Perhaps it was being propelled through the chaos of Delhi traffic on a bicycle rickshaw. Or was it desperately clutching our phones, trying to take pictures of an elusive Bengal tiger before it disappeared out of view? For most, it was probably being left awe-struck by the sheer beauty of the Taj Mahal.
There were so many highlights on the Sixth Form’s recent tour of India. A full write up and more pictures will no doubt follow in the next edition of the Chronicle, but beneath is a brief account of the Sixth Form’s recent adventures.
The girls were treated to a changing of the guard ceremony within the Presidential palace grounds, visited the India gate, Delhi mosque, Akshardam and Lotus Temples in Delhi. They also enjoyed striking a bargain or two around the Indian capital’s markets and street stalls. Next up was the magnificent City palace of the Maharajas of Jaipur; then in and around the ‘pink city’ where our girls travelled by elephant up to the picturesque Amber fort.
In Ranthambore we really were lucky enough to see a Bengal tiger in the wild on our second safari and we then generated an incredible amount of excitement at a local girls’ school by dropping in during their lunch hour. Agra, the seat of the Mughul Empire and location of the impressive Agra fort and simply spell-binding Taj Mahal, followed next on this whirlwind tour. Then an internal flight to Amritsar to see and get a sense of the spiritual draw of the Golden Temple before paying our respects at the Jallianwalla Bagh, scene of the 1919 Amritsar massacre. Finally, it was back to Delhi for some last minute shopping and then home.
Our 11-day whirlwind tour around India’s ‘Golden lasso’ (Delhi-Jaipur-Ranthambore-Agra-Amritsar-Delhi) truly was a trip of a lifetime. Many thanks to all those involved in making this most special trip possible.