Qutb Minar monument complex
New Delhi Travel Blog› entry 12 of 13 › view all entries
November 11th, 2005 – by: portia
When we were there, busloads of students of grade school and high school age showed up at the complex. Pretty soon, they were everywhere. It was hard to get a quiet picture around here. I lagged behind my group and was changing film in my camera when I was approached by several high school gilrs. They wanted to have a picture taken with me. I asked why, and they said "Because you are a foreigner".
We spent a couple of hours wandering around the ruins and admiring the carvings on the arches and columns. At the exit, I took a photo of a stray dog. It was how most dogs looked like in India, obvious muts with more function than frills.
We made a stop at the biggest Sikh Temple in Delhi, where there was a holy water pond. There were big koi fish in there! In order to walk through the temple, men and women had to have their head covered, and remove their shoes (socks not allowed!).
Lunch was again at the Lotus Garden, now at a different location, so it was a chain restaurant. Considering the chef was not Chinese, the food was not bad at all. At least we got to have some pork here.
In the afternoon, we stopped at the Saga Department store to look at silk carpets from Kashmir and also pashminas. They were definitely not cheap, but less expensive than back in the US.
We hit some major traffic jam on the way back to the hotel. A major street was closed, and traffic had to be rerouted, plus it was rush hour on a Friday. It took more than an hour, I don't know how far we travelled, but we never left Delhi today.
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