[Mayfield Fellows: India] Delhi’s Charmful Welcome

We flew into Delhi late last night.  We had expectations of a sweltering, heat-exhaustion filled experience in this city, but have since had our minds changed.  Yes, it has been quite hot, but not 110 degrees like we were anticipating.  The city is beautiful, well-planned, and the best part: all autos are required by law to use natural gas fuel!  Quite a contrast from the smog ridden streets of Bangalore!  We decided to end our stay in India with some flair, so we booked our rooms at the 5-star Intercontinental Hotel (very nice, and the hotel where the Delhi cricket team is staying as they fight to get into the playoffs of the IPL)…

Today was a great day.  We stuffed ourselves with a delicious (and free!) breakfast buffet from the hotel.  We then made our way to the India Gate, a national military monument that remembers the 80k soldiers who died in WWI. 

We then went to a very cool tomb (Humayun’s Tomb), which was in fact the inspiration for the Taj Mahal!  The grounds were beautiful, and I got my first upclose view of bats!!  I can’t wait to see what the Taj Majal is like, because I think this tomb was fantastic…

We will spend a day traveling to the Taj Mahal tomorrow, and then, sadly, we leave India early the next day…  We’ve loaded up on great Indian food, after tomorrow, we’ll switch to phase two of our trip and begin gorging ourselves on Peking Duck and Dim Sum in China! 

(Pictures have been uploaded to my previous posts, FYI – check them out!!)

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