Bahai Temple, the Other Name of Delhi’s Lotus Temple

Popularly known as the Lotus Temple, the Bahai Temple is an elegant creation and a symbol of modern day architecture located in the heart of New Delhi, Nehru Place. It has become the landmark of the city and tourists from every part of the world, who comes to Delhi, make sure to visit the Lotus Temple. Shaped in the form of a full blown lotus flower, the temple invites people from every religion and every race to enter its doors and worship the creator of the universe.

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The temple had been designed in 1986 by an Iranian architect named Fariborz Sahba. It is a new addition to the already existing historical monuments in Delhi. Keeping in mind, the freedom of religion, the building has been designed in the form of a lotus which is common to regions like Hinduism and Buddhism. It is also considered to be one of the wonders of the 20th century whose unique design and picturesque environment has attracted thousands of travelers from all over the world. The temple represents equality of religion, unity and harmony amongst humanity and eradication of prejudices from the world. Though it has been constructed by the Bahai community, it is open to people of all religion, community, color and ethnicity. The temple does not have any idols, but only a huge prayer hall for meditation. The prayer hall can hold up to a maximum of 3000 people at a time and it also organizes prayer sessions on teachings from all religions. The surface of the temple is made of white marble and is dotted with several ponds and lush green gardens that add to the beauty of the surrounding.

Whoever pays a visit to the Bahai Temple gets a complete feel of peace, solitude and happiness. It is a perfect destination in Delhi where one can drive away all his worries and relax amidst a sheer calm surrounding.

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Journey from Delhi to Goa – Story of History to Sea

Beaches in Goa form a complete package of azure sea, golden sand and adventure activities. While Delhi is a complete amalgamation of old and new India, rising tall towers and old stagnant historical monuments. A trip to India lets you cross all boundaries and explore a country where manmade wonders synchronize with nature’s creation to produce unparallel beauty of the world.

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If you are a heavy pocket traveler or even a budget friendly one, experience full of the very best India offers. Though there is no similarity between Delhi and Goa- as one boasts of Mughal Dynasty, the other reflects the left behinds of Portuguese rulers, still their individual beauty captures the visitor’s eye and leave him awestruck.

On your arrival to Delhi, you will come across extended flyovers, clean roads and plantations all around. Almost in every corner of the city, be it Old Delhi or New Delhi, there is a historical monument to stop you. Some of the popular sites in Old Delhi are Jama Masjid, Red Fort and Mahatma Gandhi Memorial which witness thousands of local and international visitors every day. Then there is the age old Chandni Chowk Market which is the home to famous street food joints, garments and electrical appliances stores and lots more. It is here where you pay less and get more. Take a cycle rickshaw ride and explore the thin Old Delhi lanes to get a flavor of historical India.

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On the other hand New Delhi draws the picture of high rise buildings, shopping malls, wide roads and western culture. But it too does not forget its strong roots. Within its very territory, lies the historical Qutub Minar and Humayun’s Tomb. Thousands of people come here every day to enrich themselves with the saga and culture of ancient India. The India Gate and Lotus Temple are places where you can spend some leisure moments without walking much and sitting doing nothing. But, this is just a start to your journey of exploring India. Your trip to this vast subcontinent can’t be completed without some fun and thrill punctuated in it.

Before you go back to your native land, I take you to one of the thrilling, happening and mesmerizing destinations of India- Goa. Sun kissed beaches, golden sand stretches, enormous water sports, beach parties, azure sea and an array of churches is what Goa is made up of. Either you relax on the beach with a glass of Fenni (a local drink) or dive into adventure acts to get a thrilling experience. You can even tap your feet to the music in beach parties and again laze around walking across the sea shores. Tito’s, Sinq Beach Club, Hill Top and Club Mambo are some of the famous night clubs that brings out the party hopper from you. A trip to Goa remains incomplete without tasting some succulent crabs and spicy lobsters. Dine on authentic Goan cuisines to relish the flavor of this beautiful land forever. The pristine beaches and rising waves of Baga, Palolem, Colva, Calangute, Miramar and Anjuna will shower upon you the ethereal beauty of nature. The clean surrounding and fresh air of Goa is a perfect means of rejuvenation for all travelers. Pay a visit here and take back with you lots of amazing memories of India tour. And don’t forget to plan your next visit. I will take you to some more exciting destinations then.

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Unveiling The two World heritage sites of Delhi

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A city of many contradictions and complexities, Delhi is the capital of India known as the land of snake charmers and magicians. The mystery of this incredible land is reflected by Delhi where past coexists with its present. Many dynasties have been known to rule this city which can easily be witnessed through the number of historical monuments found here. Rich in its architectural as well as cultural aspect, Delhi narrates the history of India. It is believed to destroyed and rebuilt seven times in the past. It has been a witness to a series of important events in India’s chapter which has changed not only the city but the entire nation. Due to its historical importance, Delhi is also a popular tourist destination and dotted with marvelous monuments which attracts many world travelers. The city is home to three UNESCO world heritage sites that you must visit during your Delhi tour.

Qutub Minar

The highest tower in India and the highest brick tower in the world, the foundation of Qutub Minar was laid by Qutub-ud-din Aibak. It served the nearby mosque and was used by muezzin to call people for prayers. The three storeys of the tower was built by his successor and son-in-law Shams-ud-din Iltutmish. All the storeys are surrounded by balcony and decorated by the honey-comb design. Quranic inscriptions can be seen in the structure and the mosque of Quwatul Isla is located next to the minaret. The mosque was also constructed by Qutub-ud-din Aibak by using the materials of the 20 temples. The Complex is built upon Lal Kot, the first city of Delhi ruled first by Tomar Rajputs and later Prithviraj Chauhan who was then defeated by Ghauri in the 2nd Battle of Panipat. Iron Pillar, Ala’i-Darwaza and Ala’i Minar are the main tourist attractions of the Qutub Minar complex.

Humayun’s Tomb

The first substantial Mughal architecture in India, it was built by the wife of Mughal emperor Humayun, Bega Begam after his death. One of its kind at that time, this garden tomb is believed to have inspired the architecture of Taj Mahal. Humayun’s tomb was the first structure built in the era of Akbar. Located on the banks of River Yamuna, the tomb is at a close proximity of Nizamuddin dargah. The tomb is surrounded by a garden with pools joined by channels. There are two gates, one in the south and another in west. The mausoleum is situated on the terraced platform with small arched cells in the sides. Humayun tomb, a UNESCO world heritage site, is the very first in the long series of dynastic tombs in India.

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