Ladakh Ride Day 20 – Delhi Sightseeing Time
It was our last day in Delhi. So, we planned for Delhi sightseeing, to explore a few well-known attractions like Qutub Minar, Red Fort, Jantar Mantar, and Ugrasen ki Baoli. We slept well over 10 hours, so started the day with a fresh mind. Had our breakfast in Kerala Tiffin just opposite our hotel, food was good and cheap too.
We started at 11 AM, our first point for the day was Red Fort. We parked our motorcycle, booked an electric-rickshaw towards the ticket counter. Interestingly, if you pay with a debit/credit card, the entry fee will be less. After a security check, we entered through the famous Lahore gate. The first thing we noticed, is renovation work throughout the fort. We got amazed seeing shops for souvenirs, clothes, and ornaments. There are different points inside, Diwan-e-Khas, Diwan-e-Aam, mosque, etc. same as another Mughal fort. Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built this fort. It had great importance at that time. To know more click here.
After that we moved towards Connaught place, to have our lunch and also to visit Jantar Mantar. We went to KFC, spent some time there having Chicken meals. Jantar Mantar is very near to CP (Connaught Place), there is a parking place too. We bought entry tickets and kept our helmet in the locker room for a small amount. Although this place is very beautifully decorated, those who love astronomy will love this place more. The Jantar Mantar is an equinoctial sundial, consisting of a gigantic triangular gnomon with the hypotenuse parallel to the Earth’s axis. A lot of scientific structures like Samrat Yantra, Jai Prakash, Ram Yantra, and Niyati Chakra, etc. The primary purpose of the observatory was to compile astronomical tables, and to predict the times and movements of the sun, moon, and planets; sources Wikipedia.
Once done we moved towards Ugrasen ki Baoli, a hidden gem. A few well-known movies shot here like PK, Sultan, etc. Although, I liked the place because of less crowds and its structure.
While we started moving towards Qutub Minar, we saw India gate so we stopped to click a photo in Daylight and then moving towards Rashtrapati Bhavan. Motorcycles are not allowed inside the Bhavan premises but the local auto driver told us that Auto or cab can go inside to some extent. We continued through good roads, crossed Ganga, and passed famous AIIMS. Roads in entire Delhi are good in condition, but traffic signals felt a little awkward to me.
Then, we reached Qutub Minar, probably the most famous spot of Delhi sightseeing, bought ourselves entry tokens. There are few points to explore inside Qutub Minar premises. All places are well marked and enough information is also highlighted. Although, this place was crowded than any other spots we visited, definitely worth the visit.
We spend nearly an hour or so and decided to leave to avoid peak hour traffic congestion, reached our hotel. On the way we had panipuri, it was okay-okay. In dinner, we stepped in nearby Domino’s Pizza, had some cheese burst pizzas. While returning to our hotel we refueled our motorcycle to its brim, so that we can start early morning the next day towards home.
We had quite a good experience in Delhi sightseeing but we missed a lot of things like experiencing metro, Akshardham temple, Shalimar Bagh. We will definitely explore all the places on our next visit for sure.
Being a remote place, visiting Ladakh needs lots of preparation to be it mentally, physically. Do check out below generic guides to make Ladakh trip successful, I am sure you will never regret.
- How to prepare for Ladakh
- Things to Carry in Ladakh
- Medicines needed in Ladakh
- Mobile Network Connectivity in Ladakh
- Complete Guide for your Ladakh Trip
- Ladakh Inner Line Permit Procedure
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