Sunday, April 27, 2014

My Last Weekend

Well, my last weekend in India is up. I spend it doing some sightseeing (long overdue) around Delhi and it was a blast. Friday night Anna and I went for dinner at my favorite restaurant, Fez. It's a Mediterranean restaurant and bar with the most amazing falafel and hummus to be found in Delhi.

Humayan's Tomb
Saturday, I visited Humayan's tomb. It was absolutely beautiful and reminded me of the Taj Mahal. I also saw Isa Khan's tomb while I was there and it was gorgeous as well. The day was extremely hot so I only spent about an hour and a half there, but it was well worth it. The grounds are nearly as beautiful as the buildings. There are so many trees, flowers, and fountains. Everything is so green.

A collage of some of the structures at Humayan's Tomb, including Isa Khan's Tomb

That night Anna and I decided to head to Hauz Khas Village once more. We hung out on Amour's rooftop balcony that night and had a great time. I decided to try a "Cheesecake Martini" which was pretty delicious. It tasted like strawberry cheesecake and had ice cream in it. They also dipped the rim in Pop Rocks haha. It was definitely the most interesting thing I've had to drink here.

The Lotus Temple
Yesterday, I visited Delhi's most famous Baha'i House of Worship, the Lotus Temple. It's an impressive structure to come across and a must-see for anyone visiting Delhi. The temple is open to anyone, from any religion, to worship. It's obvious that the name of the temple comes from its appearance of a Lotus flower, but the beauty doesn't stop on the outside. Once you're inside, you can see just how beautiful the ceiling is. The interesting architecture can also be viewed well from inside too.

Last night I headed to India Gate with a friend from work. He drove us on his motorcycle and I was slightly terrified. It was my first time on a motorcycle and I couldn't imagine a more dangerous place to drive, but it turned out to be a lot of fun. I had seen India Gate from a distance quite a few times, but was struck at its enormity once I was actually right there. I learned that it's a war memorial to commemorate the lives of Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British in WWI. I was also shocked at the sheer number of people there. It seemed like half of Delhi was there. I also tried something called Meetha Paan, which is a type of sweet (kind of tasted like cranberries) wrapped in a big leaf. I was a bit apprehensive, but it was delicious.

India Gate

My weekend was so much fun, but bittersweet. I'm definitely going to miss India and all that it has offered me. It's been such an incredible journey and it's certainly been a life-changing experience. I've learned so much about Indian culture and the beautiful people who live here.  I know I won't forget this experience for as long as I live.

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