Travel in Mexico to the land of the Maya

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Mexico embodies a spicy and fiery passion for la vida, a bit as her chiles, jalapeños and tequila. This spirit is found everywhere, in art, music, history and culture, but also in the way Mexicans enjoy a sense of everyday life. Being contaminated by their wonderful way of being and to discover the attractions of the country is an experience not to be missed, one of those that cannot be missed in the list of winners of globetrotters.

It's difficult to decide to book a trip to Mexico and then not be fascinated, with an amazing feeling and a unique experience that is hard to describe. Yes we are talking about the places, the wonderful sunny beaches, the warm friendly people as also of the cultural wealth and the well known historical aura surrounding this land is to be discovered.

We are of course referring to the Maya and the Aztecs, two populations that have really left their mark permanently in our human history. For completeness sake we will say that the first inhabitants of Me…

New Delhi: Journey through the Flavours of India

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Do not let your first impressions of Delhi remain stuck in your mind as a sacred cow in the middle of traffic. Go beyond the facade to discover the inherent peace of a city rich in culture, architecture and human diversity, rooted in history and completely a must for those who enjoy the pleasures of life.

Delhi is located at the western end of the Gangetic plains. It is bordered to the east by the state of Uttar Pradesh and the rest with the state of Haryana. Those who visit Delhi has the unique opportunity to see two cities for the price of one. The old Delhi, which from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century was capital of Islamic India, boasts a wealth of formidable mosques, monuments and forts. It is a lively area of ??colorful bazaars, narrow streets and uncontrollable chaos with the most famous being the Chandni Chowk.

New Delhi, the imperial city created by the British Raj is composed of spacious, tree-lined avenues and imposing government buildings, and has a sense of order absent in other parts of the city. The heart of New Delhi is Connaught Place, where you'll find most of the airline offices, travel agencies and banks. Near Connaught Place there are several movie theaters and entertainment centres.

Delhi Restaurants

Among Indian food Idlis and Sambar is a tasty Indian steamed cake made with a batter of fermented black lentils and rice, and usually served with sambar, which is a vegetable stew. This is one of the most famous South Indian dishes. The Mughlai is an elaborate main dishes buffet with a wide assortment of side dishes. Naan are soft slices of bread. Aloo Paratha is an Indian flat bread made from whole wheat stuffed with potatoes and various other fillings, the favorite dish of Punjabis. The murgh makhani or chicken curry is one of the famous Indian chicken dishes. Kolhapuri Chicken is spicy. You can also opt for a chicken tandoori, a roast chicken, whose red-orange color comes from spices like turmeric, cayenne pepper, chili powder and paprika.

The Chana masala is a vegetarian dish of small chickpeas stewed in a mixture of chopped tomatoes, onions and spices including garlic, chilli and garam masala, a mixture of cones curry pepper, cloves, cinnamon, cumin and cardamom. For dessert, try the Gulab Jamun and kheer. The first are fried dough balls covered with a glaze of syrup with rose water, while the kheer is a rice pudding dessert.

Moti Mahal located in the old part of Delhi, Moti Mahal is an outdoor venue that every night is accompanied by qawwali (religious songs). The restaurant is appreciated especially for tandoori dishes.

Orient Express is a stylish bar and a fine restaurant with a menu inspired to travel the Orient Express. In an environment that echoes the Imperial period covered by a modern design, order a martini, sit at the bar and let the notes of the piano will fill of magic.

Gaylord is one of the most elegant restaurants in the area, with large mirrors and chandeliers and a menu of Italian specialties delicious but expensive. If you usually take care of the costs, the quality of the ingredients deserves an exception to the rule.

Parikrama Revolving Restaurant unlike many panoramic restaurants, the beauty of the views often serves to mask a kitchen of second grade, where it's all delicious and top quality, though expensive. To make a full panoramic tour it will takes 90 minutes, enough to enjoy a good three course meal. Not advisable to go there in the evening, when all that you can see is your own reflection in the glass of the window.

The Kwality Restaurant serves Indian and Continental cuisine. The Jhinga (prawns) tandoori are its specialty, but is also great the shahi paneer (unfermented cheese chunks immersed in a creamy tomato sauce) along with the exquisite crème caramel.

At Hotel Imperial, the Patiala Peg offers an intimate atmosphere where you can recuperate after the raids in the near Janpath Market. For an immediate resumption order a 'Misty Green' (vodka, white wine, mint cream and lemonade).

