New Delhi – Whole new world
Trip Start Feb 17, 2012
49Trip End Aug 25, 2012
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We did however opt for a budget hotel for our last night in India given that we were trying to cut costs and for one night figured how bad could it be. Our hotel was in the Paharganj area which is a central location 5 minute walk from the New Delhi metro station and apparently popular with backpackers. On arrival we immediately felt right back at home in the India we knew and then some
After researching some of the many sites to see in New Delhi we opted for the Lotus temple with its amazing architecture and tranquil gardens. We took the metro to get there and were so impressed with it. The New Delhi metro is way cleaner and more civil than the London tube (ok we know it is not as old). Everywhere else in India there is no such thing as a queue, the tallest or the loudest or the pushiest will get served first! Not on the New Delhi metro, here people wait patiently and form a line to enter the carriage in an orderly fashion. We couldn’t believe our eyes!
The Lotus temple was a stunning temple with an amazingly serene atmosphere which welcomes all religions with a universal message. The temple is designed in the beautiful shape of a lotus flower but once inside it is completely simple, with no religious symbols, icons, statues or inscriptions. Instead the worshiper is invited to sit on one of the benches and look up at the top of the temple, the centre of the lotus from which light enters and focus on the divine in their own way.