Memoirs of Rangoli ... (p16) - India Gate
New Delhi, India
the bus as the day before, unable to pick us up at the entrance of the alley that led to our hotel. the traffic in old delhi did not permit it to do so. we had to drag our luggage towards the junction, where the bus was expected to pick us up. luckily the hotel staff was kind enough to help.
we waited for a while at the junction of the street. obviously, we became a sight to look, for the crowd that passed us. it was about 4pm already, if i've not mistaken and i was wondering, whether we'd have enough time to wander/visit any of New Delhi's attraction. the red fort was actually just next to the busy Chadni Chowk, but Syib didn't speak anything about it, and to my surprise it wasn't in the group itinerary. perhaps, as the name 'rarecation' goes, the plan was to visit a rare place in new delhi, off the tourist's common path, like in the morning.
we heard a loud honk, and obviously, it was for us. the bus finally arrived. Manooj was no longer our tourist guide for the day, we had other guy, which i forgot his name. let us call him, Dev.
we had to wait for a while, after loading all of our stuff into the bus. some of the boys went for quick shopping, and hadn't back yet. while waiting, Dev introduced himself, and told us that there were plenty of place he could take us for the afternoon. i heard he mentioned the India Gate, and Qutb Minar, but as we started to leave Chadni Chowk, i got the feeling, within 2 hours before the sun down, we would only be able to visit one of the places.
it was the India Gate, as the Qutb Minar would be beyond our reach with the heavy traffic of old delhi. it'd be closed around 5pm, if i've not mistaken. hence, our route led us to the India Gate.
The India Gate, (originally called the All India War Memorial), is a war memorial located astride the Rajpath, on the eastern edge of the ‘ceremonial axis’ of New Delhi, formerly called Kingsway. India gate is a memorial to 82,000 soldiers of the undivided Indian Army who died in the period 1914–21 in the First World War, in France, Flanders, Mesopotamia, Persia, East Africa, Gallipoli and elsewhere in the Near and the Far East, and the Third Anglo-Afghan War. 13,300 servicemen's names, including some soldiers and officers from the United Kingdom, are inscribed on the gate. The India Gate, even though a war memorial, evokes the architectural style of the triumphal arch like the Arch of Constantine, outside the Colosseum in Rome, and is often compared to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, and the Gateway of India in Mumbai. It was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.
well..the last part was obvious. i mean, it reminds me the Arc de Triomphe of Paris. anyway, i was too mistakenly thought that it was the same as the Gate of India, that i saw in the movie 'Mann' , but then that was in Mumbai. hehehe. there was no entrance fee to the place. it was basically a monument, with big park surrounding it.
we were there till the sunset. taking our time to wander around, and memo-graphing the monument from every angle possible, as well as the crowd, which was mainly locals. once the sun set, we walked back to our bus, and left the place. Dev told the driver to drive around the road adjacent, so that we could see the president palace, closer. it was almost dark already, and i didn't take any picture. in fact, we were moving, hence any picture that i tried to take, wouldn't be that good.we left New Delhi, and bid farewell to Dev as he wouldn't be joining us for the next part of the trip.
we made a stop at one of the restaurant in the middle of Delhi for our dinner and then began our long ride to Jaipur.