Exploring Delhi by Metro
Exploring Delhi by Metro Part Day-1: I came to Delhi first time on 27th December 2007, the very same day Benjir Bhutto of Pakistan was assassinated so I can’t forget the date. Since then I spent 5 years and 4 months in the capital of India. But I never got a chance to explore the city as I was quite busy with my education. Except for India Gate and Qutub Minar, I have never been to any other places in Delhi.
Now, I have come to Delhi second time on 21st February 2016 from Bangalore, It was a location transfer from my company, I accepted this transfer offer, because in Bangalore I had no task to do, I was on the bench for the last three months, so I happily said yes to my HR.
Knowing Delhi for 5 years, which has the extream climate, in the winter its crazy cold and in the summer it’s disgusting, but still, I came to Delhi. My office is in Noida, which comes under Delhi NCR and there is no difference in climate in Delhi and Noida, entire Delhi NCR has the same climate. Somehow I managed to survive in the summer of Delhi, I was waiting for the winter to come so that I can go out on weekends and explore the city.
In the Friday evening of 21st October, I decided that I have to explore the city every weekend until I cover the entire city.
Noida City Center to South Extension:
I left my house at 12 o’clock in the afternoon, took the rickshaw and reached the Noida city center metro station, my house was nearby Noida city center. First of all, I had to go to the south extension due to some personal work before starting the trip of the day. I finished my work in south extension within half an hour and after that, I was looking for some lunch options, I found one Thela (A moving cart) where I had Aloo Nan, Paneer, and Curry Pakoda and I must say that it was delicious. That’s the beauty of this city when it comes to the food. Delhites have a very good taste of food.
After the lunch I thought to have a walk in the south extension market, south ex is the same place where I spent 5 years of my stay in Delhi during my education in Delhi. Today south extension has changed a lot, there used to be a subway to cross the road but now there is a foot over the bridge because of the metro construction in the process. It will take at least one more year to see the metro train running in south ex.
Archaeological Park, Mehrauli:
After the few minutes walk in south ex-market I decided to start my trip and my first destination of the day was Mehrauli Archaeological Park. Mehrauli Archeological Park is less famous among the tourist, even the locals don’t know this If I ask where is Archeological Park, they know it by Amali Kamali Mosque.
I entered the Archeological Park at around 2 o’clock, the park is spread over a huge area and it has several tombs and mosque inside this. You can find the following monuments in the park:
Jamali Kamali Mosque
Rajao Ki Baloi
I would suggest girl not to go alone in this place because the place is little isolated and very few tourist visits this place and most of them are locals. One more reason for few tourists flows in this place may be that this park is not well maintained, you will not find drinking water and washroom in this park. I was very thirsty in the park and I asked the guard where can I find water in the park, he told me to drink irrigation water which was used to irrigate the plant.
I took few pictures of the monuments and left the park at around 4 o’clock. I purchased one water bottle and I was looking for an autorickshaw to Qutub Minar. I would suggest not to hire auto rickshaw from Archeological to Qutub Minar because the Minar is very nearby to the park. You can reach the Qutub Minar in 10 min of walk from the Park.
Qutub Minar: The Landmark of Delhi
I reached the Qutub Minar within 5 min from the park, purchased the entry ticket and deposited the bag in the locker room and entered the Minar. Nothing has changed here. I can’t be bored from this place, this is my third visit to Qutub Minar but still, I am not less excited.
This time I met a foreigner, he was from the UK, his age would be around 60. His first visit to Qutub Minar was in 1979 and he told me whenever he comes to this place, he always comes with the same excitement that he dad in 1979. He was taking pictures of the design of the stone of the wall of Qutub Minar, I asked do you understand anything from this? He said no, nothing, then I told him that this design may be inspired by Hindu temples. I may be wrong but as far as I know, the Mughal was very much inspired by the Indian craft and architecture.
I left the Qutub Minar at around 5 after spending around 30 min there. My next destination of the day was Chhatarpur Temple.
The Chhatarpur temple is spread in the very large area and it is constructed on both the side of the road. It has Lord Rama Temple on one side of the road and on the other side of the road is Dakhineshwar Kali Maa Temple and a very big statue of Lord Hanuman. I enjoyed the Sundar Kand Bhajan going on in the Lord Rama Temple, it’s a beautiful place, you can sit here for some time and can do the meditation.It was almost 7 o’clock when I was about to leave the temple premises and my next destination was Dilli Haat.
Dilli Haat: One of the most beautiful places in Delhi
Dilli Haat, I must say that this is one of the most beautiful places in Delhi. I just loved this place. There is minimal 30 rupees entry fee for this. But that is worth paying, you will get the opportunity to explore all the cuisines of India, this place would say almost everything about India. This is a must visit place, especially for those who want to explore food, craft, and culture. I left the Dilli Haat around 9 PM. I took a cup of coffee from a local tea guy selling in front of the Dilli Haat. And then I left for my room after finishing the coffee.
Day – 2: Exploring Delhi by Metro
Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi:
I reached the Humayun Tomb at around 11: 30 AM, there is entry ticket of minimal 30 rupees for this tomb. This tomb is listed in the UNESCO world heritage. When I saw the tomb, I just said, WOW…
Beautiful. This tomb is built by the widow of Humayun. This is the biggest garden tomb in the world. I must say that this is the most beautiful architecture of Mughal in Delhi. Since this tomb comes in the UNESCO world heritage so you can find many foreigners coming to visit this place. And that is why this place is very well maintained. I spend more than an hour here and after that started for my next destination.
Garden of Five Senses, Saket, Delhi:
My next place to visit was the Garden of five senses, so I took the metro from Pragati Maidan Metro station and came to Qutub Minar metro station, after coming to Qutub Minar metro station, I came to know that the nearest metro to the Garden of five senses is Saket Metro station. So I again took the metro ride and got down at Saket Metro station.