Wednesday, December 3, 2014

new delhi

the city of delhi is split into old delhi and new delhi.
after our crazy day exploring bustling old delhi, we
went to some of the gorgeous monuments in new delhi.
it was a stark contrast between these grand, ornate sights & the packed disparity we'd just seen earlier in the day.
^^ we started here at humayun's tomb, a famous
sight right in new delhi. it looked like a smaller,
red taj mahal to me and made me excited for it!
^^ the grounds of this tomb were sprawling.
i couldn't believe how massive it was! paths
spread in all directions taking you to different 
smaller gates, with the tomb being the centerpiece.
^^ these stills were taken by chase's copter and it shows the 
lush, really nice area around. like i said, stark contrast
to the dusty and crowded streets of old delhi nearby.
^^ we hit humayun's tomb at the most perfect
hour when the sunset was golden and making
everything glow. it was really so lovely to take in.
i stood staring at it for 10 minutes because of that light!
it's hard to tell in pictures but it was radiant.
^^ learning all about the history of this former
emperor's garden tomb from our guide jas

^^ next we made it to the gandhi memorial, which was
one of my favorite things. it's called the raj ghat and it's a 
 tribute to an amazing man who we learned a lot more 
about while visiting his memorial. he is so revered in india 
{& throughout the world} but being there gave a whole new
feel for him. i loved learning that he lived in south africa for
years and made a major impact there. i'll have to 
learn more about that when i visit my parents in SA!
like many places in india, you remove shoes 
here out of respect. despite the dirty feet at the
end of the day, i love this custom in india. ^^
there is an eternal flame here for ghandi behind us ^^
^^ cute kiddos at a field trip to learn about ghandi..
^^ and cute little cadets in training...
the grounds are pretty and well-kept and you
can feel the respect they have for this man. ^^

lastly we visited qutb minar, the world's tallest brick minaret.
i can't believe the amount of monuments and amazing
structures throughout india. they are everywhere alongside
modern cities and there is so much to take in at each stop!
we loved these columns and ruins on 
the grounds of the monument ^^
at night we drove past all of the government
buildings since new delhi is the capital of india. 
we loved seeing the india gate, parliament house,
and the presidential palace...especially in dusk light!
and somehow that night i got talked into 
trying on a sari! the lady wrapped it so
intricately around me with all the folding
and fitting techniques. i would never be able 
to do that at home! i love the colorful way 
they dress and loved trying this one on.

delhi was a great introduction to india,
and then it was on to jaipur {my favorite
city that we visited}. more from that soon!

xoxox

13 comments:

  1. Wow, how incredible! Are you ever nervous to travel to such foreign places? I think I would get nervous! But maybe that is just because I am quite inexperienced in the world travel department. I find it so fascinating that they have you remove your shoes, I can't think of many places in America that they would have you do that.

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    1. haha yes! it is always a little bit crazy with making sure not to get sick, drinking only bottled water, and making plans ahead of time so we feel safe and aware -- but we also love seeing such different, diverse places. for both china and india we booked through tour companies so we felt a lot better about getting around and staying safe!

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  2. Ah I love seeing all the adventures you go on! You are your husband are just darling!

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    1. right back at you, cutest couple!

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  3. awe i'm glad you went to ghandi's memorial! really such a beautiful place. delhi is good and all, but i get bugged when people judge india when they've only been to delhi cause there really is so much more beauty and just… amazingness! don't you agree!? excited to see your next post about jaipur!!!!
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    1. completely agreed, and that's why i'm excited to share more of it! :) glad you have been there and understand the amazingess! xoxo

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  4. So beautiful <3 India looks lovely! Will you do a travel guide? I would love to go to India but I wouldn't know where to start!!

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  5. Beautiful. I love all the colors of India! And the picture from Chases copter is seriously amazing!

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  6. This is so cool! I love all the photos; I've wanted to visit India for the longest time but the opportunity never seems to arise. Glad you and your husband seem to be having such a fun time over there :)

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  7. You look so pretty in the sari! I absolutely love it. I would be so fascinated to learn about Gandhi.

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  8. so cool, it sounds like your trip was absolutely amazing!

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  9. LOVE the pics!!! The one of you trying on the sari is so cute!

    I saw you mention up above that you booked through a tour company; would you consider sharing more about that in a future post? Would love to see how you picked a company, how much you booked through them, etc!

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  10. gorgeous photos as always! your travels look amazing!

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