Shoes and socks are not allowed in the Sikh temples & it is obligatory for men and women to cover their heads. Scarves are provided free by the Temple, your own full-size scarves are also allowed.
Our breakfast buffet at the hotel includes Indian, Continental, and American breakfast options.
ORIENTATION: Immediately after breakfast, the program gets underway with our Orientation session. We will gather for a warm welcome and introductions, followed by an overview of the program. We will review the schedule and any changes; discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures and contact numbers for key staff; currency, language, time-keeping, and answer any questions. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to weather or other local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. FIELD TRIP: Start off with an overview of modern India and learn about the more recent history of this ancient land as our local expert leads you past India Gate, reminiscent of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, that commemorates Indian soldiers who died during World War I; Parliament, the nation’s supreme legislative body; and President House (Rashtrapati Bhavan), a huge complex that serves as the official residence of the President of India. Then continue to Delhi’s most important Sikh Temple, Gurdwara Bangla Sahib. Dating from 1783, it is distinctive for its golden dome and dramatic setting on a pond whose waters are considered sacred by Sikhs.
Today we dine at a local restaurant.
FIELD TRIP: This afternoon, we encounter Qutub Minar, a masterpiece of Mughal architecture and one of the finest monuments in all of India, soaring up 237 feet. Qutab-ud-din Aibak, the first Muslim ruler of Delhi, began construction in 1192. The conical tower is an exquisite example of Indo-Islamic Afghan architecture. Qutub Minar is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has survived the ravages of time impressively.
Our official welcome dinner at the hotel provides more tastes of India with a menu of local cuisine and an optional, complimentary glass of wine/beer. (You may order more on your own.)
Take the rest of the evening to relax and make new Road Scholar friends.