A fool and her money are soon parted
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Today I did slightly less sightseeing, because I had to work in the morning, but I did make it to two interesting sites: the Qutb Minar and the Ba’hai Lotus Temple. I also experimented with hailing tuktuks (i.e. auto-rickshaws) and taxis for the first time, and was subsequently (and easily) fleeced.
The Qutb Minar is rather far from the center of
The only thing I didn’t like about the Qutb Minar were the groups of young men who seemed to be wandering aimlessly about, several of whom approached me insistently asking for pictures, whom I tried to politely but firmly brush off. At another point, a middle aged woman in a brilliant blue sari approached me and helpfully pointed out some angles for photographing the tower, then offered to take some photos of me with my camera. I went along with this, thinking, “how friendly she is, how nice to help me out like this!” When she was done, however, she demanded a tip! OK, so it wasn’t very much that she asked for, but I was internally shaking my head at myself for being rather gullible.
The Ba’hai Lotus Temple, unlike the other religious sites I’ve been to so far, was extremely new, built only in the mid 80’s. It’s set in the middle of a huge expanse of lawns, and you approach it down a long walkway which lets you really take in the wonder of the architecture. It really is shaped like an enormous lotus flower, with sharp, clean lines and rising points that draw your eyes up and up. Inside it is very austere, just cool marble benches, which draws your attention further to the design of the building itself.
Regarding transportation, I tried and failed to get the textbook fair price for my rides.