DELHI - FEBRUARY 2008
New Delhi was built between 1911 and 1931 as the new capital of India. The main architect was Edwin Luytens, who combined Western Classicism with Indian decorative motifs. The result is a somehow unique combination of classical form and English manner!
"INDIA GATE is a large war memorial, which was first dedicated to the members of the British Indian Army who lost their lives fighting in World War I and in the Third Afghan War. Since 1971, after the Indo-Pakistan war, it hosts the site of Indian Army's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Amar Jawan Jyoti - the flame of the immortal warrior"
"CANOPY - King George V had his statue installed here in 1936 after his death"
"VIJAY CHOWK - From the Victory Square one has a great view towards the Raisina Hill and the Government buildings. Left the South Block, hosting External Affairs and Defense ministries; right, the North Block, hosting Finance and Home ministries"
"SANSAD BHAVAN - The round building seen on the photo houses the Parliament of India, at the continuation of Vijay Chowk"
"RAJPATH - Running from the Presidential Palace to the National Stadium through the India Gate, the Rajpath (King's Way) is a two-mile long avenue used for the ceremonial purposes, and the most important stretch of road in India. On January 26 - Republic Day - an important parade takes place on its grounds"
"NORTH BLOCK - The blocks are also named Secretariat Buildings"
"IRON GATES - It's said that Luytens copied them from some he saw in Chiswick, England!"
"RASHTRAPATI BHAVAN - The Presidential Palace was the former Viceroy's House. With 340 rooms, it's the largest residence of any President in the world! In front of the palace stands the Jaipur column"
"PHOTO OPPORTUNITY - And in front of the gate everybody takes a picture..."
"SOUTH BLOCK - On the back side of the South Block, the Offices of the Prime Minister may be found"
"NATIONAL MUSEUM - Five millennia of Indian history can be explored at the museum, a quite impressive one"
"CONNAUGHT PLACE, officially known as Rajeev Chowk, is the financial centre of Delhi. Created in 1932 by Robert Tor Russell, chief architect to the Government of India, and modeled after the Royal Crescent in Bath, England, it's immediately recognizable on any map of Delhi as the big circle with radial roads spreading out in all directions. Eight separate roads lead out from Connaught's inner circle and twelve different roads lead out from Connaught Circus, the outer ring"
"SUNSET at Connaught Place"