Hello from Delhi!! Reya and I came up to Dehli for the book launch of “Defying the Odds: The Rise of Dalit Entrepreneurs,” the book co-authored by CASI’s very own Professor Kapur and which touches on the work Reya and I have been doing with DICCI. We’ve also been able to take a few days off to see the many historical sites of Delhi. It’s been absolutely amazing! In previous weeks, we have also visited Mumbai and Auraganabad, so I have decided to publish a photo post to show a few of the great sites we have visited.To our fellow interns who are traveling after their internship, feel free to email Reya and me if you want travel suggestions to any of these cities! And to those who won’t have a chance to visit these places, here is a quick glance at some of India’s incredible views.
Qutab Minar Complex (Delhi). The Qutab Minar is an early Islamic Monument made of red sandstone and marble. The minar stands at 72.5 m (237.8 ft) high and is one of the tallest in the world. Surrounding the minar are several other medieval structures and ruins, like ancient tombs and a school.
Jama Masjid in Old Dehli, the largest mosque in India.
Baha’i Lotus Temple — beautiful. The temple has 27 petals and is surrounded by 9 blue ponds. The area around is lush green and well-maintained. We went on a day with perfect weather, and admiring the temple and sitting inside was so peaceful.
Agra Fort (Agra) — This is the one time we actually had a guide, and it was really interesting to hear about the uses of the various structures within fort. The fort was built and added to by 4 Mughal rulers.
And of course the Taj Mahal (Agra)!! As Reya and I walked through the beautiful red gates and the Taj Mahal, in all of its majesty, came into view, we both uttered a sustained “wow” at the same time.
There were many more sites that we saw in Delhi, and it was incredibly interesting to get a glimpse at India’s rich and varied history and culture.
Gateway of India (Mumbai), which was constructed when King George V and Queen Mary visited India in 1911
The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel (Mumbai), located next to the Gateway of India. It was one of the sites of the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
A building in Mumbai across the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, a historic railway station.
Daulatabad Fort (Aurangabad) — a 14th century fort city. In 1327, it was made the capital of the Tughlaq dynasty under Muhammad bin Tughluq, and the entire population of Delhi was forcibly moved here.
One of the many beautiful monumental caves of the Ellora Caves in Aurangabad. The Ellora Caves are a series of Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain temples cut out of the rocks of the Charanandri hills. They were constructed during the 6th and 9th centuries.
(P.S. Apologies for not posting in so long! I’ve been meaning to write about out travels to Mumbai + Aurangabad and include photos, but I was having difficulties getting my photos to upload.)