The Beautiful India

India is traveler’s dream. Whoever wants to explore this world would put this country into the list of destination, so did I. There’s something romantic about the country’s name. It was a huge country before British decided to partition it into two countries in 1947: India and Pakistan (east part of Pakistan later become another country, Bangladesh).

It has long story of civilization, from center of Hindu kingdoms until Muslim emperors. Some of best art design on architecture can be found all over this country. I wished for longer time of stay in India but I couldn’t then only visited “the golden triangle” (Delhi-Agra-Jaipur) plus a day trip to Ajmer.

Must do in India: Get henna! :)

DELHI

The capital. I was surprised to see the airport was very much clean and modern when arrived there on February 20, 2012. It was quick immigration process because I had my visa already from Jakarta, otherwise must queue for visa-on-arrival (might take 2-3 hours).

This city had good metro network, fast and cheap way to get around the city. From my hotel in Karol Bagh area, could take the train from/to airport (http://www.delhiairportexpress.com/home/index.html). It’s recommended location because surrounded by markets, ATM, and not hard to find halal food, money exchanger, internet cafe, etc.

Well, I missed to get around the city using the hop-on-hop-off bus – the best way to see Delhi (http://www.hohodelhi.com/) because should spare the whole day but I never had that much time.

Jama’ Masjid.

A visit to my embassy. I love KBRI (Kedutaan Besar Republik Indonesia)!

AGRA

What else we have in mind when hear this city’s name other than The Magnificent Taj Mahal? I was astonished when saw it for the first time. So awesome. The king built it (took 20 years) over the grave of his beloved Mumtaz, his love must be so great.

Standard pose, pretended touching the pole. ;p

I planned to join a day tour arranged by Uttar Pradesh government (http://www.up-tourism.com/agra_darshan.htm), only 1700 rupees to visit Fatekhpur Sikri (80 km from the city), Agra Fort, and of course Taj Mahal, but the train was late due to blocked trail during winter then missed it (should have arrived there before 10:00 AM).

JAIPUR

Actually, I like this city more than others. It’s small and friendly. Lots to see around the city with relatively cheap and easy because it’s much less crowded than Delhi or Agra. Arrays of markets in the old town, around City Palace and other historical places, must bargain hard if you want to buy or take rickshaw, though.

Pretty wall/door decoration at City Palace, I wish can get one for my own house. :D

AJMER

There was a very famous holly place in this city, called Dargah Ajmer or Ajmer Sharif Dargah (http://www.dargahajmersharif.com/ or http://www.chishtiajmersharif.com/ or http://www.dargahajmer.com/). It’s interesting to know that although a grave of a Muslim sufi saint, Moinuddin Chishti (1141-1230 AD), it was visited by Muslim pilgrims as well as Hindus and Sikhs as a symbol of intercommunal harmony (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moinuddin_Chishti).

The main entrance of Dargah Ajmer.

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2 thoughts on “The Beautiful India

    • Thank you for your kindness, Sir.

      Yes, I’m sorry that I’ve missed the opportunity to pay a visit to your wonderful family and get honored to enjoy your centuries old tradition. That was a bit crazy trip to visit 10 cities in 3 countries within only 17 days, even the whole days of that vacation wouldn’t be enough to explore your beautiful and huge country. I hope will go back soon and spend more time in India.

      Regards,
      Desi.

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