New Delhi- How much could I explore in a day:)
Ever wondered why this place was referred as the Mughal Capital in older times.'Coz this had the grandeur and noble 'knight' like aura around its monuments.
And I thought of exploring this Mughal Capital on one of the modern, grand and majestic modes of transport-The Delhi Metro. During Common-Wealth Games in 2010, the Delhi government also started 'HOHO' bus survices (www.hohodelhi.com) but I still find Metro very convenient and safe to travel. Not to mention it feels quicker as well going by Delhi traffic & chaos;)
So Metro it is! and my first stop was the 'Metro Museum' at Patel Chowk Metro Station. This museum tells you everything that you want to know about Delhi Metro. Right from its constructive phase to the interesting network of places that it connects in Delhi. And yes! the souvenir shop here sells postcards too:) The rest of my sightseeing for most of the Delhi was on metro only. Tourists coming to Delhi can know more about 'Metro Tourist cards' from here- www.delhimetrorail.com
|Travelling is definitely easier now !|
My next halt was at 'National Philatelic Museum' which is nearby the Patel Chowk metro station.
NPM has an all ranging stamp collection that has been maintained very neatly by the Indian Postal Department. This includes the first stamp issued in India by the Sindh Dak in the year 1854. I was amazed by the vast collection of stamps kept there that were issued since 1947.
|This one is one of my favourites|
There were stamps depicting our culture, heritage,personalities, related to fields of art,science & technology and many more.
|National Philatelic Museum,Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,New Delhi|
Collector's packs are also available at a reasonable rate for collectors to buy. Although, I preferred buying loose mint stamps from the post office nearby.This way I had an assorted collection to send to my postcrossing friends:)
NPM quickly visited, so I again hopped on to the Metro and took the violet line going to Khan Market. Yes! my next stop was Lodhi Garden (near by Khan Market) and then a quick bite of some French patisserie at L'opera boulangerie in Khan Market :) then finally head for home.
Lodhi Garden- This is where you may want to easily escape the city noise and let it wrap its greenery all around you!! yes, I would definitely recommend you to spend half a day here admiring nature or just simply observing people around. If you love visiting parks then its absolutely a 'not to be missed'.
|Muhammad Shah Sayyid's Tomb- He belonged to the Sayyid dynasty. It has some distinctive features of its time-an octagonal plan,corner buttresses, decorative plaster finish,corbelled doorways and chhatris(pavilions on the roof)|
|Named Lady Wilington park in 1936 when it was designed into a artificial garden. But it is still famous as "Lodhi Garden"|
Lodhi Garden has pleasant, peace & quiet grounds with some history(monuments) nestled in the middle of the city chaos.The monuments are a rich variety of architectural style ranging from Sayyid to Lodhi to Mughals. When here for a walk I can't resist my self from observing families relaxing, playing games & enjoying the company of their loved ones. A feeling of contentment kinda grips you as soon as you enter the park.
|I love the colours on the clouds in the background|
The sound of Ducks squawking, fountains in the small water-body near the bridge, all makes it perfect for you to enjoy the vista on any given day.
Interestingly, it is a hotspot for VIP joggers/walkers of Delhi. While enjoying your brisk walk here, you may stumble upon a famous cinema or tv personality, politician, writer,photographer... Lemme know whom you run into next time when you are here;)
|Brisk Walk in the greens,In & Out of the monuments :)|
|Tried to capture 'Shish Gumbad' while standing inside the 'Bara Gumbad' Mosque.|
|I couldn't resist my self from taking the picture of this lady who was admiring the large tree from the 'Bara Gumbad' Mosque.|
The garden looks more beautiful in the months of February & March, Spring time in delhi. It's a haven for many variety of birds. Khan Market is very close to the park and is worth a visit.I stay nearby only, so I have enjoyed many visits to both the places on weekends and in evenings. There are many cafe/ eating joints and designer studios to indulge you in dining & shopping.
Sometimes,when I think of it I feel lucky to be staying nearby:)
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