Delhi, Incredible India.

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Incredible India is a term that is used quite frequently when talking about India. And it is true: India is truly an experience for itself. The first impression can be a bit intimidating, because India tends to be intense, but at the same time incredible: really hot temperatures, sometimes smog, numerous people, vibrant colors, constant noise of the horn, tuk-tuks and a certain smell in the air. But you have to visit India and experience it for yourself to feel what it is all about.

As I told you in another blog post I have this thing with cultures and countries that are different than what I am used to normally, because I like to experience different things. That is why I like India a lot. My last trip to Delhi has been a while now, that is why I was super excited for my upcoming trip to the Indian capital.

 

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Fist stop: Qutab Minar.

Unfortunately half of my must-see-list (thanks a lot to my Indian colleague who wrote the list for me) was already cancelled as many attractions are closed on Monday. Nevertheless I found two very nice attractions I visited alone.

Safety-wise I had no problems going out alone, as I made sure to keep a low profile and wore a pashmina when outside.

I took Uber to my first attraction Qutab Minar in the South-West of Delhi. Qutab Minar is 73 meters high triumphal column, in particular it is the tallest brick minaret in the world and is made of red sandstone and marble. Together with other monuments and buildings Qutab Minar forms the Qutab Complex and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

I paid 500 Rupees entrance fee as a foreigner (meaning non-Indian), which is around 7 Euros.

Have a look for yourself how it looked like. 🙂

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Outside Qutab Minar I took a tuk-tuk to bring me to my next stop. Rule #1 when taking a tuk-tuk is bargaining. 🙂 If you don’t bargain you might be tricked and pay an enormous amount compared to what it would normally cost. As they say: practice makes perfect. 😉

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Next stop: Humayun’s Tomb.

It was the first garden-tomb in India and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well. There is not only Humayan’s Tomb, no it is a complex where some other monuments and graves are located.

The entrance fee for foreigners is also 500 Rupees.

It was more peaceful, as there were not so many tourists than at Qutab Minar. Here are some impressions. 🙂

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Does Humayun’s Tomb look familiar to you? Its design is similar to the Taj Mahal! 🙂 Even though it was built by the Islamic Mughal dynasty in Delhi 85 years before the Taj Mahal, they took it as inspiration for their masterpiece.

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Have you been to India before? How did you like it? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂


5 Responses to Delhi, Incredible India.

  1. Liliana says:

    Hey Carola!
    Great post, thank you for sharing these two attractions, I am already looking forward to my next flight to India! Haven’t been there for quite some time now… I spent christmas in Mumbai, and flew 3x to Delhi in January this year, including a visit to the Taj Mahal .
    I just love the “indian essence”. The smell, the hospitality, the food, the rush, the colours, bollywood….
    As you said, it’s an indescribable place!
    Have a successful week!

    P.S.: I read you are studying Journalism. That’s what I am planning to do in the future 🙂 Do you want to work for a newspaper, or for the television…?

    • Carola says:

      Dear Liliana 🙂

      thanks for your comment!
      Wow, the Taj Mahal is truly an experience, I am sure you enjoyed it to the fullest 🙂
      Me too, I like it a lot – it seems like the more the culture differs from those we have in Europe the more I enjoy the experience.
      Where are your next flights going to?
      Oh wow, it is an interesting and very versatile job field. I haven’t decided yet, as there are too many interesting things to do in the journalism spectrum. So far I really like online journalism (obviously!) and TV. Where would you like to study?

      Happy landings and much love from Vienna,
      Carola

      • Liliana says:

        Hello Carola!
        Sorry for the late reply!
        Exactly, I totally agree with you on that point (about the different cultures).

        That is cool! Your website is the best proof for your talent for online journalism I also have a website but it’s not as original as yours…
        I would love to work for a radio station, Tv would be nice aswell.
        I am planning to study in Fribourg in Switzerland, Kommunikation und Medien, in french. The next month, in June, I will become F/A 2 , Therefore I am thinking about starting studying in one year 🙂 let’s see…

        Sunny regards from Unterägeri, Zug,
        Liliana 🙂

  2. Julia says:

    Wunderschöne Bilder Carola!
    Indien muss so wahnsinnig schön und beeindruckend sein – ich möchte unbedingt nächstes Jahr eine Rajasthan Reise machen 🙂
    Wünsch dir ein schönes Wochenende – freu mich auf kommende Posts und Fotos!

    Liebe Grüße,
    Julia

    • Carola says:

      Liebe Julia

      Danke für deinen Kommentar 🙂
      Indien ist wirklich einzigartig und auf jeden Fall eine Erfahrung wert. Wenn du kannst, plane einen Ausflug zum Taj Mahal ein!
      Gleichfalls, ich freue mich auch auf deine Posts!

      Liebe Grüße,
      Carola

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