D68. Nov 7 . Delhi sightseeing

The Delhi’ monuments I went through yesterday are really a 3D representation of India’s historical milestones, summarizing an ebb & tide of influences over time – muslim Mughals (Turkey), Persians (Iran), British…

Qutb Minar
Erected by muslims in 1199 to mark victory over the local – and accessorily a minaret.
72 meters of red sandstone (grès) engraved with Coran suras (sourates).

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You cannot enter the minaret anymore: in 1981 a crowd panic resulted in 40 casualties! The monument has been closed ever since.

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Such shinny and colorful shinny everywhere could almost make me forget that women do not exist as such here.

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Would you like any refrigerated water before leaving the place ?

Humayun’s Tomb
Erected in 1595  by the Mughal emperor’ widow. It adopts the style of a persian’ grave.

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It was probably an inspiration for the architects of the Taj Mahal.

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Indian tourists come here with their families or classmates.
And I’ve counted 3 types of westerners:
. English people in their twenties, with Indian origins, coming here with a bunch of friends;
. French couples in their fifties;
. American groups in their sixties.
same typology in every monument!

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Old Delhi Red Fort
Constructed in the 17th century and the seat of Mughal power, it became a symbol of the rebellion versus the British. With the end of the Mughal reign (1858), the British gave official sanctions to remove and sell valuables from the palace at the Red Fort.They put down the harem apartments and instead of them erected a line of barracks. After Indian Independence, the site experienced few changes in terms of addition or alteration to the structures. The Red Fort continued to be used as a cantonment even after Independence.

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The site isn’t only touristic. As the entrance fees only cost 10 Rupees to locals (250 for foreigners), they often come here for walks or shop, as thee Fort also shelters a bazar.
It looks like nothing has changed since the independence, and the picture below reminds me very much of an Alfred Hitchkock movie – I couldn’t say which one – here the hero would be pursued by bad guys in a gloomy bazar : )

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The Parliament
In the parliament’ street, very British in its style, a bunch of Ambassadors.
Those cars were primarily manufactured by Morris Motors Limited in Oxford, UK, in the 1950′. Despite its British origins, the Ambassador is considered as an Indian car and is fondly called “The king of Indian roads”. All taxis were Ambassadors but 2011 anti-pollution norms banned them from 11 cities, including Kolkata were the car is produced, and the sales are plummeting…

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