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Published: February 19th 2018
This one is short, but I wanted to post something because I've been behind due to illness, travelling, lack of internet, and attending functions, and with more functions coming up, I'm not sure when I'll have time on the computer again.
Wednesday was well spent with Ishan’s cousin (Manoj's nephew for my colleagues reading this) on a Delhi bus tour. We took the metro to our first destination, and I was given a taste of homemade halwa, which was like mashed potatoes, but sweet. Remember the aforementioned deathtraps that I would never ride in? Well, I rode in one. And it was nuts. It's basically a three-wheeled scooter with seats and a shell/roof. I don't think I'd mind driving one back home just because I already have a scooter, and that's pretty awesome, but here, not so much. I didn't die, though, so I guess it wasn't that bad. Anyway, we arrived at Jantar Mantar
, where the structures were built for astrological purposes. After we explored that place, we followed our guide to the bus stop and as we were waiting, I saw a monkey! Just very briefly, but a monkey outside of a zoo nonetheless. Our first stop
after boarding the bus was Lakshmi Narayan Birla Temple
. No phones or cameras were allowed there, but we only had a short time to visit anyway since we were on a schedule.
I don’t remember the order of all the stops, but we went to India Gate
, Indira Gandhi Memorial museum
, Lotus Temple
, Qutab Minar
, Raj Ghat
, and drove by the Red Fort
but didn’t stop because it was too late. India Gate is a memorial where an eternal flame is guarded 24/7 and which honors the 70,000 Indian soldiers who died in WWI. It's a huge arch that reminded me of Arc de Triomphe in Paris (not that I've been there, I've just seen it in movies and photos). The Indira Gandhi Memorial museum was pretty cool, because I really hadn’t heard about her before visiting, and they really did an excellent job telling her story. We were rushed a bit again because of all the stops we needed to make throughout the day, and I wish I could have spent more time there. While we were there, a man approached me and asked what I thought was to take a photo of his family. As I reached for his phone to take the pic, I realized
he wanted a picture of ME with his family. My new friend graciously took the guy’s phone so he could join us in the picture. Let’s call this #celebritymoment number two.
We didn’t go into Lotus Temple, again for time keeping purposes, but it was cool to see from a semi close distance. It’s quite reminiscent of the Sydney Opera House, though obviously both have different purposes. From there, we went to Qutab Minar, which was a really cool tower built more than 800 years ago in the courtyard of a mosque and the reason it was created is still debated.
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