Qutub Minar

Iron Pilar

Nobody knows who forged this Iron Pilar or how - it does not rust. Ninguem sabe quem forjou este Pilar de ferro, nem como - ele não enferruja.


Saturday October 23, 2010
New Delhi, National Capital Territory

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Delhi has many atractions to choose from and today we plan to see Conaugh Place and the Qtub Minar.

We took a rickshaw that knew exactly where to go, but dropped us just at the first street that makes the boundary of Conaugh Place. The area has restriction on the traffic of rickshaws so we walked the rest of the way. Conaugh place is built in concentric circles with a great park in the middle. There are fountains, gardens and a place for performances, people were busy preparing the stage for a show that will happen in the afternoon. The buildings facing the park have been restored and have brand shops of all famous international brands. There are also fancy places to eat as well as famous fast food restaurants. The whole area had more foreigners than local tourists and everyone had plenty of bags with their aquisitions.

We took the Delhi Metro to go to Qtub Minar after having lunch at Conaugh Place. The trains and stations are very modern. There was a big expansion on the Metro network for the COmonwealht Games and now we can benefit from the new infraestructure.

From the Metro station we still had to ride on an autorickshaw until the monument. The tall minaret is clearly visible piercing above the tree line. There were many buses with tourist visiting and the lines were a bit long. Inside the monument we saw the seven meter high Iron Pillar, possibly made in honor of Vishnu about two thousand years ago. This Pillar is a mistery, nobody knows the secret of its foundry, but despite its age, it does not rust. We also saw the first mosque, built about a thousand years ago, which the building material was obtained from “27 idolatrous temples” demolished by the mughals.
We returned to Conaugh Place and from there we walked back to

Paharganj to meet Monti, Claudia’s tailor, for a test trial of the clothes she had ordered. As we reached the small square near the hotel we found people sitting and lining up to have mehendi done. Diwali is approaching fast and the ladies are all getting the henna made for the festival. Claudia decided to have the last mehend of the trip and two boys made the drawings on her hands and feet. It took them only one hour to finish their design and the flourish and expertise with which they worked as a delight to see. We finished our Saturday quite late.

Connaught Place

Connaught Place

Sábado, 23 de Outubro de 2010
New Delhi, Território Nacional

Delhi tem muitas atrações para escolher, hoje visitamos Conaugh Place e o Qtub Minar.

Pegamos um rickshaw que felizmente sabia exatamente onde ir, mas nos deixou na fronteira da região de Conaugh Place. O tráfego de rickshaws é proibido na área, então andamos o trecho que faltava. Conaugh Place são uma série de ruas em círculos concentricos, com um parque no centro. Tem fontes, jardins e um lugar para shows onde estavam preparando um palco para uma apresentação naquela tarde. As fachadas dos prédios que dá para o parque foram restauradas e tinham lojas de marca the várias marcas famosas. Também lugares sofisticados para comer e restaurantes fast-food famosos. Toda a área tinha mais estrangeiros do que turistas locais, e todo mundo carregava várias sacolas com suas aquisições recentes.

Pegamos o Delhi Metro para o Qtub Minar depois do almoço em Conaugh Place. Os trens e as estações são bem modernos e novos. O metro foi ampliado para os Jogos do Commonwealth e agora estávamos nos beneficiando da nova infraestrutura.

Da estação do metrô ainda tivemos que pegar um autorickshaw até o monumento. O minarete é alto, e claramente visível acima das árvores. Muitos ônibus de turistas estavam visitando, e as filas eram longas. Dentro do parque vimos o Pilar de Ferro. com 7 metros de altura este Pilar é um mistério, ninguém sabe o segredo de sua fundição, mas apesar de ter 2000 anos, ele não enferruja. Também vimos a mesquita que foi construída com material obtido da demolição de “27 templos idólatras”.

Retornamos a Conaugh Place de dali andamos de volta para Paharganj para visitar Monti, o alfaiate, onde Claudia provou as roupas que encomendou. Na praça perto do hotel várias pessoas estavam sentadas em banquinhos, ou fazendo fila para mehendi. Diwali está se aproximando, e as mulheres querem os desenhos de hennah em suas mãos e pés para o festival. Claudia decidiu que também queria aprovitar a chance para fazer o último mehendi na India e contratou dois rapazes para desenhar em suas mãos e pés. Eles levaram 1 hora para terminar o desenho, e era fascinante observar a dextresa e habilidade com que trabalhavam.

Festival Henna

Festival Henna

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This is the blog about our trip in India, between June and October 2010
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