Sunday, February 17, 2008

Garden of Five Senses

Spread in an area of around 20 acres in the village of Said-ul-Jab on the Mehrauli-Badarpur road near Lado Sarai, The Garden of Five Senses was developed by Delhi Tourism with a theme to stimulate the five senses - touch, smell, hear, sight and taste.

Well planned and nicely landscaped with rocks and pools of water, The Garden of Five Senses grows a variety
of Indian and exotic flowers and vegetables for the purpose of exhibition and sale. It also has a food court with a variety of snacks for the visitors.


Tuesday, February 12, 2008


Delhi Gate or Dilli Darwaza, as it was known when it was constructed during the period 1650, was the southern entrance to the city of Shahjahanabad. As the name of the gates of the walled city were given to them in accordance with the direction of the other cities they opened to, Delhi Gate got it's name as it opened towards the direction of the earlier cities of Delhi.



Opened in 1954,Golcha cinema hall in Daryaganj is one of the oldest cinema halls of Delhi.


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Saturday, February 9, 2008

Buddha Jayanti Park

Buddha Jayanti Park or Buddha Garden as it is locally called in Delhi, was founded to commemorate the 2500 th year of Gautam Buddha's Nirvana (attainment). The park is special because a sapling of the Bodhi Tree was brought from Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka and was transplanted here. Though the 2500th year of Buddha's attainment took place in 1953, it was only in 1964 that the sapling from Srilanka was brought by the then Srilankan Prime Minister, Smt. Srimavo Bandarnaike . In the 3rd century B.C, a sapling of the original Bodhi Tree at Bodhgaya, under which Buddha had attained Nirvana, was carried by Emperor Ashoka's daughter, Sanghmita to Anuradhapur in Sri Lanka. The Park covers a major portion of the dense forest of the Southern Ridge and is landscaped with well manicured sprawling lawns, streams, sloping terrain and mammoth trees. The picture perfect appearance of the garden makes it an ideal spot for picnics. The garden is known to be more popular among the young couples who can be seen getting cozy under some tree.


Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Delhi (physical and history)

The British, who occupied India, moved the capital city from Calcutta (now known as Kolkata) to Delhi in 1912. They wanted to build a new capital city so a new city was constructed adjacent to Delhi. The new city was completed in 1931 and came to be known as New Delhi. The original Delhi became Old Delhi.

Delhi lies within the Yamuna sub basin of the Ganga sytem - which itself is a part of the greater Ganga Brahmaputra Mega basin. The river Yamuna rises in the Himalaya at Yamunotri . It receives many tributaries before it debouches into the plains near Tajewala. It then travels generally along the UP - Haryana border before it reaches Delhi. Thereafter, the river runs again through UP and joins the Ganga at Allahabad.

Delhi has flat land, however there is a big depression in the southwest known as the Najafgarh jheel area, which receives the drainage from the adjoining states of Haryana and Rajasthan. The only outlet for these waters is the Yamuna.

Physically, the natural territory of Delhi can be divided into three segments - the Yamuna flood plain, the Ridge and the Plain. The Yamuna flood plain is somewhat low-lying and sandy and is subject to recurrent floods. This area is also called Khadar.

The ridge constitutes the most dominating physiographic features of this territory. It originates from the Aravali hills of Rajasthan and enters Delhi from the south extending in a north- eastern direction. Tughlaquabad fort is located on one of the highest spurs of the ridge.

Leaving aside the Yamuna flood plain (khadar) and the ridge, the entire area of the territory of Delhi is categorized as Bangar or the Plain, which is very fertile.

Everlasting refers to something that will continue to exist once it is created, while eternal implies that it has always existed and will continue to exist in the future.

The various dynasties that ruled Delhi might not have been everlasting but the eternal flowing Yamnua has been a witness to the rise and fall of these dynasties.

History has recorded different rulers/dynasties, who ruled Delhi in the past centuries, chiefly created seven principal cities that is what the whole of Delhi is as of now. Many of these are no more than villages today with splendid ruins and tales of evolution of architectural styles of the times and the synthesis of various cultures and influences. The present day skyline has now assimilated the majestic and the imperial past of these ruins.

The earliest architectural relics date back to the Maurya period (300 BC). Since then the site has seen continuous settlements. They are, Qila Rai Pithora, Mehrauli, Siri, Tughlakabad, Firozabad, Shergarh, Shahjehanabad.

Luteyn’s Delhi or the New Delhi can be termed as the Eighth Delhi as it was created during the British rule and who were the last rulers before India was declared a Sovereign Republic.