India Republic Day

We spent the morning celebrating Republic Day in central Delhi. It was a lavish and amazing parade of military, provincial floats and countless bands.

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It was a great experience…except cameras and cell phones were forbidden.  I had to get some shots off the Internet to show what it was like:

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They even showed off their latest version (Agni V) of their medium range ballistic missile (nuclear) which caught the attention of many in the press.  The security for getting a seat in the parade was extreme.  I was patted down 3 separate times and they even took away my lip balm.  I was forced to go into a separate line “because I have a beard” and that made me suspicious….

Later, in the afternoon, we went to visit Ghandi’s memorial by taking off our shoes and entering the park.

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We then went to visit the largest mosque in India.  The Jama Masjid is near old Delhi and also overlooks the Red Fort.

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We old took a few outside pictures as they wanted a large sum to take a camera inside.  The Jama Masjid is near old Delhi and also overlooks the Red Fort.

Being a westerner, we were a huge attraction to many people who have never seen or met a Caucasian. They gathered in large numbers whenever we stopped and just wanted to look (stare).  The mosque is a very popular destination for tourists and locals…we just have a more spacious bus than the locals.

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Last, we went to check out Humayun’s tomb which is a huge garden and complex that became an inspirational design for the later Taj Mahal.  This is a great example of the Mughal empire’s influence of India’s history and architecture.

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….before we headed back to the hotel, we spent a little more time in Old Delhi by taking a rickshaw through the area…it is amazing the sights you see every 30 seconds.  The shock and awe never ends…

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(Great way to spend a national holiday in India)

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One Response to India Republic Day

  1. Richard Fuller says:

    David, thank you for summarizing our trip so beautifully. I concur with all of your comments. Our tour guide Munish did a wonderful job handling our group and keeping us safe. I highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in exploring India and Nepal. An incredible experience!

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