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Hey Guys

As much as I've read the Delhi forum, reading recommendations about places in Delhi, I've noticed no one ever has recommended Akshardham Temple. I bet anyones ever been there too.

IMO, Akshardham Temple is a superb spot for experiencing Indian Culture and Ethics, heritage etc. Its a new spot, plus a little remote (its in East Delhi, no tourists even look there, its all CP and South), but trust me, I feel it is one of the best tourist spots in Delhi.

I have many friends from Europe who come and to Delhi, they stay at my place and I make sure they enjoy Delhi. At the end of their India 2-3 month trip (out of which about 10 days is Delhi), they end up saying Delhi was the best. But here from what I read, tourists hate Delhi.

So dear Delhites, we all love the city more than we can ever imagine, and thats what makes us so special, please recommend spending more time in Delhi. And obviously Akshardham to tourists who ask for Delhi tourist spots.

Also, Delhi has the image of being a transit point, so tourists only spend 1-3 days, and then end up complaining about how dirty/crowded the city is. Delhi is a HUGE city, its 2.5 times the size of Mumbai, and tourists spend more time in Mumbai than in Delhi. So please advertise Delhi for what it is, a place of Dilwallas.

There any many characteristics in Delhi people that one will find only in Delhites, and in the end, looking deep down and to the core, Delhites are just people who love to chill, whatever age, religion, sex etc etc.

So please, Delhi, the common love of our life, should be know for what it actually is!

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Originally Posted by sa_ill View Post Hey Guys

As much as I've read the Delhi forum, reading recommendations about places in Delhi, I've noticed no one ever has recommended Akshardham Temple.
Actually, if you search the site you'll find a number of posts, positive and negative, about Akshardham Temple.

As an American (a very new country) new temples like Akshardham & the Lotus temple are of little interest to me. It's the older stuff in Delhi like Hanuman's Tomb, the sites in Lodhi Garden etc. that I tend to get excited about...
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Hi,

we have been to Akshardam temple a few weeks ago and it is higly interessting for westeners. Even if it was irritating and difficult for me to understand the praise and devotion towards the Bhagwan Swaminarain, but I felt, it is helpful when you try to understand the religious ideas and feelings.
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Originally Posted by nadusch View Post Hi,

we have been to Akshardam temple a few weeks ago and it is higly interessting for westeners. Even if it was irritating and difficult for me to understand the praise and devotion towards the Bhagwan Swaminarain, but I felt, it is helpful when you try to understand the religious ideas and feelings.
Yes I didnt get the point of Bhagwan Swaminarain myself, but sidelined, it gives great information about our people and their culture.
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I also went there last may and found it to be an irritating rather than an interesting experience:

a) first you have to queue for an hour in front of security. This gives you ample time to read the (very long) list of do's and dont's. The queue, of course, is not exactly orderly.
b) I couldn't help but think that, just maybe, the funds could have been put to better use. Was a new temple really the most pressing need of the people? Looking around in Delhi as an outsider I'd think that investing in housing, schools and healthcare support might have been more appropriate.
c) A couple of months ago, the cleaning lady who works for me asked for a salary advance and informed me it was because she and her family wanted to go there for some kind of cermony and make a donation but that she didn't have enough money. I advanced her the money but did tell her why I thought this was a very bad idea, given her precarious financial situation. Of course, she said 'yes sir', took the advance and went anyway.

