13 January, Delhi

Back in Delhi we were looking forward to a relaxing day of doing very little. I’m not sure if such a thing exists in India as even something as simple as going for a walk is no simple task. We went for a wander back to Connaught Place to get some photos of the buildings in the area and stopped off along the way to get a coffee.

Lotus Temple
The Lotus Temple

In the coffee shop we got talking to someone who (after telling us his entire life story in words and pictures on his phone) told us we couldn’t miss seeing the Lotus Temple. So we set off on an hour long journey to see Delhi’s version of the Sydney Opera House, as some people call it. The shape of the temple on the outside made for some good photos against the setting sun but it wasn’t until we got inside that we were blown away. It was so quiet, peaceful and cool. The lack of religious symbolism – people of any faith can come to pray, meditate or just sit – was actually a bit of a relief. After feeling rejuvenated from this experience we were soon plunged back into the traffic chaos of Delhi and set off on a two hour long journey across the city.

© Richard Munckton

Back in Delhi we were looking forward to a relaxing day of doing very little. I’m not sure if such a thing exists in India as even something as simple as going for a walk is no simple task. We went for a wander back to Connaught Place to get some photos of the buildings in the area and stopped off along the way to get a coffee.

In the coffee shop we got talking to someone who (after telling us his entire life story in words and pictures on his phone) told us we couldn’t miss seeing the Lotus Temple. So we set off on an hour long journey to see Delhi’s version of the Sydney Opera House, as some people call it. The shape of the temple on the outside made for some good photos against the setting sun but it wasn’t until we got inside that we were blown away. It was so quiet, peaceful and cool. The lack of religious symbolism – people of any faith can come to pray, meditate or just sit – was actually a bit of a relief. After feeling rejuvenated from this experience we were soon plunged back into the traffic chaos of Delhi and set off on a two hour long journey across the city.