Our second attempt at boarding a HOHO bus was successful this morning and it made for a day jam-packed with sight-seeing. Our tour began with Safdarjung Tomb followed by the National Museum, a colourful walk through the markets in Old Delhi, a stroll through the gardens of the Purana Qila (Old Fort), and we topped it off with dinner at our favourite Indian restaurant in Greater Kailash II.
Old Delhi was the highlight of our day – so rich with colour, sounds, smells, and people! You may notice that many of the shops in our photos are actually closed – not only is it a Sunday but it is also the weekend of a Muslim holiday so the Old Delhi we experienced would be considered a ghost town by regular Old Delhi standards!
Tomb of Safdarjung
Built in 1754 in the late Mughal Empire style, It is not a Mughal Emperor’s tomb but that of the Prime Minister of Mughal Empire when Momhammed Shah Ahmed Shah ascended the throne of the Mughal Empire in Delhi in 1748
Lakshmi-Narayana on Garuda (12th Century A.D.) at National Museum
Amorous Couple at National Museum made in 2nd Century B.C.
Our first encounter with a non-Eruropean style toilet.
Ranganatha (representation of Vishnu lying on a bed) at National Museum
The HOHO had everything a Westerner could possibly want/need when sight-seeing in Delhi: safe and comfortable environment, A/C, spacious seating, large windows, a tour guide, and CHEAP WATER!!
Red Fort from outside the gates – closed for Independence Day preparations…
After a strange (but cheap) rickshaw ride to the center of the ‘spice market’ AKA chaos sans spices, we backtracked on foot to find that the traditional spice market was closed but we found this cute little spice shop which was a satisfactory end to our spice hunt.
Teaching us about all the different spices – and providing delicious free samples 🙂
Purana Qila (Old Fort)
Sher Mandal at Purana Qila
Amanda & Adam & Bryan