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Day 5 - Jaipur

DAY 5:

We arrived in Jaipur at 10:00am. The flight from New Delhi only took 45 minutes. Jaipur is south of New delhi, and is also known as the “Pink City.” It is 283 years old, and is the capital of Rajasthan. The population of Jaipur is more than six million, and it is one of the fastest growing cities in the world.

After dropping of our luggage at our hotel, we have decided to go and check out the Hawa Mahal, which is where Jaipur gets it famous name “Pink City.” It is a five-story structure, and was built in 1799. The exterior is quite unique, for it can be compared to that of the honeycomb of a beehive, having 953 small windows called “jharokhas.”

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For a late lunch, we ate at Copper Chimney, and sat down for some traditional Indian dishes. I ordered a somosa, with a side of rice and vegetables.

Back to our hotel. We are staying at a heritage hotel called Ramgarh Lodge for our first night in Jaipur. It’s very nice. I was also able to snag one of the four rooms that has a view of the Rambarh Lake. Such a beautiful scenery.

We heard some commotion going on outside of our hotel, so we decided to go check it out. There seemed to be some sort of traditional dance performance going on. It was a Kalbelia dance. The dancers had long black skirts with silver ribbons embroidered. They spin in circles, and as the performance goes on, the rhythm became faster and faster. Their dance movement is said to resemble that of snakes. Back to our hotel room where we fell fast asleep.

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Last Day in New Delhi

Hi Everyone,

Final day here in New Delhi, but I’m not ready to leave yet. There is still so much we have not seen but it’s time we move on there are many more places and things to see. However we still have a full day left and we’re going to make the most of it. First off today we’re going to visit Laxminarayan Temple which was built by the Birla family in 1938. The temple complex is where the father of India, Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated in 1948. From there we’re going to the Humayun's Tomb which was built nine years after he was murdered by his wife Haji Begum. After its completion in 1565, it is said that all later Mughal monuments, including the Taj Mahal, followed its design. After we finish at the tomb we are going to visit the Red Fort in Old Delhi, the decision to construct the fort was made in 1639, when Shahjahan decided to move the capital to Delhi. It is the seventh fort built in within an eight year period. Finally before we leave Delhi, we are going to see the Lotus Temple, something I’ve wanted to see for a while. The Lotus Temple is also named Bahá'í House of Worship. The Temple was completed in 1968 and serves as the central place of worship. It has also won many structural awards, the most recent being in 2000 when the GlobArt Academy in Vienna presented its "GlobArt Academy 2000" award to the architect of the Lotus Temple, Fariborz Sahba.
Well that’s all from me, hope to hear from you guys soon

Namaste

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Lotus Temple

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Day 2 in New Delhi

Hey there people!!!

So day two here in Delhi, and it’s a gorgeous day outside. The girls and I are just getting ready to head out for another full day of touring India. Today’s itinerary consists of a visit to the Rashtrapati Bhavan which is the center of New Delhi. It’s known as the Presidents House and is known for its architectural design and how it flows to the Indian Gate. We’re going to get there by taking a cycle rickshaw. For those who don’t know what that is it’s like a big tricycle that has a seat in the front for the rickshaw puller and a wide seat at the back to accommodate two people so we’ll have to take two but we’ve been told it is quite an experience and is one of the least expensive ways to travel in India. From Rashtrapati Bhavan we’ll walk to the Indian Gate. The Indian Gate is actually a memorial that was raised for the Indian soldiers who were killed in the Afghan war. We were told to go later in the evening because the lawns in front of the gate are a popular place to gather. So in the mean time we’ll head back to Paharganj to pass the time, also to try some of the local street dishes that we didn’t get to try yesterday like Chaat, which is an assortment of crisp, salted, small pancakes sprinkled with various powders along with different chutneys (Indian sauces) and a dash of yogurt. Or maybe we can try Pani Puri, that’s a hollow crisp ball made from dough, and filled as-you-eat with a spicy concoction of water and potatoes, topped with either sweet or spicy chutney. For a drink we wanted to try Lassi which is a yogurt type drink that can either be made plain/salty, sweet, or fruit flavored. But I have to go cause our cycle rickshaws here so expect an entry tomorrow.

Namaste

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Rashtrapati Bhavan
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Indian Gate

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Day 1 In New Delhi

Hi everyone,

We’re here!!!! Oh my gosh we are finally in India!! It is so beautiful here and the people are actually really friendly. So we landed in New Delhi at the Indira Gandhi International Airport early this morning. From there we took the Delhi Metro which is their transit system here to our hotel to drop off our luggage. From there we jump on a bus and took it to the Rajghat. The Rajghat is a black marble platform and we’re going to visit it because it is the place where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. It was constructed in 1921 and Gandhi’s cremation was held on January 31, 1950. Rajghat was really an amazing thing to see because you could almost feel a presence there; well at least I could almost feel one. So after we finished at Rajghat we headed out to explore the city and go to see Jantar Mantar, which is the Indian Astronomical Observatory built in 1724 which was actually really neat. The building design was quite unique with the stone used and the shape of the building. After spending a couple of hours at the Jantar Mantar we jumped on the bus again to go to the Paharganj, which is supposed to be one of the best places to bargain shop in India. According to the guide book you can find a lot of things there like clothes, shoes, jewelry, books, music, textiles, handicrafts, hookah pipes, incense and things like that. Paharganj is located in the Paharganj Main Bazaar, opposite the New Delhi Railway Station. After the girls and I have done some serious souvenir shopping we are going to stay at the hostel called Home Away From Home, which is a hostel that is only for ladies travelling in India.

Anyways everyone should be going to go to bed now, we’re all pretty jetlagged.
Shubha Raatri (good night)

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Jantar Mantar
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Last Day at Home

Hey there everyone
So it’s our last day in Canada before we head out to INDIA!!!!! The girls and I are so excited, we can hardly wait!!! We’re just going over our check lists to see if we have everything
1. 10 t-shirts, check
2. 2-3 pairs of jeans, check
3. 2-3 pairs of cotton pants, check
4. Hair brush, check
5. Toothbrush/toothpaste, check
6. 4 light sweaters, check
7. Elastics, check
8. Make-up, check
9. Runners, check
10. Light socks, check
11. Contact solution/glasses(for Kayla and I), check
12. Passport, check
13. Indian Travel visa, check
14. Photo I.D, check
15. Camera, check
16. India tour guide book, check
17. Official Hindi language dictionary, check
18. Indian rupee/spending money, check
I think that’s everything. I’m sure Kayla or Sarah will think of others things that I’ve missed. Oh and if anyone is thinking of travelling to India then pack as many light clothes as you can but make sure they will cover you because women there don’t reveal much skin. Also make sure you have an Indian Travel Visa when you go otherwise you’ll be on the next flight home! Ladies if you go be sure to cover yourselves like I said, also if you are taking your guys along absolutely NO PDA (Public Displays of Affection) it will offend them greatly and attract lewd comments. If you go and want to hit the beach be sure to be fully clothed, Indians are not allowed to be in their bikinis and shorts so wear light cotton. When you greet people in India the experts say that “Hi” or “Hello” is fine in the cities but when you greet elders it is best to greet them with “Namaste”. One last thing for those ladies who smoke, you are not allowed to in public, the experts say it is best to smoke in your hotel room. Well I have to go and get a good night’s sleep because tomorrow we’re going to INDIA!!!!!!!! Woohoo!!!

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