The Final Chapter of the trilogy, thus begins.
Delhi, the city with a heart has been featured, loved and adored with artists of all types of media. Whether it is Journalism or Film making, it is song writing or singing it, whether it is blog writing or writing professionally; most of the artists have had a love tryst with the city and continue to do so. But people from other places wonder why? People new to this city cry, what is the hue and cry about this city? It is only after you have lived in the city long enough that you feel its love swallowing you complete. That you feel yourself falling for a city which you didn’t understand just some time ago. Let’s try and comprehend the city and why you will love it!!
The modern symphony:
Delhi is one of the oldest inhabited city, no doubt. But this does not make the city ageing. The city with the evolution of time has grown dynamically. And the goading sign of the city’s modern outlook that appeals to people is its dense Metro network. The Delhi Metro is one of the longest fully functional Rapid Transport System in the world. The Metro system augments the Delhi suburban rail system and the fleet of Delhi Transport Corporation bus system. This requirement of today was just a dream in the pipelines a decade ago. The Delhi Metro has been a pioneer in harbouring in a new era of mass urban transportation in India. The swanky Metro system brought about a comfortable, air conditioned and eco-friendly services for the first time in India and completely revolutionized the mass transportation scenario in Delhi. Besides carrying millions of people every day, the Metro also reduced the pollution levels in the city by 6.3 lakh tons every year since its inception. The DMRC is enroute to adding another 140 kilometres to its already labyrinthine 193 kilometres. So, anywhere you see the Delhi Metro, it gives you the special feel of living in a New York styled Metropolitan with a quick and accessible Transportation System.
One of the landmarks of the city, showcased in every Delhi based movie is the magnanimous India Gate. The India was originally called the All-India War memorial and is a memorial located just besides the Rajpath. India Gate was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and is a magnificent piece of architecture often drawing comparisons with the Arch of Constantine and Arc de Triomphe in Paris. This memorable landmark was built to commemorate the thousands of Indian soldiers who have died in wars outside and inside the country. This arch shaped marvel has the names of some 13,300 servicemen inscribed on its body, eternally commemorating them. After the Bangladesh liberation war in 1971 a black marble plinth like structure was erected underneath the great arch of India Gate. This plinth is surrounded by four flames and is covered with an army man’s helmet. This structure is called the Amar Jawan Jyoti or the Flame of the Immortal Soldier.
But besides the historic reference, India Gate today is one of the hot spots for picnic for the modern nuclear family. India Gate, is surrounded by many Ice-Cream vendors and balloon sellers which make it worthwhile for the kids to hang around the place. For the elders in the family, the lawns of India Gate serve as a detoxifying day out, away from all their routine tensions and monotonous schedules of their work life. A day out at the India Gate is counted as a well spent day with your family and is a must for any new visitor in town.
The Red Fort:
Red fort was constructed when Shah Jahan decided to shift his capital from Agra to red Fort. The great Red ‘Bindi’ on Delhi’s construction started in 1639. And it took a whopping 8 years for it to complete. Initially its name was Qila-i-Mubarak and it was Delhi’s first fort. A magnificent one at that. It had 2 km long running walls whose main was to keep intruders out, but the mighty walls had to kneel down before the Sikhs and the British. The entire architecture is made from huge blocks of red sandstone. For the visitors of the town, there is a hour long light and music show every evening there which showcases the fort’s history. And since it is nearby chandni Chowk, you will be killing two birds with one stone, so go visit it as soon as you can.
The qutub Minar has a speculative history at best. It was constructed in 1206 by Qutub-ud-din Aibak of the slave dynasty and is currently the tallest brick minaret in India. Some say that it was constructed as a sign of victory of the slave dynasty over India . whereas others say that it was merely constructed for the people so that they can be called for prayer. The brick minaret has five storeys and is 72.5m tall. People often flog the monument to get a moment or two of peace amidst their extremely busy schedules.
The mausoleum constructed in the year 1656 in the heart of delhi is the largest mosque of the country. The lawns of the mosque can hold upto 25000 devotees at one time. Being in the vicinity of heavily crowded areas of chandni chowk and chawri bazaar, Jama Masjid has become quite a landmark in its own regard. On the different occasions of Eid, the muslim community often fills the mosque upto its brim. Before visiting it make shure that you cover your head, legs and bare hands.
Thus this concludes our little round up of things, food and places that make Delhi what it is and quite possibly the reason as to why people love it and other metropolitan cities don’t. the country’s love towards is unfathomable and once you visit and stay there for a period of time, it colors you in its own ink. Forever.