Tuesday, February 14, 2012

February 14 - Delhi

Yesterday was to be a free day but eight of us decided to take a tour and see some things that were not scheduled since we weren’t that jet-lagged.  So, after a fabulous breakfast at The Imperial, we headed out.  The first place we visited was Mehrauli Archaeological Park.  The main site is the Qutb Complex; which has a minaret built in 1331.  It is beautiful in all of its detail.  After wandering through the area being given so much good information by our guide, we re-boarded our van and went to the part of the park rarely visited.  The eight of us were the only tourists there and we saw amazing Jamili-Kamali Mosque and Tomb.  The walls and ceiling were covered with the original 16th century mosaics and glowed; the colors still vibrant after 500 years!

We also saw the amazing stepped well (picture below) which is being restored.  Our final stop of the day was the Ghandi Memorial.  It housed many important things and has the bedroom where he spent the last 144 days of his life.  We saw the spot where he was assassinated on January 30, 1948.

In the evening we had our first “official” gathering: a dinner in The Spice Route restaurant.  It has Thai food and we had a delicious tasting menu along with wines.  This restaurant was recently called one of the top ten restaurants in Asia by the New York Times.

This was a great start to what promises to be a wondrous tour!

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