If you want to try the south Indian delicacies of inexpensive and good quality, there is no better place than the Andhra Bhavan. Located in the heart of New Delhi, it is known throughout the city just for its cheap food and is without doubt deserving of a queue.

Delhi Shopping

In Delhi silk is cheap and is often of excellent quality, a perfect combination to convince you to buy the sari you have always dreamed. The Handloom House is the place to start your search. Remember that a sari should be 5.5 m long (without the short blouse worn under) and become quite heavy when held in hand.

Fab India has an assortment of dresses in pure cotton first quality at reasonable prices, which supports the sale of fabrics and furniture. The fabrics are almost all made by hand by local artisans.

Ansal Plaza is a modern shopping center near Khelgaon Marg. The Ansal Plaza caters to blatantly wealthy class of Delhi, with shops selling designer fashion, cosmetics of foreign houses and whatnot. Ideal as a shelter for rainy days.

You can hop over to the Select Citywalk, an elegant mall located in South Delhi in Saket. It is ideal for shopping, dining and shopping. It has a wide selection of well-known brands, in addition to a lot of restaurants and entertainment options, such as a multi-screen cinemas, a fitness center and much more.

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Delhi Points of Interest

Jantar Mantar located a short distance from Connaught Place, this complex of buildings was one of the five observatories of the Maharaja Jai ??Singh II, a native of Jaipur, who ordered its construction in 1725. The building is dominated by a huge sundial, accompanied by a number of other instruments that were used to observe the course of the heavenly bodies and predict eclipses.

Located on Janpath, the National Museum is home to a heterogeneous and interesting collection of Indian bronzes, pottery and wood carvings dating back to the Mauryan (from the second period to the third century BC), findings of the Vijayanagar period in southern India, miniatures and wall paintings, musical instruments, manuscripts, tapestries, costumes of tribal groups and much more.

In many places like the Dilli Haat are held the regional dances spectacle that includes Bharatanatyam, Kathakali and Manipuri. Classic-style ranges to that popular until the tribal dances. Tickets are on sale on the spot and shows begin at 19 o'clock.

For the incurable nostalgic of British empire should go to the Coronation Durbar Site, with by a lone obelisk in a desolate field located in the countryside north of Old Delhi. highlight of this place is a 15 m high statue of George V, which stands alone over the acacia trees. It was placed here after being removed from the central canopy of Rajpath soon after independence.

On the opposite side of the Humayun's Tomb is the shrine dedicated to Nizam-ud-din Chishti, a saint revered by Sufi Muslims who died in 1325 aged 92. The construction of the cistern of Nizam-ud-din caused a dispute between the holy and the builder Tughlaqabad, located to the south of Delhi.

Near Chanakyapuri, Teen Murti Bhavan, the residence of Jawaharlal Nehru, has been transformed into Nehru Memorial Museum & Planetarium. The photo exhibition accompanied by newspaper clippings provide a striking view on the history of the independence movement. The complex also includes a planetarium.

Humayun's Tomb built in the mid-sixteenth century by the wife of the second Mughal emperor Haji Begum and is the most important structure in Mughal India style. The elements that characterize it are found in the Taj Mahal in Agra, of a later period built in white marble and redstone. Humayun's tomb is surrounded by formal gardens and other tombs, including that of Isa Khan, the architect of the Taj Mahal.

Jama Masjid, the grand mosque of Old Delhi is the largest in India, with a yard that can hold up to 25,000 faithfuls. Built in 1644, it was the latest in a series of architectural works commissioned by Shah Jahan, the Mughal emperor who also designed the building of the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort. This beautiful mosque has three doors, four towers and two minarets 40 meters high built with red sandstone and white marble and pleasantly alternating vertical stripes. Visitors can climb to the top of the minaret to the south for a spectacular view of Old Delhi, and then visit the large central pool used for washing before prayers. Visitors must remove their shoes and be properly dressed before entering in the entrance and non-Muslims are not allowed during prayers.

Qutub Minar, the tallest minaret in the country was completed in the 12th century. This tower is more than 70 meters, equal to 5 floors, and is covered with intricate carvings that characterize the history of Qutub with inscriptions from the Koran. The complex also includes Quwwat-ul-Islam Masjid, a mosque at the base of the tower, various tombs and an ancient iron pillar from 2000 years, Alai Minar.

