DELHI, INDIA’S SPRAWLING CAPITAL IS THE LAST INSTALLMENT IN OUR GOLDEN TRIANGLE HAPPY TRAVELS SERIES. VAST AND ROBUST, DELHI IS A PLACE OF POWER, AND CULTURE - LET'S GET TO IT!
In the Buddist philosophy, the Lotus flower represents the universe. They are a symbol of spiritual enlightenment, purity, serenity, and rebirth. The Lotus grows in murky muddy waters, they shed their petals daily and immerse themselves into those waters nightly to raise each moring to flower again. Perfect and beautiful. The pink Lotus is the national flower of India, and the Lotus Temple is a place to unpack.
The temple requires all people to follow a strict code of silence while inside and welcomes people of all philosophies and religions along with people of all casts. A ritual end-of-day visit to the temple can be a meditative exercise in stillness, silence, and reflection.
Staying with contemplation, head to Raj Ghat for a visit to Gandhi's simple tomb. Gandhi, the father of Indian independence and a practitioner of Satyagraha (nonviolence) is at the heart of India. Raj Ghat is a memorial to Gandhi and is where he was cremated.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site and the former residence of Moghul emperors, the Red Fort, built 1639 sits in the city center of Delhi and is well worth an afternoon.
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Humayun's tomb was built for Mughal Emperor Humayun by his first wife and chief consort, Empress Bega Begum in 1570. Made of red sandstone it was the first garden-tomb to be built in India.
Delhi has many throbbing bazaars, most situated within in old Delhi, our favorite is Janpath Bazaar which requires that you have well-developed haggling skills. Here you will find everything from the wares of traditional folk artist, weavers, and crafts, as well as everything in between and the Tibetan market, is one that should not be missed.
For an under the radar old-world feel check into the Lutyens Bungalows. The location is great and the property's lovely sprawling garden and simple charm make this family-run Bed and breakfast a favorite of ours and a tranquil low-key place to come back to after a day of exploring.
GET ON THE MAHARAJAS’ EXPRESS
Some might say that our Happy Travels 3 part series should have started with Delhi, however, we chose to keep Delhi as our last installment and end the trip with some sumptuous luxury. From Delhi, you can board the Maharajas’ Express, a white-glove experience that you won't forget.
you can opt for a 4 day 3 night Goldern Triangle trip or opt for 7 days 6 nights on the tracks, our pick would be the India Splendour package that will take you on a trip through the changing landscapes of Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Udaipur to end in the hustle and bustle of Mumbai.