BootsnAll Travel Network

April 7-8: Delhi


India Gate – built by the British – it is down from this gate and through the “concourse” where the funeral march scene in the movie Ghandi took place.  

Delhi:  “encapsulates two different worlds, the old and the new”.  The Old Delhi served as the capital of Islamic India, while New Delhi was built as the imperial capital of India by the British.  Delhi has not always been the capital.  During the British rule, Calcutta was, but due to the championing of independence by the West Bengal people, the British moved the capital to Delhi.  There have actually been eight cities founded in and around Delhi, starting back as early as 2500 years ago.  Different rulers throughout its history have imposed either Hindu or Islamic rule.

Most of the backpacker hotels are in Old Delhi, where we stayed.  Our stay was only basically one day.  We had planned for more, but the day we arrived, we spent most of the afternoon trying to figure out our “India stay”.  The kids didn’t mind it because they just crashed in the room.  Kolkatta and Veranasi had wiped them out.  Looking back we should have stayed two nights in Delhi, rather than get up see the sights and move on to Agra. Hindsight is always easier.

Our plans for India had now changed to doing just the “Golden Triangle” trip, which is your typical tourist trip of Delhi: the Red Fort, National Mosque, Tombs, bazaars; Agra: the Fort and the Taj Mahal; and Jaipur:  in the state of Rajasthan and known for its palaces and forts.  We cancelled out south India, and knew we wanted to finish with the Himalayas and cooler weather. 

To accomplish this “triangle” tour, we had two options:  try and figure it out as we go (ie train, hotel, etc), or a more popular option is to hire a car/driver.  We opted for this to make it easier on all of us the car takes you to the sites, you get back in and move to the next one – no hassles, no touts. Looking back, this is the biggest advantage; however, train rides are a much more comfortable way to travel in India, once you have gotten through the ticket purchasing and finding your way through the crowds and which track to end up on.  The downside of car travel was the incessant honking of vehicles as you travel.  The roads are better than they were 30 years ago, and sometimes now include 4 lanes, therefore, making one feel safer.  Another advantage of taking the car was you got to see the country side and way of life as you traveled.  It was usually a 5 hour drive between cities.

Jama Majid:  built by Shah Jahan (same ruler that built the Taj Mahal).  Construction began in 1644 and was completed 14 years later.   It is made from red sandstone and marble.  The courtyard can hold a mind blowing 25,000 people. We really enjoyed climbing to the top of the minarets, where you could look out over the whole city. It made all the honking and traffic and crowds below you look like you were watching a movie, even though you knew you had to jump back into it in a little while. It was interesting too, to see all the security in place to get into the mosque – scanners, no bags, etc.  We had to “dress” down for the event.


We climbed up the minaret – great views of city from above – incredible craftsmanship of tower and mosque.


You will notice the Red Fort in the background


Red Fort:  built again by Shah Jahan when he wanted to move his capital from Agra to Delhi.  Construction was completed in 1648.  It was built for a grandiose display of pomp and power (parading on an elephant through the gates to the city).  Shah Jahan was one of the last great Moghul rulers.  He never completely saw the capital move to Delhi, because his son overthrew and imprisoned him (nice son!?).  Over the centuries it has been occupied by different powers including the British and Indian armies.  Many military buildings now stand on the premises and the Indian army still has a post here. It is a little more run down than I would have thought being a major piece of architecture and Indian history. 


The moat that surrounds the fort – had tunnels dug to bring water in from the river


Tight security – nice to know an AK 47 is facing you when you walk in.


The royal meeting area where the king met the “people”.


Kings residence – where the “Peacok Throne” was until Iran stole it and where the Shah of Iran  used to use it during his reign.  The throne still resides in Iran.  The following slides show the intricate marble carvings with inlaid stone and precious jems were.  Between the different “residence places” they have a water way that goes under the residences to allow for “cooling” effect (like evaporative cooling) – very ingenious


All Marble – incredible carvings – grate work


Where precious stones were cut out and stolen


Humayan’s Tomb:    World Heritage Sight – another example of incredible Moghul architecture built in the 16th century by the wife of the second Moghul emperor Humayan.  Both she and her husband and other tombs are on the grounds.  Ten years ago this was a run-down tourist site.  Thanks to the Agha Khan Foundation sponsorship and money and it being declared a World Heritage site,  the restoration is incredible and magnificent.  


