vibrant capital.
One arrives by air to Delhi through the Indira Gandhi International Airport, an impressive modern structure where passengers pass by a massive wall of mudra sculptures, the Hindu hand gestures. A sprawling metropolis of close to 14 million, Delhi merges two cities: Old Delhi, the tightly packed ancient city that served as capital to Islamic India and its 300-year line of Mughal rulers, and New Delhi, spaciously laid out by the British with long boulevards and dominating colonial buildings, designed to be the British imperial capital of India.
|Government buildings in New Delhi|
|India Gate, World War I memorial|
|Muslim family celebrating a return from the Haj|
|Basal Arches on Humayun's Tomb|
|Raj Ghat, site of Mahatma Gandhi's cremation|