“If there is heaven on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here.”

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The title of this post was a ancient quote that our tour guide Rajit told us about regarding the Red Fort in Old Delhi.  Today we had the opportunity to see the Red Fort along with other historical landmarks around Delhi.

The first stop we made was to the Jama Masjid, an ancient mosque in Delhi (picture 1). It was originally commissioned by the same Emperor who built the Taj Mahal and it is nearly as captivating. We were actually able to climb up a narrow, stone spiral staircase that lead to the top of one of the towers. From there it was amazing to see the city from a bird’s eye view.

After the Jama Masjid, we went on a short walk and adventure through some markets and eventually made our way to the Red Fort (picture 2). This fort was also created by a Mughal Emperor. It was used as the residence for the royal family and included a private mosque, a meeting hall, bath house, and throne pavilion (picture 3). When the British took over, they used the palace as a Fort and built barracks to house their soldiers. The detailed architecture of the buildings, columns, and arches were breathtaking.

From there, it was a short but exciting rickshaw ride to a restaurant for lunch. After filling up, we proceeded onward to the India Gate (picture 4). It was built to honor India Army soldiers who had died. On our way to the next stop, our motor-coach went past the Parliamentary buildings in New Delhi. The size and awe of these buildings reminded me of something you would see in Europe, which makes sense, because they were originally designed and occupied by the British. Our final stop for the day was to a memorial that marked the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated (picture 5).

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