Day 1 – Monday, October 10, 2011
Arrive in New Delhi, Delhi, India at 10am in Delhi Airport (DEL)
Sites to See: Connaught Place, India Gate, Museums, Dilli Haat
Upon arrival you will immediately check in to the luxurious five start Taj Mahal
Hotel of New Delhi. Once you have unpacked, rested and cleaned up it is time to
discover the beautiful city of New Delhi, the capital city of India. Remember to dress
comfortably (ie shorts, walking shoes/scandals, tank top) because the average weather
in October is 91 Degrees Fahrenheit in the day and 67 Degrees Fahrenheit in the
evening. During this day, you might want to check out Connaught Place (the city’s
financial district), India Gate (a famous archway in the centre of New Delhi) and the
plethora of museums. Once you are ready to dig deeper into Indian culture, check out
Dilli Haat for delicious cuisine and shopping!
Day 2 – Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Exploring More of
New Delhi, Delhi, India
Site to See
: The Bahá'í House of Worship
The Bahá'í House of Worship or also known as the Lotus Temple—because of its
close resemblance to the Lotus Flower—is one of the most popular attractions in New
Delhi. Aside from this sites distinctly beautiful architecture, it is a public house of
worship that serves the laws of Bahá'í Faith of unity, and therefore welcoming those of
all religions as well as cultures. In other words, Bahá'í Faith instills the idea of oneness
(God, Religion and Mankind) to its followers and has been doing so for over 150 years.
Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of Bahá'í, was born as Mírzá
usayn-`Alí Núrí. He
professed to be a messenger from God and taught that humanity is essentially one.
Hence, in the Bahá'í Faith there are no holy/clergy men, but instead there are local and
international nine member governing councils called the Spiritual Council and Universal
House of Justice. This council is elected into term every five years and serves to
develop sound solutions to the problems of the world. Fariborz Sahba is the architectual
mastermind of the Bahá'í House of Worship, and has accepted many awards because
of his intricate design.