Incredible Northern India
March 14th - March 26th, 2012

March 17th after breakfast we boarded our coach to head to the unique lotus shaped Bahai Temple, a marvel of modern architecture and built by a Canadian who converted to the faith. It is made in the shape of a lotus and is one of the major attractions for national and international tourists. It represents the Bahai's faith which is an independent world religion, divine in origin, all-embracing in scope, broad in its outlook, scientific in its method, humanitarian in its principles and dynamic in the influence it exerts on the hearts and minds of men. All around the lotus are walkways with beautiful curved balustrades, bridges and stairs, which surround the nine pools representing the floating leaves of the lotus. 

We arrived a bit early and had to wait until the gates opened. It was a great chance to speak to a group of young people who were on a day trip to visit the temple. Most spoke English and were thrilled to chat with us. Sweet happy faces – one wonders what life has in store for each of them.

Then on to Agra and home to one of the seven wonders of the world. Driving through the city of Delhi seemed to take forever, but then the twin cities of both old and new Delhi house more than 17 million souls plus 6 million cars plus buses, auto rickshaws, bikes, bikes with wagons, oxen with wagons, oxen, and many other assorted creatures. It is amazing to see how it does manage to work, although we heard that they do have more than 140,000 road casualties a year. Great Praise is heaped onto our very capable driver for getting us to each stop safely. Most drivers will have as assistant helping them for this very reason…it is highly concentrated work!

Our hotel for the next two nights is the the regal Jaypee Palace Hotel and Convention
Centre, a glorious structural blend of red sandstone and marble, and spread over an unbounded 25 acres of elegantly landscaped luxuriant greenery. Sprinkled with
enormous water bodies and endless walkways, this magical creation impeccably blends Mughal and contemporary architecture with modern amenities.


  • New Eden
  • Kids Garden
  • Plant a Row Grow a Row