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  New Delhi is the capital of India and it houses many historical monuments. We began our weekend (welcome relief!) sightseeing trip with a visit to the India gate. The India Gate is the national monument of India. It is one of the largest war memorials in India. Situated in the heart of New Delhi, India Gate was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. India Gate is the site of the Indian Army’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, known as the Amar Jawan Jyoti (Immortal Soldier). From there we went to visit the Qutb Minar. Enroute, we saw the Rashtrapathi Bhavan (President’s residence) and The Parliament House.

Qutb Minar is the world’s tallest brick minaret. The entire complex is listed as a world heritage site by the UNESCO.
We had to bear the scorching heat as the temperature soared during the day.

Next, we went to the Bahai house of worship which was also known as the Lotus Temple as it was constructed in the shape of a lotus flower. It is a place of worship for all religions. Although we enjoyed the architecture of the temple, we were busy jumping as we had to remove our footwear to enter the temple. It felt as though we were walking on a hot pan.

After these visits at New Delhi, we commenced our journey to Agra to see the world famous “Taj Mahal”. After reaching agra, we went to the Agra fort and from there we could get a glimpse of the Taj.

It was a nice evening and we enjoyed wandering around the fort and took a lot of pictures. We then went to relax at ITC Mughal which in itself was a piece of art. Many of us plunged into the swimming pool at the hotel to relax after enjoying the summer heat of Delhi.

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