Lotus Temple, with its nine sides and the magnificent central dome is an architectural masterpiece. Built in white cement and marble, the whole structure looks as delicate as the flower. Coming out from the surrounding nine pools of water, it almost seems as if it could blossom into flower at any moment. Built in 1986, the temple has already attracted more than 80 million visitors, making it one of the most visited attractions in the world.


India Gate is an imposing arch that resembles the famous Arc de Triomphe in Paris. It is a magnificent stone arch built as a memorial to Indian soldiers killed in the World War I. An eternal flame burns under the facade, and its walls bear the names of more than 90,000 soldiers who have died in the conflict. The structure dominates the surrounding park and its fountains, an area occupied by crowds of tourists and locals to enjoy a picnic or just relax.

Rajpath is the traditional ceremonial avenue in New Delhi lined with trees, grass, and ponds, home to the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official presidential residence (once of the British viceroy), one of the grandest buildings in Delhi, with an eclectic mix of Mughal and European architectural styles, which contains about 340 rooms lavishly decorated. Of particular interest is the Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum, which offers a look inside the building, with interesting exhibits related to the presidents of the past.

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib near Connaught Place is the most important place of Sikh worship of Delhi, built the 18th century. Highlights include the magnificent pool, the Sarovar, in the heart of this large complex with its art gallery, as well as its famous golden dome with flagpole.

Red Fort, was built by Shah Jahan in 1648 and served as the seat of Mughal power until 1857. The beautiful property, with its tall red sandstone walls, covers an area of more than two kilometers, the entirety of which is crescent-shaped and surrounded by a moat. The imposing main entrance, the Lahore Gate, is so named because it faces towards Lahore in Pakistan, while the even bigger Delhi Gate was used by the emperor for ceremonial processions. Entering the Lahore gate, visitors can reach Chhatta Chowk, a 17th century covered bazaar, where elements such as silks, jewels, gemstones and silverware can be purchased, along with souvenirs and food. The Naubat Khana inside the Red Fort, once housed the musicians who played for the emperor, and its beautiful galleries still contain many interesting musical instruments, such as drums, gongs and cymbals.

Akshardham is a Hindu temple, which seems centuries old but was completed in 2007. Decorated with intricate and elaborate carvings, this magnificent building attracts many visitors for its majestic beauty. Of particular note are the 234 pillars decorated in support of its nine domes. Other features of interest include a theater showing a film about the construction of the building, a fun ride in 15 minutes by boat depicting the rich history and the diverse culture of India, and the spectacular laser water show in the Yagnapurush Kund, a large musical fountain which is fantastic when it lits up at night.

National Zoological Park, known for being one of the best in Asia was established in 1959. It provides a habitat for about 1,500 animals and bird species. Of particular note are a number of chimpanzees in the zoo, along with hippos, spider monkeys, zebras, hyenas, deer, jaguars and tigers. Do not miss the complex of reptiles in the basement, which houses a variety of snakes including the deadly cobra.

Delhi Hotels

The areas with the highest concentration of hotels are near Daryaganj and Paharganj, near the Old and New Delhi Railway Station respectively, which are cheaper, Karol Bagh and Janpath, on the southern side of Connaught Place, for budget and medium hotels.

Visa and Customs

All foreign visitors must have a visa to visit India. You must obtain it before arriving in India, which is possible, addressing the Indian Embassy or consulate general. Among the various documents remember that the passport is a must having a validity of at least six months with free pages for affixing the visa. The Indian authorities do not issue visas on arrival at the airport for most countries.

When to go and Climate

Summer in Delhi is not a joke as April temperatures rise inexorably up to reach over 45 ° C in May and June and it does remain warm almost uninterrupted until October as from Rajasthan arrive furious sandstorms called loo. The arrival of the monsoon in late June, results in a high increase in humidity. August and September are characterized by heavy rains that can last the whole day.

The period from November to late March is the best, thanks to a climate rather cold but sunny. This, moreover, is the Holi season, one of the popular festivals of the country. October marks the end of the monsoon, but it's still enjoyable. Nighttime temperature can be quite stiff in December and January.

One of the disadvantages of Delhi is the fact that for six months a year the climate is not the best. For about five months, from November to the end of March, the weather is good, with daytime temperatures between 21 and 30 ° C.

