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Letter from Delhi and Amritsar

We finished up our 2008 travels with a trip to Delhi and Amritsar……

We travelled to Delhi in December 2008 to stay with our friends Marty and Melanie. We changed our travel plans a little after the Mumbai terrorist attacks and didn’t take trains as we had originally planned and instead flew to Amritsar in north west India, very close to the Pakistan border. We’ve been wanting to go there for ages and it was every bit as amazing as we hoped for. The Golden Temple rates up there with the Taj Mahal as one of the most amazing sights in India. I don’t have much time to write a full travelogue so here’s a selection of small pictures from our trip.

Saffy on her Frieda cow at AD airport

The Qutb Minar in Delhi – a minaret almost 1000 years old

both of us with a child on our backs, getting mobbed by schoolgirls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The crowds on the India Pakistan border at Wagah

There were comperes with microphones getting the crowds going and the chants of “Pakistan” “Hindustan” echoed back and forth across the border gates which made for a football crowd atmosphere!

 

 

The girls both had India flags! Saffy waved hers but Indy’s was used to experiment with the 2 new teeth that grew that week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many pilgrims – including Tommy, Saffy, Melanie and Marty

washing feet

volunteers help out preparing food

queuing  to get across the Gurus bridge

peace and craziness all at the same time

 

 

Inside the hotel

The courtyard

At the Qutb Minar

 

 

Amritsar

A big deal is made of shutting the border between India and Pakistan for the night. There is fierce rivalry between the guards who try to outdo each other and all strut around like peacocks. It was a brilliant spectacle!

High kicks “ministry of silly walks” style are a big part of the ceremony!

 

There was a lot of butt cheek clenching going on!

Groupies!

 

We went to see the Golden Temple in Amritsar for the first time by night. It was breathtaking.

There is a ceremony each evening where the Sikh holy book (the Guru Granth Sahib) gets put to bed. Saffron thought this was a great concept and asked if the chanting that was going on was the people reading a bedtime story to the book.

When we went back again the next day she also asked if the book would be awake yet!

First view by day

 

Entrance to the kitchen and dining room, which serves upto 40,000 meals per day, all for free and with pilgrims volunteering

vats of daal and cupboards full of chapatti’s

 

One of my fave pics… a quiet moment in all the craziness

 

One last look……

 

Daddy and his girls on the swing in the courtyard of our hotel

Melanie and Marty getting Indigo cuddles

Daddy and Indy out for dinner

Indigo on Mummy’s back

 

Lunch break in Delhi

 

 

 

 

The gate is opened and we can see the Pakistan border guards on the other side

 

 

Lowering the flags

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was lots of cheek pinching and photo calls for both girls, who took it very much in their strides for the most part.

 

 

plates all stacked up

 

Marty and Melanie making friends

some more photocalls for Kirsty and Indigo

 

 

 

As ever, we loved being in vibrant, alive, bustling India and came back planning our next trip…. which you can see here

Kirsty x

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