To each his own, Akshardam is not for me.
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Originally Posted by sa_ill View Post I have many friends from Europe who come and to Delhi, they stay at my place and I make sure they enjoy Delhi. At the end of their India 2-3 month trip (out of which about 10 days is Delhi), they end up saying Delhi was the best. But here from what I read, tourists hate Delhi.
Why do you think so? I've seen here lots of users who loves Delhi, and as for me - it's my love at first sight, and I think Delhi is my fav city in India. My friends (lots of my friends, actually) like it too, and there is lots to see and do in the city - and it has it's own ambience. I think you just pay more attention to negative comments.
As for Akshardam - I never was interested in visiting it, despite some of my friends have been there and praise it a lot. I think it's not my cup of tea (becouse of reasons dillichaat mentions), but who knows - maybe one day I'll visit it and like it too...
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Originally Posted by wichy View Post Why do you think so? I've seen here lots of users who loves Delhi, and as for me - it's my love at first sight, and I think Delhi is my fav city in India. My friends (lots of my friends, actually) like it too, and there is lots to see and do in the city - and it has it's own ambience. I think you just pay more attention to negative comments.
As for Akshardam - I never was interested in visiting it, despite some of my friends have been there and praise it a lot. I think it's not my cup of tea (becouse of reasons dillichaat mentions), but who knows - maybe one day I'll visit it and like it too...
OK when I visited Akshardham the first time, I thought it was just OK. Nothing special. I was once discussing Akshardham with a Polish friend, who said its amazing. I asked why so, whats so special about it? It turns out that just walking around Akshrdham and just seeing the temple isnt really enough to appreciate Akshardham. One has to take a full exhibition, costs a few hundreds. Includes a boat ride through caves, where you see statues with commentary (about 30 mins), and everything is about India heritage, the sciene, the studies, the inventions, the people, their mentality etc.
Then comes the guided trip through various sections of light, sound, mechanical statues and skits (about 1 hour), which again is amazing (only if you ignore the breif focus on one specific guru, forgot his name). Then comes the TRULY AMAZING light fountain. That totally blew me away. Thats again some 20-30 mins. Then they show a movie, about 1 hour.

This is what I meant by 'visiting Akshardham'. Obviously I expected ignorant comments like 'waiting 1 hour in the line, cant take camera etc etc etc.' which sounds very shallow. But rather than just being impatient, we should look ahead of these factors and see Akshardham for what it actually is. It is actually more that a temple. What I'm saying might sound cliche, but its true.

The day I took this entire exhibition trip (which I was seriously against before, thinking it might be something to do with 'This God did this did that etc etc.) I met a journalist from NDTV 24/7, who told me this exhibition was designed to give people a brief insight on Indian heritage. Thats the main focus of the exhibition. I'm not working for Akshardham or marketing it, but since it is in Delhi, I have sentiments for it. Period.
And since then, whatever friend I have visiting from abroad, I make it a point to show them Akshardham, although, this single entity take 3-4 hours of the day, its totally worth and leaves everyone excited.
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Obviously I expected ignorant comments like 'waiting 1 hour in the line, cant take camera etc etc etc.' which sounds very shallow. But rather than just being impatient, we should look ahead of these factors and see Akshardham for what it actually is.
I don't really care how it sounds, it's what happened. If you were impressed by it I'm happy for you, but try to accept that not everyone will see it that way. And yes, I did take the tour you described.

If I want to learn about Indian history, there's plenty of museums in Delhi with beautiful exhibits that do without the pseudo-religious/guru sauce.
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Originally Posted by dillichaat View Post I don't really care how it sounds, it's what happened. If you were impressed by it I'm happy for you, but try to accept that not everyone will see it that way. And yes, I did take the tour you described.

If I want to learn about Indian history, there's plenty of museums in Delhi with beautiful exhibits that do without the pseudo-religious/guru sauce.
Thats very true. Another great thing about Delhi is the museums it has. They're ll very unique and splendid. I did mention the excessive guru promotion that Akshardham does, but sidelined, its still a great XP. You're right it depends from person to person, but the main point of this thread was it un-awareness. The majority of tourists dont know about it. Its not whether they might like it or not, which comes later, atleast they should know about it right?
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Namaste Sa ill

Thanks for your tips. I haven't been inside Akshardham yet, although we went there, took a look at the queue,and decided to leave. It does appear very impressive from the outside, but as it is so new, it's not quite as interesting to me as a westerner.

I am planing to visit it someday, just it wouldn't be up on my list of 'must see' Delhi sights. From what I gather, Indians seem to be more keen on visiting it than westerners. I guess it is a bit like a theme park of hinduism...not the 'real' thing.

By the way, Delhi is a wonderful and exciting city, and I have lived there for a few months and can't wait to be back. There is so much still to explore
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atleast they should know about it right?
Agreed!
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Thank you so very much! That was easy wasnt it?

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