Right after our breakfast , we headed to Akshardham Temple.The temple is divided into two parts. There’s a smaller one behind , where you can enter it since 8.00 am. The main temple, can only be entered at 9.30 am. I would suggest you to reach earlier as there will be long queues for the security check.
The pictures above are actually taken at the smaller temple. The main one i didn’t take any because i wasn’t allowed to. But believe me, the smaller one is pretty enough already but when you see the main one , you won’t believe your eyes! Especially the inner part, where they have statues made with gold.
Akshardham (Gujarati: સ્વામિનારાયણ અક્ષરધામ, Devnagari: स्वामिनारायण अक्षरधाम) is a Hindu temple complex in Delhi, India.Also referred to as Delhi Akshardham or Swaminarayan Akshardham, the complex displays millennia of traditional Hindu andIndian culture, spirituality, and architecture. The building was inspired and developed by Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the spiritual head of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, whose 3,000 volunteers helped 7,000 artisans construct Akshardham
(Adapted from Wikipedia)
The main monument, at the center of the complex, is 141-foot (43 m) high, 316-foot (96 m) wide, and 370-foot (110 m) long,and is covered top to bottom with carved details of flora, fauna, dancers, musicians, and deities.
Designed in accordance with ancient Vedic text known as the Sthapatya Shastra, it features a blend of architectural styles from across India. It is constructed entirely from Rajasthani pink sandstone and Italian Carrara marble, and has no support from steel or concrete. The monument also consists of 234 ornately carved pillars, nine domes, and 20,000 murtis and statues of Hinduism’ssadhus, devotees, and acharyas. The monument also features the Gajendra Pith at its base, a plinth paying tribute to the elephant for its importance in Hindu culture and India’s history. It contains 148 scale sized elephants in total and weighs a total of 3000 tons.
Within the monument, under the central dome, lies a murti or statue of Swaminarayan which is 11-foot (3.4 m) high. The murti is surrounded by similar statues of the gurus of the sect. Each murti is made of paanch dhaatu or five metals in accordance to Hindu tradition. Also within the central monument lie the murtis of other Hindu deities, including Sita Ram, Radha Krishna, Shiv Parvati, andLakshmi Narayan.
(adapted from Wikipedia)
Found these online , but you should totally go India and see the real thing yourself, It’s amazing.
After the visit tot he amazing Aksharham Temple, we hop on the van can headed to Jaipur.
Delhi -> Jaipur
It took us 5 hours to reach Jaipur. We knew we were gonna be late for our reserved lunch , and so our driver dropped us at a restaurant/hotel before reaching Jaipur. There’s a lot to see along the way to Jaipur , i don’t even have the time to sleep. You will have the chance to see farmhouses , some mini morning market, camels , lorries (lots of it ! ) , villagers , fields and wheat !
My lunch . Part of it actually haha !
This sign is very normal in Indian, you will see it behind every lorries. I must say, they enjoy honking . Not sure who started the culture, but you will eventually get used to it like i did. I even missed it a little when i came back to Malaysia. Felt a little uneasy about it. Everywhere they go , they honk. Sometimes to inform the car in front (or side) their existence, but sometimes for fun! Like seriously..
Honk here , honk there , everywhere honk honk!
Cow dungs for their roof.
An example of well decorated lorry. Not sure it’s religious reasons or culture but the Indians really love to decorate their lorry. Everywhere you will see them driving their big lorries or trucks, that are well decorated with cans, drawings etc. I kinda like the idea, instead of seeing dull , plain lorries everywhere in the road, this actually makes people enjoy driving! Especially during the jam !
The kids we met at the Aksharham Temple. They were very excited when they saw us . Kept saying Hello or Hi and waved at us ! Very , very friendly kids.
Was amazed by the beauty of Jaipur. We were welcomed by the beauty of lake palace, a white marble palace situated in the middle of man made lake.
We then stopped by at Lake Palace for a quick touristy picture.
It was built by the Royal family as a summer palace, but now they turned it into hotel. Hotel guests can reach there with boat service offered by the hotel. Built with white marble, on the Jag Niwas island.
According to Wikipedia , the “Royal Butlers” working in the hotel are descendants of the original palace retainers. WOW !
This is also the very first place we met so many tourists as Akshardham Temple is actually quite new, not many travel company is offering tour to there yet. So we were stunned by the amount of tour buses there . We thought we weren’t in India anymore.
So after this hectic day we finally reach our hotel , Jaipur Palace. It’s quite a old hotel, and their buffet doesn’t have much choices. But they serve good mutton !
Day 2 has come to an end. I shall end this post with a beautiful sunset.
Taken at the balcony of my room !