The old town was to the North of our guest house. Our cab moved rather slowly. On the way, we would eavesdrop on pedestrians speaking in different languages. Most of it was Hindi, some English, Urdu, and Punjabi. Kizito was good at distinguishing them. In the old city, we had quality time at the dramatic Red Fort. We were lucky to arrive at a time when a volunteer at the Fort was making an informed discourse about the history behind the existence of the Fort. It was now approaching 3:30 pm.
We rushed to Jama Masjid, and then took pictures around the medieval-flavored bazaars of the old town. By the time we were driven back to our guesthouse, were felt exhausted but we could not afford to lose the beautiful lightings that illuminated New Delhi at night. The first night in New Delhi was rather short. Breakfast was served in our room. New Delhi has an enormous variety of tourists’ attraction sites which we would visit in the next four days. We would from that day henceforth use the hop-in-hop-off buses to commute to the different sites.
The sites can be categorized as Modern Lutyen’ s works, Mughal monuments, Ancient monuments, places of worship, museums and other landmarks and gardens around the city. As far as Lutyen’ s works are concerned, Kizito was there to ensure that we visit the ‘ must see’ features that Lutyens designed during the conceptualization of New Delhi. They included: Sansad Bhavan, Indian Gate and Rajpath, Connaught Place and Lodhi Gardens. They stood out as symbols of modernization and mastery of excellent architectural designs and landscaping. For Mughal monuments, we were only able to visit three out of the six: Humayun's tomb, Parana Quila, and Chandni Chowk.
These structures had been built many centuries ago mainly by the ancient states of India. But when the colonialists came they launched assimilation strategies that were aimed to make India look like their mother country (Britain). Some of the strategies involved destroying Indian structures which looked archaic to them (Lahiri, 2012). The fact that these structures still remain means they were built to last many generations.
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