dimanche 26 avril 2015

A Paris Goth Abroad: Humayun's Tomb

I had to be up in 2 hours, so I went straight to bed... JUST KIDDING! I spent it shivering and texting, duh. It's not like I could sleep. With my luck, I'd wake up the next week. I was still very excited anyway, so at 6:00, I got out of bed, made some tea, and started getting ready. My socks didn't end up drying, but at least I had my makeup bag! I could recycle my clothes but I wasn't about to be faceless in India. I headed down to breakfast where I overheard people slandering me. Apparently I was being picked up with others who were on the same flight and they all waited for me for 2 hours. OOPS! I cheekily introduced myself as the person they were talking about. Their tune changed when I told them my ordeal. Word spread quickly and the sympathy came pouring in. I was suddenly a celebrity! They all said I was handling it well, but I mean... what was I gonna do? Stay mad the entire trip? Uh, no. Now in the company of about 20 others plus the world's best host, I was in an awesome mood. I was so happy to meet my fellow travelers, young and old. My hotel had the most delicious cappuccino I have ever had in my life, too. Did I mention I had never eaten Indian food before? The love affair began when I had my very first meal. I was hooked. I swear, I would kill for some aloo paratha now and forever.

It was time to head out! Since I arrived at night, it was exciting to finally see what the city looked like. It had finally hit me that I was here. I was so elated! First stop was the very imposing India Gate. The Arc de Triomphe will always be my favorite, but India Gate is equally as impressive. It was a lot bigger than I imagined it to be. Like the Arc de Triomphe, it is a war memorial. India Gate honors the soldiers in the British Indian army who died in the First World War.

Next we went to Humayun's Tomb, which in retrospect was a very nice and peaceful oasis in the chaos that is Delhi. We were there early, so we almost had the place to ourselves. Just like the name suggests, this is a giant mausoleum for a dude named Humayun who was a Mughal emperor in the 1500s. I know it is a tomb, but because it is more of a complex, it looks like a palace! It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, if you're into that sort of thing. This is a truly incredible place. The detail is fucking amazing. Humayun's Tomb is one of the first sites built in the Mughal style, which is a blend of Islamic, Persian, and Indian architecture. We would see this type of architecture all throughout India, with one of the more notable examples being something you may have heard of called the Taj Mahal. The charbagh (quadrilateral) gardens reflect the four rivers that flow in jannat, the Islamic concept of paradise. They don't look impressive, but they were an incredible engineering feat at the time. This was one of the first garden tombs on the entire subcontinent. One of my favorite things about this place was that there was red sandstone everywhere. It was so gorgeous! It was unlike anything I had ever seen before. BRB, building a sandstone house. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I will let the photos speak for themselves. We can kick the set off with this one of me wearing some bullshit that looked great in Paris, but was absolutely not suitable for the Delhi heat.

The good news is that due to my clothing choices, I was running on solar energy so I wouldn't even need to eat for the rest of the day. So eco-friendly! On to the tomb. What a beautiful place.

I had never heard of this place before, but I would recommend it to anyone visiting New Delhi. It is really a sight to see. It is so well preserved that it hard to believe it is so old. If you are curious about how Humayun died, he tripped on his robe and hit his head on the edge of some stone. I am not making that up. Anyway, his wife commissioned this place in his honor. It is truly a gem.

I hope y'all have enjoyed these pictures. We had been here for quite a bit, giving everyone else in New Delhi time to wake up. When we stepped out-- well, let's just say I found out just how wild India can really be. LOVED IT!

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