"Look at life through the windshield, not the rear view mirror..." - Byrd Baggett
The Capital City
Because of the massive traffic jam we decided not to stop at old Delhi and missed visiting the Red Fort, built in 1648 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, Jame’ Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India and Qutab Minar built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibek in 1199. We had time to stop for a while at India Gate (War Memorial Arch), the Parliament House and Government Secretariat Buildings and later spent sometime at Gandhi Smriti.
The India Gate is one of the largest war memorials in India. Situated in the heart of New Delhi, India Gate is a prominent landmark in Delhi and commemorates the members of the erstwhile British Indian Army who lost their lives fighting for the Indian Empire in World War I and the Afghan Wars.
Following India's independence, India Gate became the site of Indian Army's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, known as the Amar Jawan Jyoti.
To the northwest of Vijay Chowk, this huge circular, colonnaded building comprises three semicircular chambers for the Legislatures and a Central Library crowned by a 27.4m high dome. It is 173m in diameter and covers 2.02 hectares in area, with colonnaded verandahs enclosing the entire circumference.
Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the Indian Nation, was assassinated by a Hindu fanatic, Nathuram Godse, on 30 January 1948 on the premises of the Birla House as he was coming out into the lawn for a prayer meeting.
The building was turned into a national museum after his death and people from all over the country visit to pay their respects.