Ya Raj

In the opposite direction from Connaught place is the Indian Government administration housed in some very regal, imperialistic Edwardian buildings, completed just a few short years before India gained independence from the crumbling British Empire. Built to house the British administration as an obvious sign of the wealth and strength of the empire. It’s nice to see these imposing, rather handsome buildings continue to serve their intended purpose, housing the Indian governments administration.

p1060789Here, walking around amongst these imposing dominating structures the sense of scale allows a series of vantages and open, although not elevated, views of the Raj path, a 2km long boulevard linking the administration to the India gate. This open vista really showcases the air pollution that Delhi has become infamous for, the haze reducing the clear visibility to just a few hundred metres, it is so hazy that the rooftops of the administration buildings in the near distance are given a fuzzy finish, an obvious lack of visible detail. The India gate, just 2 km away is almost invisible to the eye from the administrative centre.

The 2km road a great opportunity to stretch the legs in a safe, mostly traffic free location, the wide boulevard flanked with generous lawns and tree lined open spaces in a further imperialistic excess. As much as I appreciate the ability to stretch my legs I find the thick air a little troubling, the visual nature of the smog creating a confronting mental reality, reminding me I’m lucky to just be here a few days.

p1060817I thought it prudent while visiting this area of imposing Imperialistic grandeur to take a short motor rickshaw ride from the regal raj path and India gate to visit one of the men instrumental in liberating India from colonial rule. The former home of Mahatma Ghandi, it now houses a museum curated to his achievements, philosophies and life.

The Ghandi museum was well worth the visit, set in his Delhi residence this comprehensive exhibit was very insightful indeed. Not only into Ghandi as a person but to the political climate leading up to independence and partition.