Even though this 2.5 week trip was mainly for family visits & Poli sorting out issues, we still did get to see quite a few sights. Just enough not to feel cheated and enough to make me want to come back.
We went ot the Golden Tempel in Amritsa
Some people take a dip in the pool or take water home, since some claim they got healed with the water
If you donate enough (nicely receipted) you can get a commemorative plaque in white marble
Where ever a Guru rested or something historical happened there is a commemorative plaque with information
Near the Golden Temple complex is another historical place, where the British slaughtered lots of Indians. The bullet holes in the buildings can still be seen
and even the bushes commemorate the place
The old Mangat Family House, where Poli actually was born, since his family was on home leave that time is probably about 200 years old
Chandigarh is a totally planned city with straight roads and every sector has it's own shopping center, hospitals, schools & parks.
We stayed in the government guesthouse walking distance to the lake. Which has beautiful walking paths, jogging paths and all kinds of recreational things, including soft soothing piped music along the paths on Sunday morning.
Then we went to a nearby HIllstation and admired the Pinjore Gardens, which slope down the hill in 7 terazzes and their beginnings date back to the Moguls times
Then we drove further up, took a cable car & had lunch in the beautiful mountain restaurant Timber Trail at about 5000ft
When we got back to Delhi we drove all the way to Agra on a beautiful new Higway to go see the Taj Mahal
Thank God we didn;t have to queue with the locals. AS foreigners you pay more, but you also have a special queue
First view of the Taj Mahal from the entry portal
The next day we did a bit of sight seeing, but since we realized some of Poli's friends from US were also in Delhi we cut some of the sight seeing short & visited with them instead.
each pillar was carved in a different design
Later we drove by the Prime Ministers Mansion
Due to Diwali the Smog was thicker than usual and all kind of disappeared in foglike clouds.
But still it was an amazing experience & I would love to go back & explore that country more