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See Delhi like the Obamas

Here’s our special Obama-style sightseeing guide to the city

entertainment Updated: Nov 12, 2010 02:57 IST
Shruti Dargan
Shruti Dargan
Hindustan Times

While US President, Barack Obama barely found time to sample the food platter specially created for him during his India visit that ended on November 9, he made sure he went around visiting places in the city. We bring you a special ‘Obama tour’ of Delhi, comprising all that he saw.

Humayun’s tomb
The first public engagement of the Obamas after landing in Delhi was a visit to Humayun's Tomb. No other visiting US President has ever been to this 16th century monument. The mausoleum, with more than a hundred graves and a landscaped garden of 30 acres, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built by Mughal emperor Humayun's widow, Hamida Banu Begum, it is the most important Mughal structure in Delhi that survives in its original state and landscape setting.
Timings: Sunrise to sunset
Take the Metro till: Humayun Road

Before paying a visit to Humayun's tomb, the Obamas dropped in at Roosevelt House, the US Embassy in Shantipath. Not all can enter the highly secured building easily, but take a walk down the Shantipath avenue — its lush green lawns, lined with embassies on both sides, make it a must-visit.
Take the Metro till: Race Course

Raj Ghat
This is the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi— Obama's "real hero" — located on the west bank of the Yamuna. Gandhi’s last words, 'Hey Ram', are inscribed on his samadhi, set in a garden with fountains and a variety of trees. Two museums dedicated to Gandhi are closeby.
Timings: Sunrise to sunset
Take the Metro till: Pragati Maidan

National Handicrafts and Handloom Museum
Michelle shopped at National Handicrafts and Handloom Museum, Pragati Maidan complex. The museum offers rich paintings, intricate zari work and traditional crafts by artisans and craftsmen from different states of the country. One of the prime attractions of this museum is the village complex.
Timings: 10am to 5pm
Take the Metro till: Pragati Maidan

Mughal Gardens(Rashtrapati Bhavan)
This is one of the most significant historical gardens in Delhi. Sprawling across six hectares of the Rashtrapati Bhavan Complex, it was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, and is open for the public from February to March. It is famous for its variety of flowers — Rose, Viscaria, Teptosyne, Sweet William, Oxalis, Marigold and Bougainvillea. Entry is free.
Timings: 10am to 4pm; Closed on Mondays.
Take the Metro till: Central Secretariat

First Published: Nov 11, 2010 16:57 IST