Thursday, February 19, 2009

Day 8- The final destination


Today, we back to Delhi. From the tired night train, I can feel that my body is truly exhausted. In order to continue for the last day trip, my mind has to prepare for the next step. India trip is not easy, you have to ready for the next destination, avoid from being cheat. Although the whole journey is tired, but I’m really experience what is enjoy, depressing and anxiety. India is a country that gives me the comprehension of appreciating.

Red fort (Lal Qila)

The Mughal citadel of power carved in red sandstone dominates the cityscape on the way to Old Delhi. It houses the Diwan-e-Am or public audience hall of the emperor, the Diwan-e-Khas or private hall, the Rang Mahal (queens’ palace) with the royal bath (Hamams) and the exquisite Moti Masjid or Pearl Mosque. A sound and light show traces the history of Delhi through the ages in the evenings.

The walls of the fort extend for 2km and vary in height from 18km on the river side to 33m on the city side. Shah Jahan began construction of the massive fort in 1638 and it was completed in 1648. Shah Jahan never completely moved his capital from Agra to his new city of Shahjahanabad in Delhi because he was deposed and imprisoned in Agra Fort by his sly son Aurangzeb.

Since Independence, many landmark political speeches have taken place at the fort and every on Independence Day (15 August) it hosts the prime minister’s address to the nation.

The public space in Red fort

In most of the India Fort, they consist of Diwan-i-Am and Diwan-i-Khas. Diwan-i-Am is the hall of public audiences where the emperor would hear disputes from his subjects. Diwan-i-Am is the hall of private audiences where it constructed with the white marble, was the luxurious chamber and the emperor would hold private meetings.

The majestic fort gate leads the visitors to the central court.

The entrance of the fort.

Jama Masjid

This stunning mosque is the largest in India and the final architecture magnum opus of Shah Jahan. Construction of the mosque began in 1644, but it wasn’t completed until 1658. It has three gateways, four angle towers and two minarets standing 40m high, and is constructed of alternating vertical strips of red sandstone and white marble. The mosque’s courtyard can hold a mind-blowing 25000 peoples.

Seriously, the fake guides that insist to charge the admission fee is really annoying. Besides that, we can feel the pressure from the crowd of the people. The bazaar in front of the Jama Masjid is one the most terrible place that I never meet.

Even though the architecture in Jama Masjid is truly incredible, but the peoples there have no manner and the moral behavior has been broken. This is due to the cheating in bazaar and how they steal other’s people things.

The overview of Jama Masjid

The adventures bazaar.

Train got burned in the Delhi railway station.

The most memorable experience in the last day trip is the accident in Delhi railway station. Since our trip is in the critical period where Mumbai had been attacked by the terrorists, the incident in railway station made us feel anxious. In the train station, I can see the Indian is in the normal mode- they didn’t even look like nervous. In contrast, it seems like normal condition. Finally, we moved quickly to the hotel and ready for the night flight.

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