I have always dreamed about visiting India, so on January 6th 2014, my sister and I planned a trip to Delhi India. We were very exciting about our tripe for a few reasons. We have grown up seeing Indian movies. We have always witnessed a lot of good things people say about India and praising its beauty. But we had never visited this wonderful country physically. So, we booked our tickets and took two hours flight from Kabul-International Airport to Delhi. When we arrived in Delhi we were picked up by a very dear friend. We stayed with this family for a day before we go to the hotel we had booking with. Once we got in our hotel, we relaxed for the night and planned to discover the city tomorrow. The next we began in Delhi a city of business, shopping malls, markets, history, heritages and etc.
We began our day by visiting ‘Dilli- Haat’ and ‘Chandani Chowk. The must see places in Delhi. Dhilli Haat (Located in south Delhi and Chandani Chowk located in Old Delhi) Walking around Dhilli-Haat and Chandani Chowk, feels like a traditional village market. Everything that these markets offer are made in India- which gave me an impression of Indian heritages. The small little shops and tiny street of these two places, has its own uniqueness and beauty, which does not let you get bored for a second, rather fascinates you to spend more time. I walked around all the local little shops, and did some shopping for my family.
Note: if you are foodi like me, then you have to try the food there it is delicious, again if you are music nerd like me, then the live music and dance there will cheer you up and make you wish to stay there for hours and hours, but In case you are not a fan of history and heritages rather loves modern places and want to know how Europe looks like, then Delhi also has something special for you to offer. When you go to Delhi, please make a visit to the City-Walk. The shopping malls around this area, cinemas, food courts, and entertainment places exactly feels like if you are in Europe.
Delhi is full of beautiful places, we also visited some temples and most importantly India’s largest mosque ‘Jama-Masjid’ 41 meters (135ft) high, made of red sandstone and marbles. The mosque has been declared as a world heritage site. One evening we went to have dinner at a place that is famous for ‘Butter-Chicken’- (Sorry forgot the name of this place) But yeah, these places are famous for having more and more tourist and fewer local people. The butter chicken was so yammi so was the colorful environment accompanied by Indian classical music. We were lucky enough to watch the live Bhangra Dance. We loved it, and yeah, it literally moved us. After discovering almost entire Delhi and staying there for a week, we decided to visit the Taj Mahal.
Taj Mahal one of the Seven Wonders of the World and most beautiful building of the world is located in the State of Uttar- Pradesh in the city of Agra. It bears the testimony of love. The Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in the mid-17th century in the living memory of his queen, Mumtaz Mahal. Hence, The Taj Mahal is considered by many as a symbol of love and example of Mughal architecture. Our excitement of seeing Taj Mahal started with a very interesting incident; So, there was a security check at the entrance, who was selling, tickets in order to allow you to enter the Taj Mahal. For foreigners the fee is 500 Indian rupees and for local its 100 rupees. I thought of not disclosing my nationally and took the advantage of my appearance ;-). They thought me of Indian and requested me to pay 100 rupees 😀
When the security guard let us in, a young boy offered to be our guide. Although, we had already decided that, we will discover Taj Mahal ourselves, but just because he was so eager about showing us the Taj Mahal, hence we agreed to hire him. We all took a long walk from the entrance to the actual structure. The joy of seeing Taj Mahal by my own eyes was astonishing. I was amazed by its architectural beauty. I had never seen such beautiful glorious construction before. The structure is entirely designed with calligraphy and the side walls are decorated by colorful pieces of glass with written verse from the Holy Book ‘Quran’.
Our Guide was a wonderful young boy 15 year old yet very informative about the entire history of Taj Mahal. He was also very funny. He offered his help in photography. He made me act like Indian movie actress in the garden area of Taj Mahal. He took a lot of photos in every corner of this wonderful place. My entire time at Taj Mahal was amazing. Each place of this building bears great amount of love and art. Interestingly the graves of the King Shah Janhan and Queen Mumtaz Mahal is also situated in the downstairs of Monument Taj Mahal.
With the passing of these two love hasn’t died since the day Taj Mahal was built until today, Millions of tourists come to see the unique piece from far-off places. I was one of those. This wonderful place worth a visit, but please do not think that love is it limited only to Taj Mahal. Love exits it can be found in any corner of the world. Maybe one day you will find it in Kabul or Toronto you never know 😛 But, hey! If you are lucky enough to have the dream love then, you might find someone who will give you a ring in Taj Mahal and make you feel, you are not loved less than the queen Mumtaz Mahal 😉
We loved our entire trip. It was full of beautiful experiences, the sweet memories of this visit will always remain ever fresh in my mind.