Jantar Mantar, New Delhi – The Perplexity of a Unique Observatory

My days in New Delhi were being spent in quite an amusing manner and I loved each and every day as each day was full of life and vigor. It was the sixth day of my stay in Delhi and I was looking forward to making a visit to the famous Jantar Mantar. I had always read of Jantra Mantar in my school books and that it is one of finest places in the heart of New Delhi.

I was more excited considering the fact that the monument is something of extraordinary nature. There is a strange kind of perplexity within its compounds and that you cannot just go straight into the monument and come out like that.

Jantar Mantar, Delhi

Jantar Mantar, Delhi | Image Resource: wikimedia.org

The Jantar Mantar is an observatory built in the year 1724 by Sawai Jai Singh II. The monument is something a fun-loving person would love to discover. If you are keen in learning civil engineering concepts and how to build complex architectures to create confusion, then you must visit Jantar Mantar at least once. I was not actually interested in learning the concept or the mechanism behind its architecture but I wanted to go inside in the pursuit of some scientific knowledge.

Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh was a passionate astronomer and was keenly interested in discovering various sciences of nature. The sole idea of building Jantar Mantar at the first place was rediscovering science and later it was used as an observatory place that served as a place of interest.

As I went round the Jantar Mantar, I discovered the Samrat Yantra, which is also known as the sun dial. The dial is one of the finest instruments placed within the observatory and is a huge yellow structure having an arm stretching to 27 meters and forming a 27degree angle.

The sun dial was built during those periods when the time was calculated from the position of the sun and the angles of the shadows formed. There is also the Mishra Yantra, which collects data and record facts about the positioning of starts and planets in the sky. It was an exhilarating experience at Jantar Mantar that day.


An enjoyable food of the week : Paratha At Kake Di Hatti Delhi

Paratha At Kake Di Hatti Delhi

Paratha At Kake Di Hatti Delhi | Image Resource: blogspot.com

Paratha At Kake Di Hatti Delhi: Whenever I get an opportunity to visit Chandani Chowk with my friends, we always head to Kake Di Hatti. They serve the best paranthas hands down! I mean look at them such great look and the fillings are just heavenly. We feast on this and it is more of a ritual now!

Rail Museum, New Delhi – A Learning Point for Any Traveler

New Delhi is not just the capital of India but is also one of the hubs of major industrial and commercial exchanges. My voyage to Delhi made me realize one thing very clearly that urbanization is certainly developed in this region of the country, but the effect of old Delhi was still remaining in each and every corner of the Union Territory.

After having spent a thoroughly enjoyable day at the Lodhi Garden of New Delhi, I had reached the fifth day of my stay in the nation capital.

Rail Museum, New Delhi

Rail Museum, New Delhi | Image Resource: wikimedia.org

I woke up early in the morning and quickly sipped my bed tea; then I started heading towards the Rail Museum, which I had already planned the previous day. The Rail Museum is one of those practical museums in India that brings the working and functioning of trains and their tracks alive.

It is also one of the national heritages of the country as there is wide collection of very old and ancient steam engines, trains and their parts. There are certain models of trains exhibited in the museum that are not found today; however, the trains which run today connecting people from nook and cranny of the country have definitely derived their basics from these.

The steam locomotives, railway artifacts and carriages of large numbers of trains are exhibited in a wide space. The museum sprawls across a large landscape of about 40,000 square meters and the entire area of its interior has something reserved for the visitors.

Patiala State Monorail System

Patiala State Monorail System | Image Resource: wikimedia.org

As I am a fan of adventurous activities and I keep looking for places where I can indulge myself into little bit of fun, I eyed on the toy train that runs across the museum. I booked my tickets in the same and took a ride within the museum itself, which carried us to various exhibitions within the museum.

There are various saloons built within the museum, which are dedicated to different persons from the history. There is the Saloon of the Maharaja of Indore and another for the Prince of Wales. Then there is also one saloon for the Maharaja of Mysore that is constructed with gold, teak and ivory.

All in all, it was a wonderful experience and the time spent in the Rail Museum of New Delhi was worth remembering.

Image of the Week : Shahpur Jat Delhi

Shahpur Jat Delhi

Shahpur Jat Delhi | Image Resource: flickr.com

Shahpur Jat in Delhi is often joked to be a well kept secret of Delhi since there are very good shops inside this shopping center but a person should reach by going through narrow lanes! I found the name of a shop called The Wishing Chair very fanciful as it was the name of a Enid Blyton book! There was also a shop selling oriental rugs ..it was a great shopping experience !

A Day Out at the Lodhi Garden, New Delhi

A landmark of the capital and the unique confluence of the lifestyle of urban and old Delhi, Lodhi Garden is something one can never miss while on a trip to Delhi. People staying in Delhi as residents find this place quite amusing and for people like me, who get a very few chances to visit places just for leisure, this place is an abode of tranquility and panorama.

If you are somewhat of a historian and love to visit places that carry interest of India’s glorious history, then you must come to visit Delhi at least once in a life time. The capital of India, New Delhi is something that presents you a whole new bouquet of fresh memories, which are derived directly from the rich past and dynasties of India.

Lodhi Garden, New Delhi

Lodhi Garden, New Delhi | Image Resource: wikimedia.org

It was my fourth day of stay in Delhi and I was excited to make Lodhi Garden as a part of my journey. I booked a taxi from my hotel and reached the Lodhi Garden in just about 45 minutes. As I stepped down of my taxi, I carried a packet of masala peanuts and chomped a few of them into my mouth.

I went inside the Lodhi Garden which has a rich past. The garden was built somewhere between the 15th and 16th centuries by the Lodhi rulers who were a part of Delhi during that time. The historical monuments present within the premises are worth a watch as they represent the trueness of the art and mastery of artists over their masterpieces.

Bara Gumbad Mosque at Lodhi Garden, New Delhi

Bara Gumbad Mosque at Lodhi Garden, New Delhi | Image Resource: wikimedia.org

The Lodhi Garden, as is its name, is a garden which is maintained till now by the ASI and Government of India. The garden can be seen flocked with yoga practitioners and evening/morning walkers running through its length and breadth and sweating profusely. Apart from being a place for recreation, the Lodhi Garden contributes to the rich past of the medieval India. There are tombs and domes placed in the midst of the garden, which were built in the memories of different Lodhi rulers.

The presence of such beautiful places in Delhi makes it a truly amazing place for vacations and leisure.