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An Alien in Spain - Visits India (New Delhi - Day 2)

After a good nights sleep I was up early in the morning to watch Delhi wake up from my advantage point on the rooftop garden at 6 am. The Pollution was evident as you could not see the distant building due to the haze however so far Delhi has not been as daunting as I was led to believe with sights or smells

After a filling breakfast of Omelette, cornflakes, toast, jam coffee or tea our intrepid group boarded three Turk Tuks to a local landmark Lodi Gardens.

Lodi Gardens has a lake, many birds and Chipmunks and access to The tomb of Muhammad Shah, Tomb of Sikandar Lodi and Shisha Gumbad and Bara Gumbad all of whom were rulers of parts of India and the sites are now protected.

To us simple tourists it presented the chance to wander in wonderfully warm weather and to meet with other tourists and locals who for some reason were fascinated with us white Europeans and wanted to say hello and have their photos taken with us ??

I have attached pictures of our time in Lodi Gardens which we all found most enjoyable however we are all sworn to secrecy over how Big Jon Bristow came to be left "holding the baby" !!!!!

After our time in Lodi Gardens we decided to jump in Tuk Tuks for the 50 Rupee (60 pence) ride of about 3 Kms to Humayan's Tomb. Humayun's tomb is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun, commissioned by Humayun's first wife and chief consort, Empress Bega Begum, in 1569-70, and designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyas, a Persian architect chosen by her. The Tomb is now a world heritage sight.

The Tomb is set in extensive grounds which were a delight to discover as was the actual Tomb although the number of steps were a test of some of the groups endurance powers. The time passed enjoyably and there were many picture opportunities and again we found ourselves press ganged into pictures with Indian families although some of us were now getting used to the fame and glamour.

In the same grounds can be found the ISA Khan's Garden Tomb. The tomb of Isa Khan was built during his lifetime between 1562-1571. An Afghan Nobel in the court of Sher Shah Suri, Isa Khan’s tomb has a strong resemblance with other tombs constructed during the Sur Dynasty.

Isa Khan’s tomb is beautifully adorned with varnished tiles, ornate awnings, lattice windows and ample verandahs held up by pillars. This tomb is one of the best and earliest examples of sunken garden style tombs in India.

This very enjoyable day ended with the group minus me heading off to have a meal while I grabbed a cab for the journey to the airport to ensure our American friend made it safely and with the help of friendly cab driver we managed to extricate Denise from the airport and whisk her off to The Jungle Bar to meet up with others from the group in time for last orders and a welcoming bottle of Kingfisher.

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