By Akshaj Mehta, Sci-Tech Kids Editor
I had an amazing and very enjoyable experience on my 14-day trip to India in November 2016. I not only met my parents’ family and friends but also got an opportunity to visit two metropolitan cities: New Delhi (capital city of India) and Mumbai (known as NY of India).
Both places are known for their busy lifestyles, rich heritage, and fascinating historical monuments, and I was lucky to see and explore them on this trip.
The most beautiful place that I liked in New Delhi was India Gate, located in central Delhi. It was built to rest the graves of the soldiers who fought in India’s freedom struggle. Under the arch of India gate is a fire that supposedly will never go out on the grave of Amar Jawan Jyoti.
The next stop on my mission of exploring New Dehli was Raj Ghat. It was famous because it was a huge monument and had Mahatma Gandhi’s urn (burnt ashes inside a decorated pot). Mahatma Gandhi was an eminent leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India. Mahatma Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.
Most of my time in India, I stayed in Mumbai at my grandparents’ house. Mumbai has beautiful buildings built before India’s independence during the British era. The first place we visited was CST, which was called Victoria Terminus. This is the main hub for local trains.
We visited The Gateway of India. It was made to commemorate King George V and Queen Mary.
Just across the street from Gateway of India is Taj Mahal Hotel. Taj Mahal Hotel was attacked a by group of terrorists on November 26, 2008.
As we drove through Colaba on Marine Drive, we saw tall skyline buildings. The sea was beautiful and mesmerizing. It was a nice, cool breeze.
The next stop driving through Marine Drive was Hanging Gardens. They are terraced gardens located at the top of Malabar Hill. They provide sunset views over the Arabian Sea. The garden also features numerous hedges carved into the shapes of animals.
I loved my trip to India with my family. I was able to learn about the beautiful heritage where my parents were born and raised. India truly is a country of fascinating monuments and historical places.