Exploring Delhi

Now back in Delhi we were led by our guide through Old Delhi. We reminisced about our first day in Delhi and how we saw Jama Masjid, a mosque, but couldn’t go in. After, we took a short rickshaw around the block, we went through the narrow streets of Old Delhi, where we saw how people live. For instance, we saw a street that was full of different shops that had different car parts. We then took the bus to the Red Fort, where our guide taught us about the history of it. Next, we ended up going to the Raj Ghat which is where Gandhi was cremated. After a late lunch, we headed back to the hotel.

The next day, on Sydney’s Birthday, we explored New Delhi. The first monument we saw was Humayun’s tomb which was what his wife built for him and for some other Mongols. It’s also called the original or mini Taj Mahal because that’s what the famous Taj Mahal is based on. We also saw Isa Khan’s tomb. After that we drove around the India gate, a war memorial, and where the President lives and works. Our last stop before lunch was Qutub Minar, an ancient 5 story tower with each story being different in the way it looks. After our late lunch, we went to the Lotus temple and saw the sunset over this strikingly beautiful and more modern site. At the end the day we went to our cooking class and learning some of the basic and traditional foods of North India.

The following day was the first day with the Salaam Baalak Trust and we toured around with Ashif and Maadu. They were former kids who were living in the slums and now are guides for the Salaam Baalak Trust. After another late lunch, we saw the Jantar Mantar, which was built in 1724 to tell time and tell people about astronomy. For the next two days, we all went to the Salaam Baalak shelter home and played games, had dance parties, played music, and did some drawing with the boys, all the while the boys got to practice their English with us. Everyone had a great time and we all wish we could have stayed for longer because we were all sad to leave and the kids were sad to see us go.