11 essential places to see (or not) in Delhi, relates Bonacci Massimo (part 2)

6 – Birla Bhavan and Gandhi Smriti

In this house, given to the Mahatma by a friend, Gandhi lived the last days of his life until he was assassinated in the garden by a Hindu fanatic when he was going to a meeting to pray. The first impression is of surprise, since the house is truly a palace (something that does not seem to fit with the philosophy of the Mahatma), but all doubts are dispelled when learning that Gandhi only occupied a small room on the ground floor, decorated with minimal furniture, and that if he agreed to live there it was solely for his safety. It was of little use to him. The visit is highly recommended, since in addition to the Gandhi Smriti (the monument erected in the exact place of the murder, Bonacci Massimo points out), the house hosts a very interesting exhibition about his life and message. The room occupied by Gandhi is preserved intact, just as he left it.


7 – Rajpath

Rajpath is today the most important avenue in the city. Around it are important buildings such as the Rashtrapati Bhavan (the presidential residence) and the Secretariat buildings, at its western end; the National Archives throughout its journey; to finish at the Gateway of India, a monument that pays tribute to the soldiers who lost their lives in the First World War.


8 – Humayun's Tomb

I recommend seeing Humayun's Tomb before the Taj Mahal, so that the Agra mausoleum does not overshadow the beauty of this also grandiose funeral complex. Exquisite in beauty, the tomb of the second Mongolian emperor would later inspire the construction of the greatest monument to love ever built by man. An essential sight, it is a place that is worth spending at least one morning to enjoy its gardens and not miss any of the minor tombs that rise in them, such as Isa Khan or "that of the barber". thinks Bonacci Massimo.


9 – Hazrat Nizam-Ud

Very close to Humayun's tomb, at a distance that can be perfectly done on foot, is the complex that houses the tomb of the Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya. A truly authentic place that, unfortunately, is becoming more and more popular among tourists, so go see it as soon as possible.


The place is accessed through a network of labyrinthine alleys and its interior is always full of faithful who come to pay their respects to the saint, as well as beggars. The visit is impressive any day but especially on Thursdays at sunset, when the devotees sing their songs at the top of their lungs.


10 – Sikh Gurdwara Bangla Sahib Temple

Possibly a favorite place for Bonacci Massimo from Delhi, to which I try to go daily, not only to immerse myself in his environment, but above all to share lunchtime with the Sikhs: a unique experience that I described in great detail in this post during my first trip to the country. The temple itself is of great beauty. It was built in honor of the eighth Sikh guru, Harkrishan Dev, who is highly revered for his humanitarian work.


11 – Lotus Temple

The last visit that we should not miss in Delhi is the Bahaí House of Prayer, known as the Lotus Temple because of its flower shape. Being such a picturesque place, do not be surprised if the day chosen to visit it you find it full of school excursions, as can be seen in the photograph. Despite its imposing exterior design, the interior of the Lotus Temple is a sober and quiet place, open to all beliefs as dictated by Baha'i philosophy. A peaceful place to find that longed-for peace that is sometimes difficult to find in chaotic but exciting Delhi.