India Gate - Delhi

Lutyens Delhi is a place of purposeful rationality; well laid out, broad boulevards lined with extremely expensive bungalows spread out from India Gate. India Gate is one of those monuments where people from all over India and visitors form the rest of the world, congregate. Lutyens designed India Gate to honour the Indian soldiers who died in the First World War. It looks a bit severe with touches of Fascist architecture but, on each stone, are the names off fallen soldiers, and their regiments.

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India Gate - Buddhist Monks
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India Gate - Traditional Jewellery
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Delhi - India Gate
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Humayun's Tomb

In Delhi, the Tomb of Human, 1569 to 1570, is a Mughal structure in red stone. It is know as the predecessor of the Taj Mahal because of this ornate style, which was later perfected in the Taj Mahal.

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Humayun's Tomb

The tomb itself sits inside a restrained interior and is finely carved from white marble.

The blinding light from outside gives a very spiritual white background to the interior through the arch.

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Jama Masjid Mosque

The Jama Masjid Mosque of 1650 is one of the largest in India. It is a beautiful building with a fine central square with features a bath for ritual cleansing before prayer.

Men keep the square clean by whipping the dust into piles using long rags which they rotate in a fast dancing whirl.

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Jama Masjid Mosque
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Jama Masjid Mosque
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Delhi - Spice Market

The smell of spices is overwhelming;  masala-dust lingers in the air causing an outbreak of sneezing. Underfoot, there is a thick patina of dried husks and hemp from the sacks used to transport the spices. A secret stairway leads up to the top level giving on to an amazing view of the market square. Roof terraces have washing draped to dry, a man sleeps on a drying mound of cardamon pods and a bitch, lying in the shade feed her puppies. The walls are of distressed blues, greens, lilacs and terracottas.

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Delhi - Spice Market
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Delhi - Spice Market
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Delhi - Spice Market
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Delhi - Spice Market
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