Posted by: Mary | August 16, 2012

First Day in Delhi

Originally published on my private blog on March 15, 2010.

Humayan’s Tomb in Delhi

Our guide for the day was M’s colleague, “D”, who lived in Delhi before moving to Chennai for work. He flew back to Delhi to show us around for a few days and accompany us to Agra. Our first stop in Delhi was Humayun’s Tomb, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built in 1570 and was an inspiration for the Taj Mahal.  The complex includes both Emperor Humayan’s tomb and a mosque, and the architecture was amazing. The buildings are made from red sandstone with white marble inlay work which had such intricate detail…like everything we saw in India.

Red Fort in Delhi

Our next stop was the Red Fort Complex. Here, we had a short line for foreigner tickets at a significantly higher price, but a long wait for D to get his ticket. It was nice to see that the cost of tickets for these World Heritage sights were so much more inexpensive for the people who live in India so that they are able to enjoy them. If they had to pay the prices we paid (which are equivalent to the prices we would pay at home), they would be out of reach for so many of the people.

While at the Fort, M and I discovered that we were a bit of an attraction or curiosity for some of the locals when a group of school girls asked if they could take turns taking photos with the two of us. Interestingly, they waited until D had gone to the restroom. We think they may have been too embarrassed to ask in front of a “local”.

Ghandi’s Memorial in Delhi

During the rest of the afternoon, we had a wonderful lunch of regional food (every meal we had while in India was excellent!) and then headed out to see Ghandi’s memorial site. We called it an early evening and had dinner back at our bed and breakfast since we had an early morning planned the next day – the Taj Mahal!

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