More Delhi (4/95)

and mostly the numbers are to help me keep track.

We started the day leaving the hotel by bus – the traffic in the local area was significantly less than yesterday which made the sign that much more interesting.



early roads almost empty except for beggars

early roads almost empty except for beggars

there was the wildlife –



wild boar

wild boar

which also included a number of small, extremely fast striped ground squirrels.

Qutub Complex

Is obviously a UNESCO heritage site. Also known as Qutb for those who don’t like following Wiki links. The buildings and monuments on the site date back to the 1100s….



Qutb Minar is (according to both Wiki and everything on site) the tallest Minaret in the world. Built over several centuries – or rather added on – there are five sections clearly visible in terms of stone work, inscriptions and decoration




there are the remnants of a mosque dating from the same era which had obviously been taken from previous Hindu use (defaced figures on many of the pillars)

the iron pillar



and several tombs, wells, and partially destroyed other buildings.

From there it was on to the President’s House, Government complex and assorted decorations – built of course by the Brits but showing definite both Moghul and Hindu influence…

Not on the official list but an excellent visit was to the main Sikh Temple in Delhi. Originally an offshoot of Hinduism in the 1700s, it has completely gone its own way.

reading wiki is easier

reading wiki is easier

Everyone is barefoot, all heads are covered, it is open to all. No pictures are allowed inside – not of the gold center area, the holy book, the resting place for the book at night or the upper galleries. This particular temple feeds somewhere between 10-25k a day – all done with volunteers.

Lunch is always good – and was taken in a western style location with excellent Indian food.

I skipped the visit to the local craftsman in the afternoon. Not that I am disinterested in weaving shawls or carpets – but I simply don’t need to either go there or buy something I don’t need.

It is kind of like desert. If you don’t accept it in the first place – you can avoid eating it….

we are off early in the morning so I am going to head to bed early after sorting and repacking….



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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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