Earlier start as catching train back to Delhi, amazing to think in less than 24 hours I will be back in the UK, resting in my own bed. A totally amazing holiday - the right balance between being a tourist, seeing key attractions and staying luxury hotels and enjoying Indian hospitality in a family home. Thanks be to God for the opportunity and health/ finances to enjoy it !
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Rest then shopping at local Market. Stayed at a warm, lively home with lots children (one little boy became my instant friend but could not understand why I could not speak punjabi and decided to keep talking to me regardless!). I had a language lesson from the older kids later on in the day (I now know which words to look out for :)
Late rise then quick trip to one of the smaller malls in Delhi (got nice print to go in bathroom to complete my Indian theme). First class train to chandrigah ( which we all nearly missed after the policeman pulled us over for supposedly jumping a red light) will take about 3 hours. Arrived around 9 pm and rested
Rest day for the main part then we drove to see India gate (a war memorial), the place where all the embassies are (you can see the british colonial legacy) and the president's residence. Then went into my first sikh temple, very interesting to see how the devoted worship (also briefly went into the catholic cathedral which was packed since it was Easter Sunday). The evening we went to 'the farmhouse', nothing to do with animals or farm but a luxury second home...
Went to Taj Mahal today. It was quite beautiful to see but totally overwhelmed with visitors and total rip off to the foreign tourist- 750 rs compared to 20 rs to indians! I got separated from my group as I had to go through a different door as a foreigner (is this what it was like under apartheid?) so went around with my audio guide as company! We all we finally reunited and started the long journey back to Delhi