Friday, March 20, 2009

Day3- The second day for holistic India

In day 3, we choose the tour 4 which is Temples of Modern Architecture- Quite Literally! The tour basically is organized by Holcim. Due to the terrorist attacked Mumbai last night, some of the trip had been cancelled for safely purpose. Anyway, I still able to visit Vishwa Shanti Stupa, Lotus temple and Hindi temple.

Vishwa Shanti Stupa

Delhi’s latest landmark, called the Vishwa Shanti Stupaor peace pagoda, is located at the Millennium Park. It was unveiled by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The landmark also houses some of Budha’s relics. The stupa stands against the backdrop of some magnificent historical buildings like the Old Fort and Humayan tomb. The “Vishwa Shanti Stupa” is 28 meters high and its construction was inspired by the world famous Sanchi Stupa at Sanchi in Madhya Pradesh

Lotus temple

The Bahai temple world over are known for their architecture splendor, and the Temple constructed in Delhi is a continuation of this rich tradition. Before undertaking the design of the temple, the architect, Fariborz Sahba, had traveled extensively in India to study the architecture of this land and was impressed by the design of the beautiful temples, as well as by the art and religious symbols wherein the lotus invariably played an important role.

The interior of Lotus temple is an open space where everyone can have a meditation inside the hall even though you are from different religion. The day lighting from the ceiling creates a nice shadow on the floor.


Sanskriti literally means ‘the process of cultivating’. The Foundation has been working towards cultivating an environment for the preservation and development of the artistic and cultural resources not only of India but of the world as a whole.

The venue for the second day dinner is as unique as the dinner itself.

Tonight, we have to get a taste of local traditions and customs with an ‘all vegetarian dinner’ tonight. Seriously, I felt hungry after the dinner. I cannot accept the vegetable with so many spices until I can feel my tongue is in numb condition.

An oasis of tranquility in the mayhem of the bustling metropolis lies Sanskriti featuring two unique museums. A museum of Terracota art that showcases the art that symbolizes civilization and a museum of Everyday art, depicting articles of use in everyday life of ordinary Indian homes from the last two centuries.

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