You may have been living in a city for ages, but how much of it do you really know? There are places we pass by everyday but we never get the time to visit what’s inside.

Opera hosted a #DiscoverWithOpera cyclothon in New Delhi last Sunday to explore places and monuments nestled at the Mehrauli Archeological Park and the lush green Sanjay Van.Cyclothon collage
Members from Opera’s India office along with cycling enthusiasts from groups such as Delhi Cyclists, Cyclesutra and Firefox Bikes started their journey at the break of dawn, from different parts of Delhi and converged at the archaeological park to start their ‘discover’ journey.

The ride started well, with the people, cycles and weather each playing their part perfectly, but then came a sudden downpour. While many were willing to get drenched as they cycled along the monuments at the archeological park, there were few who chose to park and take respite from the heavy shower.

The beautiful sites that the riders came across were the Tomb of Balban, dating from ca 1287 CE, wherein a true arch and the true dome were built for the first time in India, the Jamali Kamali Mosque and Tomb of Maulana Jamali Kamali, built through 1526 – 1535 CE, Gandhak ki Baoli, Rajon Ki Baoli – a stepwell, Madhi Masjid and the ruins of Lal Kot fort built by Tomar Rajputs in AD 736 along with many relics of the subsequent period.

The entourage of cyclists then passed by the famous Qutub Minar and continued to pedal their way through the serenity of Sanjay Van, a forest area adjacent to the Qutub Heritage Site. The ride in Sanjay Van was particularly interesting because of the relatively narrow pathways and topsy-turvy terrain.

Sunil Kamath, Vice President for South Asia at Opera Software was also part of the cyclothon. Sharing his thoughts over chai & parathas with everyone, he said “I thoroughly enjoyed cycling on Delhi roads which I have never done before. Have always zipped across the city in taxi for meetings.
 My discover moment was the entire journey in the archaelogical park area which I would have never explored on my own. Kudos to the spirited effort from all participants who were drenched in early-morning rains but none of us gave up and continued on our discovery path”.

Until the next activity from our discover series, ride on – or simply relax, start the Opera browser on your PC or Android device and discover interesting articles from all over the internet without any extra effort – just by clicking on the Discover feature.

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