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Here I am bringing to you one of the most cherished chapters of my life.
It all started in October 2016……
I reached the Mumbai railway station just in time to board my train to Delhi.
I could hear my heart pumping at a pace faster than the light’s speed.
I did not know whether it was due to the sheer ecstasy of travelling around my hometown (Panipat) on the CHANGE bike
or it was the dubiety of accomplishing my dreams.
Then I looked at my neatly packed Bike and began to let go of all my apprehensions.
I just could not wait to paddle my ways through the streets of Delhi.
It is the place where I have spent the formative years of my life and going to my college on this Bike is an experience that
will be etched in my memory forever.
I have many more such delightful memories which I will be sharing with you through the following illustrative snaps.
Zip, Zap, Zoom and I have kicked away the gloom.
Compactly packed my cycle for my Mumbai to Delhi travel.
One of the best features of the CHANGE Bike.
At the Railway station platform.
Admiring my treasure.
My CHANGE Bike is travelling in train.
Butterflies in my stomach!!
I am unable to keep my eyes off the Bike despite the picturesque view outside.
Traversing through the surrounding countryside.
I guess, It would not to hurt to take a selfie.
Finally have made it to Delhi.
~1500 km! Woo Hoo..!!
Journey started from home. Woke up at 5:30 am. Excited to explore the streets of Delhi.
What could be a better companion than my very own CHANGE bike…!!!
Sun may not be up yet but people are already on their way to work.
Welcome to Delhi!!
The wide roads!!! ….hit the 30 km/h mark!
25 km down. Standing in front of one of the oldest structures in the country, the Old Delhi railway station.
Standing tall since 1864.
Originally built by the British government, the Indian government renovates it regularly.
Across the road, is the largest monument of India named Red Fort.
Prime minister hoists the national flag every year on Independence day, 15th of August at Red Fort.
Constructed in 1648 by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, it is enlisted as a UNESCO World heritage site.
A major tourist attraction!
Red Fort view through CHANGE bike frame.
Rani Avantibai Lodhi, queen of Ramgarh State in central India,
is remembered for her valiant fight against the British during the 1857 War of Independence.
Next stop was the Chandni Chowk market.
Though famous for everything from street food to clothes,
luckily I could buy CHANGE Bike accessories at unbelievable prices!
My mom is a good cook and one thing is common in my Mom and NATRAJ is their dahi bhallas.
They always made my day.. hardly I tasted better dahi bhallas than this place..
one more thing to be described as favorites is their Aloo tikki, this is absolutely classy.. that is so crisp..!!
A holy place, Established in 1783 by Baghel Singh to commemorate the martyrdom site the ninth Sikh Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur.
Just right about the corner is Shri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir. Known for 17th century old avian veterinary hospital.
300 m away from Jain Temple, is the majestic Jama Masjid. It is the largest mosque in the country.
It is also a part of the centuries old culture of India.
By now I am sure, you know that the city is indeed the ‘capital’ of India.
The rich infrastructure is no less than an archeologist’s wonderland.
Raj Ghat is a memorial to the great Mahatma Gandhi. Let me give you an exclusive sneak-peek!
The motorcycle...no match for my CHANGE bike!
Beauty of Rajghat-The lush gardens are a sight worth visiting.
Rajghat ‘s Cafeteria- You can get here Chinese, South Indian and North Indian food…!!
One of the top attractions for people from foreign land.
A black marble platform marks the spot of Mahatma Gandhi's cremation.
It is left open to the sky while an eternal flame burns perpetually at one end.
Kishan Ghat is the place of ex-Prime minister Chaudhary Charan Singh's cremation.
Inscriptions in Rajghat
In Oriya, the native language of Orissa, India.
In Tamil, the native language of Tamil Nadu, India
On my way also visited Humayun's tomb .
The first garden-tomb of the nation. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.
Met an elephant on the way to Akshardham .
Reached Akshardham temple
Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Delhi, India, is the world's largest comprehensive Hindu temple.
It measures 356 ft (109 m) long, 316 ft (96 m) wide and 141 ft (43 m) high, covering an area of 86,342 sq ft (8,021.4 m2).
The grand hand-carved stone temple has been built without structural steel was built over five years by 11,000 artisans and volunteers.
The temple is also mentioned in Guinness World Records.
My pride stands tall..!!
Pose with CHANGE Bike..!!
A great endaevour by the Delhi government. A track solely for cyclists.
Met an old friend after long time. She couldn’t resist posing with it !
Commonwealth Games Village
It was the residence for athletes participating in the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
The village is spread over an area of 63.5 hectares (157 acres).
Metro Station !!
Your shadow will never leave you alone.
The India Gate, ( All India War Memorial)
It would be unfair if I didn’t give you a glimpse into the significance of this monument.
India Gate is a memorial to 82,000 soldiers of the undivided Indian Army who died in the period
1914–21 in the First World War, in France, Flanders, Mesopotamia, Persia, East Africa,
Gallipoli and elsewhere in the Near and the Far East, and the Third Anglo-Afghan War.
13,300 servicemen's names, including those from United Kingdom, are inscribed on the gate.
Me with bike…waiting for the sun to set soon in the backdrop of India gate.
Escaping traffic the smart way !
Delhi, also popular for its traffic!
Pigeons….stopped here for a while to catch my breath and feed them.
Next stop was the Lotus temple
The Lotus Temple, is a Bahá'í House of Worship completed in 1986.
Notable for its flowerlike shape, it serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent.
The Lotus Temple is open to all, regardless of religion.
Check out some clicks along the street.
On the way, Delhi University South Campus.
CHANGE bike will take care of your Safety
Hungryyyy!! Enjoyed momos!
The Vrihat Samrat yantra is a sundial that can give the local time to an accuracy of 2 seconds.
The primary purpose of the observatory was to compile astronomical tables,
and to predict the times and movements of the sun, moon and planets.
Infrastructure of Samrat Yantra
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. A holy place.
Beauty of Bangla Sahib
Returning home after the long day.
Couldn’t wait to reach home. Ate some yummy food at ‘Dhaba’ (local eateries along roadside)
Some lights along the way. It was the occasion of Diwali, a festival celebrated all across the country.
Overview of my Journey from Delhi (India’s capital) to Panipat (Home town) on my CHANGE bike.
I enjoyed the whole day.