It always amazes me the grill work from either red sandtone or marble that is done – always one piece of marble – to carve the openings without making a mistake or breaking the marble


The six sided star intrigued me in Muslim architecture


Koranic sayings carved in marble.  The tomb is made from red sandstone.  Black marble is also inlaid with Koranic sayings etc.


Old Delhi shot from the minaret – New Delhi and all its modern structures and freeways looks like any other big city.


Maybe the problem with all the horn blowing is that all the trucks and taxi’s have this saying on the back of their vehicles.  It is basically to let you know that I am on your tail and want to pass you.  This is because no one follows any rules of the road – or so as it  seems.  After the sights, we hopped in the car for our drive to Agra. 


Interesting site – a Hindu temple but it seems to have Islamic architecture.



29,128 responses to “April 7-8: Delhi”

  1. Haujnv says:

    purchase alfuzosin without prescription medication for cramping stomach otc does pancreatitis cause stomach pain

  2. JamesAlbup says: cheapest doxycycline uk

  3. Hi there, I enjoy reading all of your article post.
    I like to write a little comment to support you.

  4. Heya i am for the first time here. I came across this board and I find It really useful & it helped me out a lot.
    I hope to give something back and aid others like you helped me.

  5. ScottEnulk says:

    buy lisinopril 40 mg tablet: Buy Lisinopril 20 mg online – lisinopril 40 mg daily

  6. blog post from

    April 7-8: Delhi » TravelBlog Archive » Tahoe Johnson’s Journey to Southeast Asia

  7. FalconKet says:

    Effectively spoken genuinely! .
    1win ставки онлайн 1win зеркало вход как в 1win использовать бонусы казино

  8. Julietkap says:

    Прошу прощения, что вмешался… Я разбираюсь в этом вопросе. Давайте обсудим.
    Минимум работы и минимум проблем! Многие относятся к этому документу равно как к неизбежному злу они образуют «отписку», выполняют его, мягко выражаясь, некорректно.

  9. JamesAlbup says: doxycycline 100 mg cap

  10. CharlesVow says:

    price doxycycline Buy Doxycycline for acne 22 doxycycline

  11. VernonJoist says:

    buy generic ciprofloxacin: Buy ciprofloxacin 500 mg online – ciprofloxacin

  12. ScottEnulk says:

    buy cheap amoxicillin online: amoxil for sale – order amoxicillin online uk

  13. Malindabaith says:

    You’ve made your point!
    1win на телефон скачать 1win на телефон официальный сайт

  14. Mbbflk says:

    purchase femara for sale albendazole cheap aripiprazole 20mg ca

  15. Wow, marvelous weblog format! How lengthy have you ever been blogging
    for? you made blogging glance easy. The total glance of your site is magnificent, let alone the content!

  16. FalconKet says:

    With thanks. Numerous info.
    1win скачать мобильная версия авиатор 1win скачать 1win bet app

  17. JamesAlbup says: amoxicillin 500 mg

  18. Fmzcxk says:

    strongest natural sleeping pills meds causing hair loss weight loss pills prescription

  19. Wulair says:

    strongest sleeping pills over counter diet pills online prescription mayo clinic diet login

  20. CharlesVow says:

    zestoretic 20 25mg Buy Lisinopril 20 mg online buy lisinopril 20 mg without prescription

  21. FalconKet says:

    Valuable posts. Kudos!
    1win invest отзывы lucky jet best big win strategy lucky jet lucky jet 1win 1win официальный сайт приложение

  22. FalconKet says:

    With thanks, Plenty of content!
    бк 1win скачать 1win casino 1win вывод средств

  23. ScottEnulk says:

    zithromax cost canada: buy zithromax canada – zithromax 250

  24. I am really impressed together with your writing talents and also with the format to your blog.

    Is this a paid theme or did you customize
    it yourself? Either way stay up the nice
    quality writing, it is rare to look a great blog like this one today..

