It has been an incredible trip with incredible Pace students! France
We crawled out of our beds early this morning at the request of our guide Gyanesh in order to see the Taj Mahal in the brilliance of the sunrise. It was entirely worth it. The white marble mausoleum is impossible to do justice with a picture or mere words. This ivory palace was constructed by a shah according to the dying wishes of his favourite of three wives.
We then perused an emporium where we purchased some exotic gem rings and haggled successfully for scarves, though unsuccessfully for ashtrays.
At a rest stop along the way to Delhi, we broke for lunch at a rest stop where to our surprise, the merchants were uninterested in bargaining.
In Delhi, we went to my favourite site so far, the Lotus Temple. Designed by the same architect as was the Sydney opera house, the white marble temple resembles a massive lotus flower, with every petal drawing elegant curving lines up to the apex of the ceiling. Inside, the centre of the ceiling features a magnificent golden lotus flower window. The building is surrounded by gorgeous cerulean pools that we were all dying to dip our feet into as we walked barefoot on the burning hot sandstone in order to respect the religious beliefs of the worshippers there. Meditating within the temple surrounded by other silent temple goers was a spiritual and surreal experience.
We are all elated to return to the Hilton’s fluffy beds after our eventful day.
Thank youse much to all the parents for sending us on this phenomenal trip! It has been an unforgettable experience.
India has been tools too.
-Katchhhhhhhhhh (as everyone affectionately calls me [Katja])