India 2012 travel blog

Lodi Gardens


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Satinder Mahli

A glorious sunny day in Delhi with Mr Mahli. The Habitat World Centre, where we are staying, is enormous, the largest convention/cultural centre in India. Up early to walk through the neighbouring Lodi Gardens in the bright sunshine amid ancient buildings and scampering mongeese (!!). What an unusually quiet place to find in such a populated city of 16 million. We could have stayed all day but asked Mr. Mahli to pick us up to do some brief shopping for some Indian garb for Robin and banking errands - followed by a delicious lunch of south Indian dosas and Mahli's crazy but capable driving through Old Delhi - the part of the city. Narrow streets and temples existed long before the British Raj created the new city with wider roads and larger buildings. We finished the day the Lotus Temple built by followers of the Bahai faith. Without Mahli, we would have waited for countless hours to leave our shoes in the confusing chaos of so many others and Sunday lineups. Sat for a while in the beautiful hall. Dinner at Habitat and an early night to prepare for a 4 a.m. wake-up call to make our flight into the Himalayas tomorrow. Fantastic to be back in India!

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