  25. VernonJoist says:

    where can i buy amoxicillin over the counter uk: buy amoxil – order amoxicillin online uk

  26. JamesAlbup says: prescription for amoxicillin

  27. Ajdbyj says:

    buy provera 10mg pill generic hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg buy microzide no prescription

  28. leci123 says:

    If you wish for to improve your experience just keep visiting this
    web page and be updated with the newest gossip posted here.

  29. FalconKet says:

    Seriously a lot of amazing tips.
    rocket x 1win 1win букмекерская скачать на андроид скачать казино 1win

  30. BridgettSof says:

    Many thanks, Plenty of material.
    1win run ваучеры 1win 2023

  31. Danielesomb says:

    mexican drugstore online best online pharmacy buying from online mexican pharmacy

  32. RobertRable says:

    canadian pharmacy in canada: canada pharmacy online – best canadian online pharmacy

  33. FalconKet says:

    Incredible many of valuable material.
    1win app store 1win букмекерская скачать на андроид 1win букмекерская контора зеркало рабочая на сегодня

  34. JamesAmouh says: top 10 pharmacies in india

  35. Richardzep says:

    indian pharmacy: top 10 online pharmacy in india – buy prescription drugs from india

  36. RobertRable says:

    online pharmacy without precriptions: order medication online – canadain pharmacy no prescription

  37. BVZ_Moskva_s says:

    Скорозагружаемые здания: коммерческий результат в каждой детали!
    В современной реальности, где секунды – доллары, быстровозводимые здания стали реальным спасением для коммерческой деятельности. Эти новейшие строения включают в себя надежность, экономичность и скорость монтажа, что сделало их отличным выбором для разнообразных коммерческих задач.
    Быстровозводимые здания
    1. Молниеносное строительство: Секунды – определяющие финансовые ресурсы в экономике, и скоростроительные конструкции позволяют существенно уменьшить временные рамки строительства. Это особенно выгодно в случаях, когда важно быстро начать вести бизнес и начать зарабатывать.
    2. Экономичность: За счет оптимизации производства и установки элементов на месте, расходы на скоростройки часто оказывается ниже, по отношению к традиционным строительным проектам. Это способствует сбережению денежных ресурсов и получить лучшую инвестиционную отдачу.
    Подробнее на
    В заключение, экспресс-конструкции – это первоклассное решение для коммерческих инициатив. Они включают в себя эффективное строительство, финансовую выгоду и надежные характеристики, что придает им способность превосходным выбором для фирм, стремящихся оперативно начать предпринимательскую деятельность и выручать прибыль. Не упустите возможность сократить издержки и сэкономить время, прекрасно себя показавшие быстровозводимые сооружения для вашего предстоящего предприятия!

  38. Great post. I was checking continuously this blog and I am inspired!
    Extremely useful info specifically the ultimate section 🙂 I
    handle such information much. I used to be seeking this particular info for a
    long time. Thank you and good luck.

  39. FalconKet says:

    Seriously a lot of superb tips.
    1win казино бонус 1win официальный 1win yukle

  40. Pvkvre says:

    medroxyprogesterone pill purchase hydrochlorothiazide generic hydrochlorothiazide drug

  41. FalconKet says:

    Position nicely applied!.
    1win приложение андроид 1win бездепозитный бонус 1win india

  42. Mkwnzl says:

    prescription pills to quit smoking best pain reliever for arthritis buy painkillers cash on delivery

  43. GrizelBED says:

    Amazing loads of awesome advice.
    1win скачать на телефон андроид бесплатно 1win 2023

  44. Lzfllj says:

    pills to quit smoking cigarettes buy smoking cessation prescription medication powerful painkillers list

  45. Richardzep says:

    mexican pharmaceuticals online: buying prescription drugs in mexico – mexican rx online

  46. Danielesomb says:

    reputable mexican pharmacies online mexican drugstore online best online pharmacies in mexico

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *