Last day in Delhi

22 Nov

The breakfast at our hotel has been phenomenal. Every morning there are at least 3 attendants waiting on our table, offering us tea and coffee, taking our orders, and bringing us samples of food and juices. This would never happen at a Hilton in the US unless you were paying top dollar.

Our first attraction of the day was Swaminarayan Akshardham, which is an extremely elaborate Hindu temple. It only opened in 2005. So let me get this straight, there are naked babies running around the streets and people eating fly-infested chicken, but yogiji Maharaj envisions a temple with mixed metal murti’s (statues) and 3,000 tons of elephants carved in rock and volunteers come running. And forget construction unions, it was built in less than 5 years! Cameras, bags, and phones are prohibited so outside snaps were the only option.

Finally, we made it to the Bahai House of worship or the lotus temple, which is also relatively new, built in 1986. It is one of the most visited buildings in the world, surpassing the Eiffel tower and Taj Mahal.

We were driven to a bazaar and clothing store where we purchased more scarfs and a tunic that was tailored to me in less than 10 minutes…amazing.

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2 Responses to “Last day in Delhi”

  1. Nadine Genesius November 22, 2011 at 12:41 PM #

    Is that dragon fruit with the black dots?
    Is that haze or pollution or just a cloudy day?

  2. segenesius November 23, 2011 at 11:59 PM #

    Yes, it is dragon fruit. It’s haze and pollution. The air is thick with a smokey smell from the burning.

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