The lotus temple is a great temple to visit as it welcomes all religions. It doesn’t take influence from any religious architecture as it is in the form of a lotus flower with a very similar aesthetic to the Sydney Opera house. Having seen both in their glory you can definitely see the similarities in materials and sculptural formations. The temple is surrounded by beautiful greenery and small pools near the entrance. Inside the space opens up with high arches and wooden benches similar to those in churches or cathedrals. It is a great free place to visit and is easy to reach by the new modern metro just outside of the main city.
This place is definitely worth mentioning as we discovered Cheese Chaplin in an underground basement suggested by a nearby street boutique vender. The restaurant is there to promote their selection of cheeses which is extremely uncommon to see in Delhi. We sat and talked to the owner who takes incredible pride in his produce that is equal to European standard and was absolutely delicious on pizza and in a cheese cake!
Is the tallest brick minaret in the world measuring 73 metres. Its situated in a large complex that’s pleasant to walk around. It cost ₹500 per person to enter.
It cost ₹1,000 each to enter The Red Fort which occupies a huge area of land that you can wonder freely. The main attraction is the beautiful craftsmanship of marble, similar to the techniques used for the Taj Mahal.
Wondering through the streets of old Delhi is possibly one of the most visually mind numbing experiences to encounter in India. It was difficult to concentrate on anything as our bodies were having a sensory overload! So many smells and people busing about, at one point we could see a man riding an elephant in the middle of the road and then in a blink on an eye they seemed to meld into the madness as if never there!
This modern landmark was opened to the public in 2005 in homage to traditional Indian culture. The main monument in centrally place in the grounds that has been intricately carved from pink sandstone displaying historical myths. This outstanding piece of craftsmanship utilises traditional techniques that can be seen throughout many iconic pieces of architecture in India, yet because of its contemporary stance it emphasises the importance and brilliance of its artistry.
The complex has several exhibits that focuses on Swaminarayan, the central figure in a modern branch of Hinduism. His life and values are portrayed through a movie that was specially commissioned for the complex to recount a seven-year pilgrimage made by Swaminarayan during his teenage years throughout India. Along with The Hall of Values section that consists of robotic mannequins that form a narrative of incidents that are believed to have occurred in Swaminarayan’s life. Finally, there is a mini indoor boat ride that takes a journey through time highlighting historical figures and achievements in India. This was probably one of the most informative landmarks we visited in Delhi and was superb for that reason! No photography is allowed in the complex.