Just two days in Delhi – what can you do in that time? Well with the help of a fantastic local driver (with temperatures well over 40 degrees I was so grateful for the aircon!) called Kesore we visited Mahatma Ghandi’s last home – now a museum (this moved me to tears – truly a great man);
the fabulous Rajpath Government area, designed by Lutyens; Humayun’s Tomb (a Mughal Emperor) restored by the Aga Khan and a World Heritage site, as is the Qutb Minar tower and buildings, Delhi’s 1st Sultanate;
India Gate and The Bahai Temple shaped like a lotus flower (think floral Sydney Opera House) – we were too bushed to do more than take in the Red Fort from the car!!
The next day we were up at 5.45 to drive to Agra and – that’s right – the Taj Mahal!!! This is truly stunning, and our guide showed us all the wonderful details of its construction as well as its romantic history and horrible ending :o(
The drive there took us out of the hectic city and into the dusty countryside, where bullock carts and tractors towing enormous, precarious loads compete with the ubiquitous Tuk Tuk’s for the ‘world’s craziest driving exploits prize’ (if there isn’t one there should be – Indian’s would win it hands down).
Back home tomorrow – as the song goes “It’s so nice to travelling, but it’s so much nicer to go home” :o)