Travelers in the streets of Delhi
Day 4 – Delhi, India.
We started the day with a contrast. Yesterday the Taj Mahal showed its splendor with its stone carved in the 1600’s. Today we went to the Akshardham Temple, a relative new comer to the Hindu scene, completed in 2000. There was no sign of wear and tear- the signs of history , and the kids were struck by its perfection. They thought it was too perfect and commented how they preferred the “old stuff”. A true appreciation for how age, the elements and imperfection can be the most beautiful of all. After Akshardham we went to the Craft Museum which had 400 year old textiles, wooden statues, elephant saddles, masks and more. Artisans from different parts of India were present selling various handmade crafts and the kids enjoyed viewing and buying something from a maker they met. After the Craft Museum we had lunch, then a trip on the Metro, and a stop at a Hindu temple where many of us received a red bindi on our foreheads. Signs of religion are everywhere in India.
Back at the Hotel we regrouped and then embarked on a journey to Karol Bagh, a market area. This is where we knew we were travelers, not tourists. There was some adventure to be had. We ended up exploring some areas that had wall to wall humanity. Horns honking, dogs barking, various smells, rickshaws ringing, weaving in and out, up and down the sidewalks… The streets narrowed and our proprioceptive vision kicked in allowing us to maneuver in any available open space. We made it to our dinner destination, enjoyed some good laughs and stories and then ventured out to do some serious bartering. Tomorrow we head out on a train across India to Bagdogra and will not be posting a blog. Stay tuned!