Religious Studies trip to India.

On Friday 15 December, our group of Religious Studies pupils set off on an adventure to India. 

Once the plane had landed our group went straight from the airport into the traffic and bustle of a Delhi afternoon, and with the assistance of our wonderful guide we were swiftly introduced to life in a city of 18,000,000 people. First stop was the beautiful calm oasis of peace at Huyaman’s tomb, then we went past the Indian Parliament buildings and India Gate on the way to our hotel. After a lovely first night meal, everyone was very tired but happy!

Our second day proved an incredible day in Delhi! It began at the Red Fort followed by a cycle rickshaw ride through Old Delhi ending at the Great Mosque. We visited the national memorial to Gandhi where we were also of great interest to other local school groups and we made lots of new friends! Lunch in a beautiful restaurant before a real highlight for everyone - the white marble Gurudwara Bangla Sahib Sikh Temple where 20000 people are also given food each day. We made our way through afternoon traffic to the UNESCO site of the Qutub Minar - a 73 metre minaret built over a 200 year period on the site of India’s oldest Mosque.

Early night and catching 6am train to Agra on Monday...

Took the early morning train from Delhi to Agra and visited the beautiful park and atmospheric mausoleum of Akbar the fourth Mughal Emperor. Made our way to the incredible Agra Fort which was even bigger than that of Delhi and gave us our first views of the Taj Mahal among the Yamuna River. We checked in and ate at our hotel and some brave pupils even managed a swim in the hotel pool. We visited the Taj Mahal (in the company of Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones and family!). Overwhelmed by the Taj Mahal itself and its endless photogenic possibilities! We saw it in the pink evening light and are very much looking forward to visiting it again early tomorrow to see it in a different light and to spend more time there away from the crowds. 

Setting off for Jaipur later tomorrow...