September 22 2004
In the morning, after taking breasfast, we take commemorative photographs in the inner court
Photo-1 Mineko and I
Photo-2 Mineko and Mrs. Mori
Although we were given instructions by the guide book never not only to drink unboiled raw water, including fresh vegitable salad washed by fresh water, but alse to swim in the pool of hotel. I am really amazed to see an aged white-haired Caucasian local, probably Brit, swimming at a smart pace and returning on the pool side as if absolutely nothing had happened. They are undaunted, indeed,
compared with post-WW2 Japanese. ;)
Doorman in Indian style is gorgeous, elegant and gentle.
Today Mineko and I are taking concerted tour with our guide Mr. Mahajan. Firstly we visit Purana Qila, the inner citadel of the city of Dina-panah, founded by the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun in 1533 and completed five years later (Wikipedia site).
Photo-3 Qila-i-Kuhna Mosque
Photo-5 ditto, inside
Photo-6 ditto, in combined panoramic view. In the right end, supreme court and convention center (whitish and grayish building) are seen in the distance
Photo-7 Sher Mandal, octagonal tower which was used as a library by Humayun after he recaptured the fort from Suri Empire (Sher Shah and successors)
National Museum has contents too abundant to digest by a few hours visit. Shooting with camera is not prohibited but charged (pragmatic approach, indeed. Foreigner 150 Rupee/person, Foreigner with camera shooting 300 Rupee/person)
Photo-1 External view of the museum
Photo-2 Edicts of Ashoka, a collection of inscriptions made by the Emperor Ashoka of the Mauryan dynasty during his reign from 272 to 231 BC and represent the first tangible evidence of Buddhism, displayed in the front court
Photo-2 ditto, explanation
Photo-3 Stupa casing slab, 1-2 century AD
Photo-4 ditto, explanation
Photo-5 Buddha statue under the influence of Hellenism (Gandhara)
Photo-8 Buddha's ashes (cremains)
Photo-10 Room of treasures, under tight security guard
[Second floor-Military and Maritime]
Photo-14 Uniform of proudy West India Compary
Photo-16 INS Delhi (INS Indian Navy Ship, HMS Her Majesty's Ship), first commissioned destroyer in 1948.
Photo-17 Navigational instruments
The final destination in the current tour is Central Cottage Industries Emporium (Front facade
), catering to tourist market and operated
by the Government of India, with fabrics, saris, jewelry, sculptures and much more at a fixed price. I purchase two candleholders, in gold and oxidized silver color, for the dark and tranquil atmosphere on the dining table back in my home. Yes, I love candle lights at dinner, at liberty from daytime medical service, with background music of Bach and other baroque music, Mozart, etc. streaming from Tannoy speakers. Candleholders are extremely expensive in Tokyo, because many are authentic antique ones, whereas they are high-volume utility product by low wage and extraordinarily affordable here.
After returning to our hotel, we explore the shops under the ground, and after scrutiny I purchase collapsible Indian chair with hand-made painting of maharaja on the elephant (1,545 Rupee) and window-like wall-hanging with hand-made painting (2,236 Rupee) at Taj Khazana (eventually charged to my visa card 9,285 Yen), which the attending clerk assures us "Carry-on baggage absolutely ei O.K."
We check out at the lobby and head for Indira Gandhi International Airport at 15:15 (Code DEL, Lobby of airport), where I purchase a book at a commissary store, entitled "Shock and Awe! joke book" with Foreplay by Suhel Seth (Roli Book, New Delhi, 2003. ISBN 81-7436-270-3, 200 Rupee!). We board on Indian Air AI304 and take off at 20:25 to retun to TKO.
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