I had the pleasure to visit India and Maldives with my wife in November 2016 for three weeks. We started off in the nation’s capital, New Delhi. The monuments in the city have beautiful architecture and strong historical background as it was ruled by some of the most powerful emperors in Indian history. For the first timers, traveling around Delhi can be hectic and chaotic but if you give it a chance, you are bound to fall in love.
The best time to visit Qutb Minar is early in the morning, there will be no lines to get behind and you will be able to capture some quality pictures. The Qutb Minar complex consists of ruined tombs and monuments.
The tomb stand in ruins at the rear of the complex, while Altamish is entombed in a magnificent sandstone and marble mausoleum almost completely covered in Islamic calligraphy.
The next stop was India Gate, which is a war memorial located astride the Rajpath, on the eastern edge of the ‘ceremonial axis’ of New Delhi, India, formerly called Kingsway. India Gate is a memorial to 82,000 soldiers of the undivided Indian Army who died in the period 1914–21 in the 1st world war, in France.
Taj Mahal is worth every bit of the hype and is always crowded. Like I mentioned earlier, the best time would be to visit early in the morning. You can either do a day trip from Delhi or spend few days in Agra and explore the ruined city of Fatehpur Sikri or the pilgrimage centre of Mathura.
We visited Agrasen Ki Baoli on our last day and it was quite refreshing to visit a place like this. It is located in New Delhi and was originally built by the legendary king Agrasen. This Baoli, with 108 steps, is among a few of its kind in the city. The visible parts of this historical step well consist of three levels and each level is lined with arched niches on both sides.
Our next stop was Maldives…the place is unreal and pictures don’t do justice. A quick background from the Wikipedia page: Maldives is a South Asian island country, located in the Indian Ocean. It lies southwest of India and Sri Lanka. The chain of twenty six atolls stretches from Ihavandhippolhu Atoll in the north to the Addu City in the south.
Comprising a territory spanning roughly 90,000 square kilometres (35,000 sq mi), the Maldives is one of the world’s most geographically dispersed countries, as well as the smallest Asian country by both land area and population, with a little over 393,500 inhabitants. Malé is the capital and most populated city, traditionally called the “King’s Island” for its central location.
Who wouldn’t love to wake up to this every morning 🙂
One piece of advice, do research thoroughly on the prices as majority of the stuff is imported and hence, there is a lot of tax to be charged.