( ျမန္မာဘာသာ )
From Part I
- Jantar Mantar
If you have ever wondered how the ancient people predicted the time, day, month and year, then you should definitely go and see Jantar Mantar. The giant astronomy instruments at Jatar Mantar complex will leave you spellbound. It is located in central Delhi and has 13 astronomy devices.
It was built 300 years ago and the primary purpose was to compile astronomical tables, to predict the times and movements of the sun, moon and planets.
Jantar Mantar is a major tourist attraction and a significant monument in the history of astronomy.
Tips by Chaw
- Entry Fees. Foreigners: 100 INR / Indians: 3 INR
- It’s adjacent to Connaught Place and you can combine your Jantar Mantar visit with retail therapy in Connaught Place.
- Sikh temple – Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
Whenever I hear the word “Sikh”, I imagine the turbaned people from Punjab. Sikhism is one of the big religions in India which originated in Punjab. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is a Sikh House of Worship which was built 200 years ago.
The Gurudwara is a very beautiful white building with a golden dome on top. The temple complex also consists of a holy pond, a school, an art gallery and a kitchen. It’s strictly advised to cover you head for all visitors and wearing shoes is prohibited. Shoes-minding services are available free of charge and head scarves are also available in the basket kept around that one can use and return back.
The community kitchen (langar hall) serves free meals to all visitors regardless of religion, gender or race. The temple offer food (langar) to around 10,000 visitors per day. The people who help to keep the shoes, cleaning the temple, cooking in the kitchen and assisting for serving meals, all are done by gursikhs who work there and by volunteers who like to help out.
The holy pond is believed to have healing properties and many people take holy dip in it. The holy pond water is also taken by Sikhs throughout the world back to their homes.
Gurudwara is now one of the most prominent places in Delhi and it’s always filled with Sikh devotees. Temple offers peace of mind and a very unique experience.
Tips by Chaw
- Please bring head scarf and please respect their rules by covering your head.
- Please wear modest clothes.
- Its open 24 hours every day.
- No Entry fee needed.
- Visiting in evening is recommended so that you can enjoy two ways of beauty in day light and night light.
- Try community meal to have a new experience and to see how this food donation is done for such huge crowd of people. I was fortunate enough to have the langar at around 8pm at night. The food was very simple and delicious.
- Qutub Minar
Qutub Minar is often considered as Eiffel Tower of India. It’s a minaret made of red sandstone and marble. It was built 800 years ago and is a recognized UNESCO world heritage site. It’s a 240 feet tall tapering tower of five stories and contains 379 spiral staircases. General public was allowed to access to the top of the tower till 1981 and due to some accident, public access to the inside of the tower has remained stopped till date.
An array of old monuments and buildings including Qutub Minar is called Qutub Complex. The complex houses mosques, an iron pillar, tombs, statues from the destroyed Jain temples and calligraphic carving on the walls. The architecture of Qutub Minar and surrounding ruins are pretty amazing and are inspired by both Islamic and Indian architecture.
Qutub Minar lies as a historical architectural complex that attracts a lot of visitors every day.
Tips by Chaw
- It opens daily 6 AM to 6 PM.
- Entry Fees Required. Foreigners: 250 INR / Indians: 10 INR
- Little bit of queuing might be there at the ticket counters for locals but less crowd in the foreigner queue
Part III coming soon >