June 30, 2012

Safdar Jang's Tomb - Delhi

Site Name: Safdar Jang's Tomb
Site Type: Mughal architecture, Tomb, Memorial, Monument, heritage, historical
Location:  Safdarjung, New Delhi, India
Highlights: One of the important tombs in Delhi
Nearest Railway Station: Delhi
Nearest Airport: Delhi
How to reach: Well connected by road, rail and air

Hotel: A lot of options are available within Delhi city
Restaurants: Many options and varieties across the city

New Delhi, the capital city of India, is full of rich heritage sites, monuments and historical tombs. Safdar Jang's Tomb located in Safdarjang area is one of the outstanding heritage sites of the city.

Muhammad Shah was a Mughal emperor who ruled Delhi between 1719 AD and 1748 AD. His Prime Minister Mirza Muqim Abul Mansur Khan was also called as Safdar Jang. The tomb of Sajdar Jang which was built in 1753-54 AD. Safdar Jang's Tomb is considered as the last example of the garden-tomb layout. It was built by Safdar Jang's son Shujaud-Daula.

The garden is divided into four squares by wide pathways and tanks, in turn divided into smaller squares by passages. In the centre a double storeyed impressive gateway is found which enclouses several apartments, a courtyard and a mosque. The mosque built with red sandstone is a later addition. The double storeyed mausoleum stands from a high plaform faced by a verandah broken by arched openings. There is one cenotaph in the central chamber, but two graves are located in the underground chamber in the centre of the platform, one of Safdar Jang and the other of his wife.

Although, the technically sound people claim that the structure has few weakness in its features, it is a wonderful monument from a layman's perception.

Happy travelling.


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June 28, 2012

Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum, New Delhi

Site Name: Indira Gandhi Memorial House
Site Type: Memorial, Monument
Location:  Safdarjung, New Delhi, India
Highlights: One of the important memorials in Delhi; the site where Indira Gandhi was assassinated
Nearest Railway Station: Delhi
Nearest Airport: Delhi
How to reach: Well connected by road, rail and air

Hotel: A lot of options are available within Delhi city
Restaurants: Many options and varieties across the city

 Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum is an important monument in New Delhi, the capital city of India. It was the residence Indira Gandhi, the former Prime Minister of India.

The museum is an important memorial, as it is where Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her own bodyguards in 1984 AD. It was later converted into a museum. The memorial preserves many of her personal belongings and books. Even the sari she was wearing when she was shot dead is displayed in the museum.

Some rare family photographs of the former PM, some of her childhood photos and photos related to national movement and Indian politics are also found in the memorial. It also houses the burnt clothes of Rajeev Gandhi, her son and former PM of India, which were worn by him when he was assassinated.
The garden outside the museum has the spot where she was actually assassinated and fell down. The enclosed glass frame on the ground has dried blood spots.

To pay an emotional tribute to the late leader, visit this site.

Happy travelling.

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June 25, 2012

Teen Murti Bhavan, New Delhi

Site Name: Teen Murti Bhavan
Site Type: Memorial, Monument
Location:  New Delhi, India
Highlights: One of the important memorials in Delhi
Nearest Railway Station: Delhi
Nearest Airport: Delhi
How to reach: Well connected by road, rail and air

Hotel: A lot of options are available within Delhi city
Restaurants: Many options and varieties across the city

The Teen Murti Bhavan is one of the important memorials in New Delhi, the capital city of India. It is the former residence of the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru.

Jawaharlal Nehru stayed in this house for about 16 years. The building was designed by Robert Tor Russell, the British architect in 1930s. It was meant to be the residence of the Commander-in-Chief of the British Indian Army.

Today, the house serves as a memorial. The building houses Nehru museum which has several articles and furnitures used by the former Prime Minister. The Nehru Memorial Library located in the same building is one of the best sites for information on modern Indian history. Also, the Nehru Planetarium is located in this building.

When you go to Delhi, visit Teen Murti Bhavan to pay homage to the late Indian leader.

Happy travelling.


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June 24, 2012

Mughal Gardens, New Delhi

Site Name: Mughal Gardens
Site Type: Garden
Location:  New Delhi, India
Highlights: One of the most popular gardens in the entire country; located in Rashtrapati Bhavan; a popular destination in Delhi city
Nearest Railway Station: Delhi
Nearest Airport: Delhi
How to reach: Well connected by road, rail and air

Hotel: A lot of options are available within Delhi city
Restaurants: Many options and varieties across the city

The visit to Delhi, the capital city of India, is incomplete without visiting the picturesque Mughal Gardens. Mughal Gardens is one of the most beautiful gardens in the entire country and a very important place of interest in the city.

To start with, let us see what is Mughal Garden. A Mughal Garden is a garden built by the Mughals in the Islamic style of architecture. The style was influenced by the Persian style garden style called Charbagh where the quadrilateral garden is divided by walkways or pools. Right from the first Mughal emperor Babur, almost all the Mughal emperors were fond of gardening and constructed many Mughal Gardens. Many of those gardens are found across various places in India and Paksitan such as Taj Mahal, Humayun's Tomb, Shalimar Bagh and Lahore Fort.

Although there are many gardens built by Mughals and by others following the Mughal style, only the Mughal Gardens located at the backyard of Rashrapati Bhavan in New Delhi is very popular in this name. It is definitely one of the best gardens in terms of layout as well as maintenance in India. It was not built by any Mughal emperor; it was constructed by the British. As the architecture was based on the typical style of Mughal garden, the garden is called as "Mughal Gardens".

Whatever be the benefits and perks that the President of India get might not match the opportunity to contributing and maintaining this extraordinarily beautiful garden. The public are not lucky enough; they can merely have a quick glance at the gardens after waiting in the long queue. :-)

The gardens remain open to public in February every year for about less than a month (during the spring season in Delhi). The garden incorporates not only Mughal style but also English landscaping style. You can find different varieties of flowers in the gardens, which you cannot normally see anywhere else.

The main garden is divided into a grid of squares and six lotus shaped fountains are located in the garden. There are two longitudinal strips of garden at a higher level on either side of the main garden, which are called as terrace gardens. There is a long garden on the west side of the main garden called as Purdha garden. It ends at the circular garden. It is predominantly a rose garden. All varieties of beautiful rose flowers are found in this garden. The walls of the gardens are covered with different types of creepers. Around the circular garden, there are some nurseries located.

If you stay in Delhi during the spring season, do not miss Mughal Gardens. You will get an opportunity to see varieties of flowers in one place, some of them which you would have seen only in pictures and some of them which you wouldn't even heard of.

Happy travelling.


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