Guest Blog Post by Traveler McCarty Hickman:
Due to the trouble we had getting to India we had to move Dehli to the back of our trip, but were still able to see all of the amazing sights. The highlights of our day in Delhi were the Jama Masjid Mosque, the Gandhi Memorial Center, and a government sanctioned bazaar. We had a late start to our day due to the rain…It was the start of India’s monsoon season. We started our day at the Jama Masjid Mosque where we had to go through security and all of the girls and the boys wearing shorts had to wear robes inside the Mosque plus take off their shoes. The mosque was breath-taking with its intricate tile work. The mosque was built by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, who also built the Taj Mahal. After we left the Jama Masjid Mosque we went to visit Gandhi’s memorial where he was laid to rest upon cremation. Seeing the memorial was very peaceful and moving. Our final stop of the day was the bazaar. We had to pay a fee to enter the bazaar, but it was worth it because unlike the street bazaar we visited in Jaipur, we weren’t haggled by street vendors. Everyone found a treasure at the bazaar and it was an interesting experience bartering with the vendors. The thing I found most shocking was the amount of street animals such as dogs, monkeys, cows, cats and camels freely roaming the streets. Another shocking part of Delhi was one minute you would feel like you were perhaps in New York City, while the next you would feel as though you had travelled back in time to a rural community. Due to the weather we were unable to due the Yamuna River walk, which would have been another viewpoint and experience connecting our water project. We also missed out on visiting Gandhi’s house because the museum was closed on Mondays. Overall, I had an amazing experience in Delhi I was able to experience a different culture and way of life.