Sightseeing in Delhi

Last week, while in Delhi, I did some sightseeing. My guide was Amita and we both benefited from a guidebook by Y.D. Sharma (Delhi And its Neighbourhood, Archeological Survey of India, New Delhi, 2005).

We visited the Museum of Parliament. This high-tech facility currently lacks soul. The invested money and human resources call for a rethinking of how to use the museum to raise awareness and promote the Indian pluralistic democratic values.

We also went to see the famous Qutb-Minar. Here we experienced how some of the government licenced guides express anti-Islam propaganda under the disguise of guiding tourists.

Another place we visited is Humayun's tomb. In this mausoleum several of the Moghuls have been buried. The architectural complex is seen as one of the models to the Taj Mahal.

In Kotla Firoz Shah, on the top of a pyramidal structure there is one of the Ashokan pillars. This one among the numerous pillars and rocks with the famous emperor's, Ashoka's edicts was the first to decipher.

We also saw the Red Fort. This citadel was built between 1639 and 1648, after Shah Jahan transferred his capital from Agra to Delhi.

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