Sunday 2nd September
An early start this morning meant we were en route to New Delhi by 7.30am. Two hours later we on board the ‘Ho Ho’, ‘The best way to see Delhi’ – the local tour bus! Our first stop was Birla Mandir, a Hindu Temple of Lord Venkateshwara. It was a beautiful temple, full of colourful, handmade deities. It was the first stop where we had to remove our shoes, as a mark of respect.
Next stop was the Red Fort. This was built in the 17th Century by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan. It served that served as the residence of the Mughal Emperors, in the walled city of old Delhi. It was a beautiful red building, full of Indian tourists, queuing up to enjoy the sights it offered. The inside was filled with small gift shops selling beautiful sparkly gifts and souvenirs! It was here we experienced the monsoon season for the second time, soaking wet we ventured around the fort!
Rajghat, was our next barefooted stop, in memory of Mahatma Ghandi, a piece of black marble which marks the spot of his cremation. It is left open to the sky while an eternal flame burns perpetually at one end. We admired the memorial site for a while before returning to our tour bus and heading on to India Gate.
This national monument of India was built in 1931 and commemorates the loss of 90,000 Indian soldiers. Around the area there were locals selling bracelets, food and other traditional items. It was great to see such a variety of stalls and people, trading and selling around such a beautiful indian monument!
We visited the National Museum for a short time, looking at some traditional Indian oil paintings. Established in 1949, the museum holds 200,000 pieces of both Indian and foreign origin.
Our final stop of the tour was the Lotus Temple. This temple is a Bahá’í House of Worship. The laws of Bahà’í allow the house of worship to be a gathering place for those of all religions. It’s a beautiful place to worship, and it received it’s name from the design of the building as it looks a lot like a lotus flower. This was the final place we had to remove our shoes as a mark of respect. There were many Indian people there from a number of a different religions no doubt. It was beautiful to see all the colourful saris of the women there, and faces of people who were worshiping their god and what they believe in.
The photo shows women just nearby the temple selling their creations on the streets.
We saw so many beautiful, interesting and inspiring places during the tour. It was a great way to see the key places in Deli and experience the roads, whilst in the safety of the bus! There is so much honking, and beeping because everyone is trying to get to places quickly. There are people everywhere, selling you stuff, especially postcards! It’s a bustling city with so much to see, so much to experience and so many people interact with!