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To complete the Golden Triangle tour, our last stop took us to the capital of India; Dehli.
This is home to the Gandhi memorial where in the centre of the Ghat lies the eternal flame on top of a marble platform (draped in flowers) to commemorate the spot where he was cremated after his assassination. Surrounding the Ghat are large gardens and it’s quite a tranquil place (for Dehli standards) so it’s nice to get a bit of peace and quiet here.
Our next stop took us to the tomb of Humayun which is Dehli’s equivalent of the Taj Mahal. Although it isn’t as impressive, we still enjoyed our time here. It’s filled with a wide collection of tombs, old mosques and some lovely gardens. It does lack signs within the complex, so you may want to read up before visiting.
National Gandhi Museum
Before visiting, we didn’t know that much about Gandhi other than he was revolutionary in gaining independence for India. The upstairs is an ‘interactive’ section, but it is essentially an interactive way of pressing play to show different videos. We were shown around the interactive section by someone who works in the museum, but every time we started watching a video he would say ‘this is X minutes long, let’s move on.’ It was almost like he didn’t want to be there! We wouldn’t really recommend visiting here unless you are keen on learning the history of India/Gandhi.
Indira Gandhi Memorial
Next up was the memorial site of Indira Gandhi, who was killed by her own security team. This site was the residence where she and her family lived during her time as prime minister. This was slightly more engaging than the previous museum as there were more things to see, but again it’s not a ‘must see’.
We are off to Nepal now to do some trekking. See you in the mountains!