How to get there

Delhi is the center of India's air links with readily available in price ranges international and domestic flights and in different classes and a number of travel agencies that are queuing up to offer you the best rates. The domestic and Indira Gandhi International Airport terminals are both pretty, but is far from the city with the first is 15 km from the center, while the second at 8 km from the first.

The Inter State Bus Terminal at Kashmiri Gate, north of the Old Delhi Railway Station, runs long distance services headed towards Rajasthan and Chandigarh and the hill towns of Himachal Pradesh. From here you can organize long journeys to east across the plains of the Ganges to Calcutta, and south to Mumbai (Bombay) via Agra.

TRAIN

Delhi is an important railway junction and the New Delhi Railway Station is the most convenient place to make reservations and purchase tickets. There are long-distance trains headed east to Calcutta via Varanasi, and southbound trains towards Mumbai with transit from Agra. In the city there are two main stations the Old Delhi station, and the New Delhi station in Paharganj. Be sure to know the station as the New Delhi train station is closer to Connaught Place. Ajmeri Gate is the entrance of the New Delhi train station for Paharganj.

PLANE

Delhi is the entry point of India for international flights, but it is also a good source of cheap airline tickets. It is connected by internal flights with all major destinations in the country. The domestic terminal (Terminal 1) and for international flights (Terminal 2) is located here. There is a frequent and free shuttle between the two terminals.

BUS

The main bus station is the Inter State Bus Terminal located at Kashmiri Gate, north of the Old Delhi Railway Station. Among the most frequent services are links with Rajasthan via Jaipur and the hill towns of Himachal Pradesh.

Getting Around

CNG Buses in circulation in Delhi operated by the Delhi Transport Corporation are not recommended for the faint hearted and those who need to be on time. They cover much of the city, but are also overcrowded. Some seats on the left side of the bus are reserved for women. Learn to deal with the fare before departure. Over short distances the autorickshaw proves generally faster and less expensive. If you have time, try to rent a bicycle, especially in New Delhi, where the wide streets and less crowds make safer travel on two wheels.

TAXI

There is a pre-paid taxi service. You will find the kiosk at the exit of the international terminal. At the domestic terminal of the prepaid taxi counter it is inside the building. The auto rickshaws are generally faster than taxis for short distances and cost half. Again ask the fee before boarding and make sure that your will is respected.

Delhi METRO

The metro system is a rapid transit system capable of serving Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida in the territory of the national capital territory of New Delhi and offers an extremely efficient service with announcements of arrivals and departures in English. The tickets are sold at stations and you can buy a tourist card for 1/3 days.



Health and safety

It is recommended to always use an insect repellent even in large cities, and to pay close attention to what you eat and drink. You will find pharmacies in almost all markets. Travelers were advised, in case of medical examinations, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences; Apollo Hospital; Apollo Pharmacy; Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital; East West Medical Centre.

Delhi is packed with people who will try to convince you to buy something or follow you somewhere. Be cautious in accepting invitations and if someone tells you that the hotel where you are going to stay caught fire, is closed or fully booked, ask to see for yourself. The thefts are one of the scourges of Delhi. Always lock your room, especially in cheaper hotels, preferably with a lock of your property.

Another risky place is the Inter State Bus Terminal, especially in the evening. Lately there are increased cases of deception on the part of unscrupulous travel agents who sell all inclusive packages. Choose an agency that gives the guarantees.

Both the old part of the capital as the new one have an alluring charm for visitors. Surrender yourself to the mysterious secrets of the prehistoric city in the labyrinthine streets of ancient Delhi and then re-emerge in the wide open spaces of modern New Delhi, with its ordered views and lush tree-lined streets.

New Delhi in 3 Days

New Delhi and surrounding deserve certainly a visit of several days, or even a few weeks, to enjoy quietly the local beauties. But for those who are just passing through or who do not have much time, here is a possible route easily adaptable to your taste and to your specific needs to see the city in just three days, for example by visiting the major tourist attractions in a romantic long weekend:

Day 1

In the morning you can start your tour of the city from the Qutub Minar and the Chhatarpur Temple complex. In the afternoon, we suggest a visit to the Lotus Temple and the Kalkaji temple. Then, head into the city center to admire the India Gate. The nightlife is concentrated around Connaught Place or in the prosperous southern suburbs. Many bars of Delhi in the evening are transformed into restaurants and nightclubs. Delhi also offers a rich blend of music, dance and theater performances. Local newspapers, including the Hindustan Times and The Times of India publish a weekly list of daily events.

