One cannot rediscover the splendor of Ancient India without cruising through the National Museum of Delhi. Sad to say, all the Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa galleries were closed for renovation.
To my joyous surprise, the cutest paintings of Lord Krishna were displayed in the Medieval Gallery, so all wasn’t lost. Hari Om!
If ever there were a man that should not be forgotten, it’s Mahatma Gandhi. On my first day back to India, I visited his museum in Delhi and learned so much about the warrior behind the rounded spectacles.
It’s amazing how selfless he was for the good of others, placing morals before money, humanity before hunger, fortitude before fame.
Born with extraordinary talents, he could’ve been anything: a commanding lawyer, an astute politician, the prime minister of India…
Yet he chose to stand up for his beliefs and inspire others like Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and an army of other nonviolent warriors.
Dhanyavaad, Mahatma Gandhi
Namaste! This August, I’ll be making my second trip to India. My plan is to fly into Delhi, hire a driver and visit the following cities: Rishikesh, Haridwar, Mathura and Vrindavan. Since I’ll be staying for 2 weeks, I’ll have more time to relish the sights, sounds and kindred spirits. I’m in the process of devising an itinerary, so if anyone has any suggestions, feel free to share. Thanks to you, my enlightened friends of India, I had a memorable experience my first time around. Now I look forward to another.
Here’s what I have so far:
Delhi to Haridwar to Rishikesh to Mathura
to Vrindavan and back to Delhi
The Manduadih Express from Delhi takes 15 hours to reach Varanasi, but leftover samosas, chai tea and great company make the trip worthwhile. Plus, being welcomed by spiritual murals is a nice way to jumpstart your pilgrimage (even if your soul doesn’t agree with the hard and lumpy bunk bed).
Different museums throughout Delhi offer different things. The Museum at Red Fort chronicles the British occupation of India. The Gandhi Museum narrates the story of a global (yet humble) hero. And the National Museum exhibits relics from ancient civilizations like Mohenjo Daro and Harappa. But my favorite is the Tactile Museum for the Blind which not only allows visitors to read descriptions in Braille, but allows them to touch the ancient statues and artifacts with their very own hands, helping them form a better understanding of India’s rich and beautiful history.
Before the world-renowned Taj Mahal, there was Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi, India. Constructed in the mid-1500s for Mughal Emperor Humayun, the site includes tombs for his first wife, great-great grandson, barber and many significant others.
Located in Southern Delhi, Qutub Minar and Lotus Temple are must-sees for all visitors.