Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Christ Church, Melaka, Malaysia


Oldest Surviving Dutch Church Overseas!


Christ Church is the oldest Protestant church in MalaysiaIt's located at Dutch Square, also known as Red Square. This church is one of the main attraction of Melaka. It was originally built in 1753 by Dutch. The bricks used for the construction of the church were specially brought from Holland and walls were not plastered in original structure as you see them today. 

Christ Church
However, Britishers plastered all the walls and painted it light maroon. And later on Malaysian government decided to painted it dark maroon as we see it today. 

Overall the church is very well maintained. Although it is older than 200 years but still being used for worship. You can attend the service on Sunday. 

The Christ church symbolizes the Dutch rule of Malacca. The architecture of the church resembles those back in Netherlands. Near to the church building stands a miniature wind mill to further illustrate the city's link to Dutch.

Queen Victoria Water Fountain 
Of course, this place is one of the most scenic part of Malacca. You will find beautifully decorative rickshaw near to the church as well which makes this entire place more colorful. At the weekend nights the opposite side of the river comes alive with the market called Jonker Street Night Market. 

There are few dislikes as well. First, although it's historical site but you will find traffic all around. Malaysian government should not allow private vehicles here. It really gets messy, you could be stuck in traffic jam for some frustrating time. Second, being a religious place this place deserve to be peaceful but opposite is true. You will hear very loud music from the rickshaws and near by hawkers

You will like the place only if you wish to see a very old architecture. Don't expect this church to drop your jaw, you will be disappointed! And also don't be disappointed if you find it closed for the day. In both cases picture from outside looks more fabulous!

How To Go To Christ Church

Well to be very frank it's next to impossible to miss this place. 

Decorated Rickshaw 
The tourism office and the stadthuys is situated just next of this beautiful building. This church is one of the highlights of Melaka and a post card image of Melaka tourism. Make sure it's in your list of things to do in Malacca!

Happy travelling...

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Delhi, India


The City Of Cities - Delhi

Why Was It On My List?

Delhi is the capital, microcosm and vibrant melting pot of India. Delhi is one of the leading cities in world. It is said to be 5000 years and is one of the oldest habitat-ed city along with Varanasi and Jerusalem. Delhi was destroyed and rebuilt 11 times during these 5000 years. Delhi has been a very important city for different empires if Delhi falls ruler falls, if Delhi holds ruler shines. 

Delhi
It's one of my favorite city to get hungry! The biggest disadvantage of being born in such a historical city, you become very choosy of food, culture and tourist places. Such choices make you very picky, creating a trouble for your own good when travelling other not so privileged cities around the India or world! 

Delhi can be divided into two parts. Old Delhi, capital of Muslim India and New Delhi, capital during British Raj of India. The architectural style of these two parts is completely different. At one side you will find beautiful Islamic architectures and on the another side, you will find grand British style buildings.  

Delhi is home to many great monuments which includes temples, gardens, museums, colorful open air markets and the list goes on and on. It's really very hard to visit all tourist places in shorter period of time unless you plan to stay at least a week or so. 


Things to do or visit in Delhi 

Delhi is one of the most historic capital of world. Following is my pick of tourist places to visit, feel free to add !
  • India Gate
  • Lotus Temple
  • Red Fort
  • Akshardam Temple
  • Qutab Minar
  • Humayun's Tomb
  • National Zoological Park
  • Jama Masjid 
  • Laxminarayan Temple
  • Gurdwara Bangla Sahib
  • Jantar Mantar
  • Mausoleum of Ghiyath al-Din Tughluq
  • Lodhi Gardens
  • Safdarjung's Tomb
  • Purana Qila
  • Sansad Bhavan 
  • Rashtrapati Bhavan
  • Raj Ghat
  • Chandni Chowk
  • Doll Museum
  • Adventure Theme Park 
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Transportation

The public transportation service of Delhi is getting better day by day. The city bus service includes three kind of buses. Low floor red color buses are fitted with air conditioners where as low floor green color buses are without air conditioners and low floor/normal floor orange buses are private companies buses without any air conditioners. As far as the ticket prices are concerned red color low floor bus is the most expensive one. You can get a pass for 50 Rs which will be valid for entire day unlimited rides but note that daily passes are not valid if you happen to choose orange color bus service.

For tourism purpose Delhi government started a bus service called "HoHo" buses (hop on hop off). These buses go to all tourist places in Delhi. Ticket is bit expensive but saves lots of head ache at the end of the day.

Taxis and Autos are easily available at your call. However, the transportation mean which I like the most in Delhi is of course Metro rail service. It's a huge network and still growing. You should be able to find your destination on it's map. If so, Metro should be your choice of travelling.   

Stay

There are places to stay all over the city. You can find the one suiting your choice without much of pain but most of the tourists stay at one of three places, namely, Pahargang, Old Delhi and Karol Bagh. Paharganj should be place for your stay, if you are looking for low budget hotels. It got many backpacker's hotel. Place is easy to find as it is well known tourist pocket near to the New Delhi railway station. If you are looking for mid range hotel with peace surrounding Karol Bagh is the one you should be heading for room. And if you are adventurous then you should be looking for a room in Old Delhi area.  

Food

Indian's first love is street food. The menu is only limited to one's imagination and food is not for light hearted :) If you plan to travel India, it is advisable to make your self used of tasty spicy food. The Indian food you eat outside of India is just a tip of iceberg. Kebab, biryani and tandoori are just part of menu here instead of being complete menu in themselves. For vegetarians, I think India is the only place in the world where a person can remain vegetarian for his entire life and still spoiled with choices. Pay a visit to Chandni Chowk market if you wish to try some great street food.    

Happy travelling...