We can’t believe that this is our last full day in India. We have seen so much, met some really inspirational people and had a most wonderful experience. Most of us know that this won’t be the last time that we will be in India although we are all hoping that Christine will feel able to organise another “ladies’ trip” in the future.
We started the day with a visit to the Delhi Baha’i Temple which is one of only seven such temples in the world. The building is truly iconic and has been constructed to resemble a lotus flower. The temple is surrounded by beautiful flower borders and glistening turquoise pools of water. Visitors are brought into the temple in small groups and allowed to spend time in prayer or reflection within the cool stone walls. All of the group were touched by the special atmosphere that permeated the building.
From there we travelled to a market (Sarojini Nagar) where we enjoy shopping in a real Indian bazaar. Following this came a surreal interlude of unbelievable opulence which, we hate to say, we thoroughly enjoyed at the Imperial Hotel. This grandeur was created for the visit of Edward VII and the in-house patisserie was a sight to behold. Afternoon tea in such surroundings led to a stimulating discussion on how we would come to terms with our relatively affluent lives at home in light of all we had seen. In other ways, we felt that the completion of a journey of such significance needed to be appropriately celebrated.
The final stop was the Cottage Emporium where we parted company with the remaining rupees before returning to the hotel for a final delicious meal. Christine happily headed off to the airport for her overnight flight to enjoy some peace and quiet for the first time in 3 weeks!
So, hard to believe this epic trip is drawing to a close. Happily none of our worst fears have been realised. India has been so much more than we could ever have imagined; having taken us from heights of wonder and unexpected joy, to depths of shock and sadness. But India has also stolen our hearts. We will never forget this country and its people. We have all been inspired and would love to return.