Ileke Travels: Delhi
This part of the trip my mom and I were "on our own" in the sense that the next three places we visited (Delhi, Agra and Jaipur) were cities where we previously knew no one. We explored the "Golden Triangle" as it's called with the travel tour company, Travel Fair India, which I highly recommend.
We had one driver the entire time, Bharat, who was friendly and extremely helpful. Bharat means India, so we always had India with us wherever we went! In each of the three cities we also had knowledgeable tour guides who would take us to the different sites and explain the historical and cultural significance of what we were seeing. Each night we stayed in beautiful 5-star hotels with complimentary breakfast. The tour company was totally worth it and the price was reasonable for all the amenities that were included.
Our first stop in the Golden Triangle was New Delhi, the capital and seat of government of India. Pictured above is Qutb Minar, a tower constructed in the early 1200s by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak, the founder of the Delhi Sultanate (muslim kingdom in Delhi). The Qutb Minar is part of the larger Qutub complex. The minute detailing of the monuments and buildings in the complex was impressive, especially thinking about how this level of skill was achieved without the aid of modern technology.
From the Qutub complex we then headed to Rashtrapati Bhavan, the Presidential complex. Not to far from this complex was India Gate, a war memorial to 82,000 Indian soldiers and the site of India's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. We then headed to Lotus Temple. Though we weren't able to go in we took some pictures outside and heard about the Bahá'í House of Worship.
We ended the day at Kashmir Cashmere, a retailer of carpets, scarves, and textiles made from cashmere and silk. We were able to see the intricate and extensive process of how the carpets are made, many taking months/years to complete as they are woven by hand. We also learned about how the craft, done by people from the conflict torn area, is becoming a lost art. The pictures don't do the carpets justice!