Visit to India  
I visited India in October 2002 for professional training under the aegis of the Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL). One week was spent at the factory in Hyderabad and one week in New Delhi on industrial tour. ECIL is one of the many government-owned companies of India and the premises of such companies and institutions are under tight military security control, so no photography is allowed inside except for official photos. Even in some public parks and gardens, you have to pay an extra entrance fee for your camera if you want to take pictures inside.

Mauritius is populated with many people who originate from India. Most of them visit India to shop for ladies' garments and jewellery because they are much cheaper there. The purchases are meant for their own use, especially if they are planning a wedding, or, as is being more usually the case nowadays, for selling in small shops which they have set up or from door to door. They come to know practically all the shopping malls and make acquaintance with the shopkeepers with which they establish good contact.

Other Mauritians go to India on pilgrimage as there are many sacred places and temples there, for university studies, and medical treatment. Very few will think of visiting India as a tourist to see the Taj Mahal or other such well-known monuments and places.

The food in typical Indian restaurants is very good, but very hot and spicy; so you have to be accustomed to this type of food otherwise you may end up with stomach or bowels troubles. Also there is a lot of dust in the cities and all vehicles keep sounding their horn when they are moving. Traffic in the main cities is always dense and everybody seems to be permanently in hurry - cars, rickshaws, scooters, lorries and bicycles keep zig-zagging along to move forward. But, although the pattern appears to be a reckless one, there seems to be a secret code of understanding linking all drivers, because there are rarely any spectacular or serious accidents.

A very brief tour of Hyderabad and New Delhi follows. Many thanks to ECIL who organised the training and the tours and made my stay in India pleasant, safe, instructive and free
Hyderabad is the capital of the state of Andhra Pradesh and is the fifth largest city in India. Major industries, educational institutions and important research and training centres are located in this city as well as museums, art galleries and places of worship. In India, the city of Hyderabad is the nerve-centre of pearl trading and has been acclaimed as one of the principal markets in the world. The main languages spoken here are Telugu, Urdu, Hindi and English.

The Charminar, famous landmark in Hyderabad.

The Town Hall.

The National Fisheries Development Board Building.

Hussain Sagar lake near the Tank Bund promenade.

Monolith of Buddha at the centre of the lake.

Shopping street in Hyderabad.

The cycle rickshaw.

Cattle on the road - a common sight in India.

Life size statue - tourist attraction at an artificial village.
New Delhi is the capital of India and the epicentre of power. The country's finest museums are all in New Delhi. Boutiques and shopping arcades overflow with goods. Every state of the country has its own emporium in Delhi where one can select handicrafts, textiles and jewellery of that particular region. There are restaurants galore, well laid out parks and gardens which burst into a myriad colours every spring. The main languages spoken here are Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu and English.

The Rashtrapati Bhavan, official residence of the President of India.

India Gate, a war memorial in honour of Indian soldiers
who lost their lives in World War 1.

Red Fort, a colossal structure of red sandstone,
was the seat of Mughal power.

The Samadhi (cremation site) of Mahatma Gandhi in Raj Ghat park.

The Humayun Moghul tomb - considerd as the mini Taj Mahal.

The Qutub Minar, a 72-metre high red stone tower.

The Iron Pillar next to the Qutub Minar.

The Jama Masjid (Mosque).

Jantar Mantar Complex - an ancient observatory.

Birla Mandir, Hindu place of worship.

Lotus Temple, the Bahai House of Worship.

Entrance to the Palika Bazar - a vast underground shopping mall.

A busy shopping street in Karol Baagh.
Other places visited on previous trips

Splendid Taaj Mahal in Aagra, not far from New Delhi.

The Golden Temple, Sikh place of worship, in Amritsar.

The Gateway of India in Bombay (now Mumbai).

Marine Drive promenade in Bombay.
July 2014

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