Another quiet morning.
More dosa’s for breakfast.
We explored a little bit but mostly drank in the ease of being at the hotel and its beautiful grounds. We caught up on emails and some work and then headed out to meet Shradha at the Lotus Temple. This place is the most visited attraction in India, receiving over 10,000 visitors a day. We were delighted to be able to come after hours, and to meet with the Director, tour the display in the Visitors’ Centre, and walk to the Temple in the setting sun. It was a stunning path to the entrance in the half light, and the sun blazed out as we approached. Once again we were thrilled to have the opportunity to sit quietly in the House of Worship. As we left we turned to see the Temple glowing on its own, illumined within and without its walls, and surrounded by lighting in the garden. It was truly a gift to be there.
Shradha, Aditya, Julian and I headed to a nearby Chinese restaurant, recommended by a friend, where we caught a last view of the Temple from a window on an upper floor. Then we feasted on dumplings and treats and enjoyed stimulating conversation during which Julian and I learned a great deal about Indian history. Very happily, another L’Opera patisserie was across the street, so we ended our evening with macarons and decaf together.
After the sweets, the sweet goodbyes ... and we headed our separate ways. Aditya, it was lovely to meet you and hope to see you again.