I woke up at 7.30 AM only to see Neetha sleeping sound wrapped in her blanket. I opened the door to see whether it was still raining as it was raining heavy last night. It wasn’t raining, but the weather was cloudy and pleasant. By the time I entered back the room, Neetha was awake. I told her to get ready and we would be going to the place which no Delhiite would miss in such a pleasant weather.
We quickly freshened and were out on the roads. I told the cab-driver to leave us at the North Block of the Secretariat building. Neetha didn’t ask where we were heading to and that’s the best part of her, she love surprises. The driver left us at the North Block and I explained her about the various departments and all. By this time Neetha could see where we have come to or the place we headed to. We started walking along the road leading to the India Gate which is like a km walk from the North Block. As the weather was pleasant, many families were out there with their children, some having their breakfast sitting on the lawns, while some were playing, cycling, and some youngsters running, playing cricket and football etc.
India gate, designed by Edwin Lutyens, located at the heart of Delhi is a 42 m high, and “Arc-de-Triomphe” like archway. It commemorates the 70000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army during the World War I. It also bears the names of more than 13516 British and Indian soldiers killed in the Northwestern Frontier in the Afghan war of 1919. The eternal flame Amar Jawan Jyoti burns day and night under the arch to remind the nation of soldiers who laid down their lives in the Indo-Pak War of Dec 1971.
We walked around the memorial and passed through the lawns to reach the road leading to the Andhra Bhavan to have our breakfast. Andhra Bhavan which is one among the many other buildings dedicated to the respective states in Delhi, offers the visitors the taste of Andhra cuisine. We ordered our breakfast which comprised of a Masala Dosa, a Idli and a vada with two different chutneys and sambar along with a choice of tea and coffee. After finishing off the breakfast we headed to Connaught Place (CP), one of the Delhi’s most popular shopping places.
We decided to go to Palika Bazaar first. This is a underground, air-conditioned market located below the inner circle of CP, and is famous for cheap electronic goods and clothes. After a hard bargain, Neetha struck a deal with a shop-keeper selling hand-bags and bought two for her mom and my mom. We roamed a little around the complex and walked towards the inner circle of CP.
Connaught Place, named after the Duke of Connaught, this market was designed by Robert Tor Russell in collaboration with WH Nicholls. Built in 1931, this still continues to be Delhi’s premier shopping destination. A horseshoe-shaped market has two circles each circle divided into blocks and has several brand houses and eating-houses. We hit the Costa Coffee outlet and sipped a hot cappuccino before we chalked out our next plan. The clock ticked 10 AM 🙂 🙂
Where next? 😉 😀