Day 2

In the morning visit Jama Masjid and Red Fort. Later, visit Chandni Chowk. In the afternoon, head to Rajpath, home to the Rashtrapati Bhavan and the Indian Parliament House. Then head to the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib and the Jantar Mantar. You can take advantage and dine at Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. Visitors are always welcome here, and an excellent meal is available at no cost in the large kitchen of the Gurdwara. Everything that is asked in return is that the hair is covered and shoes are removed (free scarves are provided).

Day 3

In the morning you can visit the Purana Qila and National Zoological Park. Then, head to Mathura Road, Nizamuddin, to the Humayun's Tomb. In the afternoon you can visit the Akshardham temple and enjoy the water show in the evening.

An interesting day trip from New Delhi is Mathura and Vrindavan. Situated 142 kilometers from Delhi, Vrindavan is considered sacred for Krishna. You can visit this destination through a two hours drive or even arriving there by train. Standing on the banks of river Yamuna, this pilgrimage town can certainly satiate your spiritual appetite or at least your curiosity literally filled with temples dedicated to Krishna, and other facilities mythological places, including the temples like Iskcon, Mirabai, Gokulananda, Radha Raman, Vrindavan Dham, etc. Dozens of temples, ancient and modern, dot the area. They come in all shapes and sizes, for a total of about 5000, and many have their own unique peculiarities.

If there is a temple in Vrindavan which can be regarded as an architectural masterpiece is the Shahji temple, which came into existence in the year 1876. The temple itself suggests as a palace for the divine abode of Radha and Krishna. The Temple of Sri Sri Radha Madana Mohana was opened in 1580 on a 50 feet Dwadasa Aditya hill called Tila, and was the first temple to be built in Vrindavan, which at that time was just a forest.

The Radha Raman temple is one of the temples of the most exquisite workmanship and among the most revered of Vrindavan. The Sri Radha Govindaji Temple is the most spectacular work of devotional art that the eyes can see. The Banke-Bihari Temple is one of the most famous temples in Vrindavan that was built in 1864. Right next to Vrindavan is the city of Mathura, another meta culturally rich birthplace of Krishna.

Agra is just 3 hours and 15 minutes drive from New Delhi located near the Yamuna River in Uttar Pradesh and is home to one of the seven wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal, and many other magnificent structures including the Agra Fort. The city is located a few hours drive from Delhi, and is part of the rich history of India from 1000 BC onwards. The town was first mentioned as 'Agra' by the greek philosopher Ptolemy in 200 AD. The city rose to prominence as the capital of the Mughal Empire in the 16th century.

Many of the city's heritage sites date from this period. The Taj Mahal became de facto tourist emblem of India that is an immense mausoleum of white marble. The the Taj Mahal is the jewel of India and one of the masterpieces universally admired in the world. The streets of Agra are dotted with old buildings in happy harmony with modern shops and houses. From its beautiful work of art with marble inlays to its delicious sweet shops, the city offers much to the visitor.

Another mausoleum of the city, small and discreet was built by Nur Jahan, Persian poet, for his father Itimad Ud Daulah, during the Jahangir empire. Near the gardens of the Taj Mahal stands the important 16th-century Mughal monument known as the Red Fort of Agra. This powerful fortress of red sandstone contains, within its 2.5 km length of the enclosure walls, the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. It consists of many fairytale buildings, like the Jahangir palace and the Khas Mahal, built by Shah Jahan, Diwan-i-Khas. You can reach Agra by bus or train early in the morning, and you can get back at night by a night train.

Comments

You captured the spirit of the night !
Gretchen said…
Gorgeous! Such great captures. One day I'd love to visit.
Ninni said…
Such a beautiful view!
Jeevan said…
Fantastic pictures and prose about Delhi! Simply neat on its importance.
Kala said…
Gorgeous photos and wonderful commentary about Delhi.
Rathai said…
Breathtakingly beautiful pictures of Delhi! I enjoyed all of them.
As always an interesting and informative post, thanks.
Kungsfiskaren said…
Hi!
Absolutely stunning night photo.
Greetings from sweden
/Ingemar
tinajo said…
Looks beautiful! :-)
anthony stemke said…
What a beautiful,interesting post here and the photography is stunning. I learned a lot by reading this,Thank You.

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