India - Delhi - Baha'i Temple and Humayan's Tomb

Our last two stops of the day in Delhi were both impressive.  The first, Baha'i Temple is a marvel of modern architecture.  Reminiscent of the Sydney Opera House, the Baha'i Temple in Delhi is all white curves and angles.  From a distance it resembles a lotus flower.  Locals and foreign tourists alike flocked to check it out.  
We removed our shoes and approached the temple which was surrounded by pools.
We looked back on the queue of people waiting to get in.
A spokesperson for the temple handed out brochures to people interested in learning more.  We took one and learned that the Baha'i faith is more about living together in unity and peace than about any particular god or set of beliefs.  All are welcome to enter and contemplate in silence.
After a brief tour through the inside (no photos allowed), we emerged and looked up to admire the gentle curves of the structure.
We looked back a final time to drink in the beauty and peacefulness of this spot.
Our final stop of the day was impressive for completely different reasons.  Humayun's Tomb is a grand showcase of Mughal architecture.   Built in the 1500s, the tomb is surrounded by gardens, water features, and fountains.  We walked through a large gate and into another world.
An even larger gate lay just beyond.
We finally emerged in front of the tomb which simply glowed in the dusky light.
We approached from the front and then skirted the structure to admire it from all sides.
We climbed up and looked down on the grassy knolls and water channels below.
I spotted another tree that seemed even more ancient than the one we saw at the Red Fort.
We walked around the crumbling perimeter which reminded us just how old this place is and how much effort has gone into restoring the tomb over the past 15 or so years.
In contrast to the Red Fort, the water features here were full and dancing.
Originally, water would have been pumped through this structure from the river.  Now, the water is pulled in through a modern pump but you'd be none the wiser if you didn't go inside the source like I did.  The source doesn't detract from the atmosphere.
We followed the water channels around and watched birds frolicking in the fading light.
We completed our circuit of the property and spent a few moments in the shade reflecting on our whirlwind week exploring the Golden Triangle.  India has by far been the most chaotic, unique, and varied place I've ever visited.  We're looking forward to seeing more in due time.



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Sidewalk Safari | Part-time Travel Blog: India - Delhi - Baha'i Temple and Humayan's Tomb
India - Delhi - Baha'i Temple and Humayan's Tomb
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