It had been five years since my previous visit to Delhi, India.
The New Delhi airport was looking kind of same, but the air outside was different. I realized the foggy sceneries which I had wondered in the recent hindi film Rajma Chawal from 2018 had actually been the real Delhi. And then I remembered the video I had seen in Twitter last winter, where the winter fog in Delhi had once been so bad that cars were crashing to each other.
Luckily this time the Delhi winter fog and smog were not that bad. Though later on my continuing flight from Delhi was delayed with couple of hours. The reason being the fog only.
Otherwise in January Delhi was chilling cold and warm clothes and winter jackets were needed. I found Christmas decoration like Christmas tree and reindeers with the sledge by the road to the airport. What a nice way to greet the tourist and cheer up the landscape!
Since I was travelling early morning, no traffic jams were met. Most of the motorcycle and scooter drivers were wearing helmets for their protection, but many passengers were still lacking those.
The stadium building in Delhi was a new sight to me. Find the stadium, the good old rickshaws and other means of public transport together with some chilly Delhi winter scenes from January 2019 with the fog and smog here in this video, and subscribe INDIVUE for more travel and art to come!
Last week I had the joy and honor to experience the Incredible India Road Show in Helsinki, Finland and update my knowledge about the travel destinations and other travel related issues concerning India.
After 13 years of blogging in Finnish and in English, especially about Goa, India and the Indian art and culture and Bollywood, I was happy to hear that there is a huge growth in India with tourist arrivals from Nordic countries.
It was told that travelling to India is becoming easier: There is now E-visa for 166 countries with 60 days validity and some single entries can be converted to double/triple entries and extending E-visa is also possible for various segments like tourist, medical and business.
And nowadays India has also got some tourist friendly initiatives like 24/7 toll free multilingual tourist helpline and India is also a Wi-Fi enabled tourist destination in railway stations and airports.
Delhi, being the capital of India, is one of its fastest growing cities and from Delhi you can get almost anywhere in India, by road, air and railways.
Delhi itself is divided into two, the new and the old Delhi, and you can see the remains of seven important capitals there, like Shahjahanabad and Qutub Minar, on which the modern day Delhi is built.
Here’s a glimpse of Indian traffic in Delhi going smoothly during a rush hour.
After watching this video, more YouTube videos will follow. You might also be interested in other Indivue videos about India – they are authentic scenes with authentic sounds from all around India – find it in The Real India Short Cut
India is a huge country, consisting of 29 states and 7 union territories.
So far I’ve visited some ten of them states of India, and it is really a fascinating dream to think of travelling and experiencing all of them Indian states and photograph them.
And no, I would not call it an unrealistic dream, since it was possible to see all the Goan beaches as well, as you can read from the linked article.
But since travelling all around India would be taking so much time and money, as well as lots of arrangements and courage, I decided, for the time being, to collect an instaimage gallery of all the states of India in order to have a quick look at them through the eyes of those who have already been there or are there at the moment, instagramming.
That will make a nice visual adventure to India, so do check the links below and get yourself an instant experience of all the Indian states and union territories. Something unexpectable might also be meeting your eyes. – Otherwise, why would they call it an incredible India.
So do stay tuned for more Indivue art and travel tips to come, from India, Europe, and hopefully later, the rest of the world!
In the photomontage below you can see some of the famous sights in New Delhi like what the Indiagate looks like in the daylight or in the evening, or for example, how do the facades of Red Fort, Lotus Temple, Humayun’s Tomb,Qutub Minar and Swaminarayan Akshardham look like, or the entrance of Dilli Haat.
Indiagate, Lotus Temple, Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar are very photogenic sights for which it is good to reserve time well enough to look around and also wear good walking shoes.
I could also add the Hauz Khas Village, where I must say you need to be careful with your photography, because some boutique owners there do not allow photos to be taken, where as Swaminarayan Akshardham is a place where photography is totally forbidden. Swaminarayan Akshardham tells about the history of Hindus in an aesthetically appealing way, and is really a place worth visiting in Delhi.
National museum in New Delhi tells about the history of India with archeological findings and art handicrafts. Photography was allowed when I visited. Crafts Museum is a lighter version of Indian handicrafts in a museum, presenting really awesome works, and there’s also a nice restaurant by it, making unique Indian food worth mentioning.
Dilli Haat presents also Indian art and handicrafts in addition to food from all of the states in India, which makes it a very special sight to be seen in New Delhi.
For brandshoppers the Connaught Place in the centre of New Delhi is the place not to be missed and the real shopping heaven is the shopping mall DLF Promenade in Vasant Kunj.