Post Written by Sally Komarek
Twenty-Six long hours after departing NMH, we landed in New Delhi and were greeted by our Where There Be Dragons leaders, Yoli, Michael, and Anna. Since then, we've been fortunate to spend the past 36 hours exploring the intricacies of Delhi, authentically experiencing this city in all its wonder and awe.
Group photo taken at Bangla Sahib Gurudwara.
Our first day included a spectacular South Indian lunch in Connaught Place. This vegetarian meal was a fantastic introduction to the tantalizing array of foods this nation has to offer. After filling our bellies, we shopped for traditional Indian clothes at some nearby shops. The vibrant, ornate, and seemingly endless options made it so hard to make decisions! Luckily our Dragons instructor Yoli and the store staff helped us find the perfect combinations. We are looking forward to dressing in a traditional manner. In Rajasthan, one's attire is extremely important in impacting the degree to which one is respected, and we want to support and immerse ourselves in the culture of this wonderful place.
Delicious spread of South Indian cuisine.
Our second day began with a delicious and hearty hotel breakfast. Everyone was well-rested, and eager to continue unpacking this city with so many complex layers. After a group briefing, reflection, and journaling session, we departed the Hotel for Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, a Sikh Temple. The values and beliefs of Sikhism shape the practices as well as the very structure of the temple grounds. Members of Bangla Sahib Gurudwara also volunteer in every aspect of the community, ranging from cooks, tour guides, and musicians. Our visit to the sacred space was described as powerful and calming. The opportunity to witness individuals practicing their faith in such an environment was immensely transformative. We toured the grounds at Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, including a stop in the community kitchen, which feeds over 10,000 people a day.
Group of students with some friends they made at Bangla Sahib Gurudwara.
Charlie Bonetti helping make Chapatis at Bangla Sahib Gurudwara.
After helping make the Chapati, we joined members of Bangla Sahib Gurudwara for lunch. Once again, we were treated to a delicious array of foods! We made sure to consume every last bite of food before proceeding to the Qutub Miner. This historic site was built in 1199 and still serves as a mosque temple today. Josh Gamble '18 shared information about the history and purpose of Qutub Minar, even attracting the attention from some locals who were curious about the knowledge he shared.
Josh Gamble briefing the group about the history of Qutub Minar.
Adele Behar and Eve Mansfield at Qutub Minar.
Afterwards, we went to Dilli Haat, nearby market to purchase some souvenirs. The market was stunning and offered a wide variety of items. If you are a parent, sibling, or friend reading the blog, I hope you are lucky enough to receive a present or two from our Dilli Haat excursion!
We ended our second day at a restaurant near our hotel, followed by individual and small group math lessons with Math teacher extraordinaire and NMH class of '05 Cambridge Prize Award Winner Kai Robinson. The students are heading to bed shortly, as it'll be an early morning for our group. We depart for Jodhpur bright and early tomorrow morning. We are looking forward to our continued adventure and exploration, and our upcoming visit to Sambhali Trust. We look forward to sharing our adventures with you!