This morning we proceed for a very holy experience. We will witness the fusion and faith of Hindu and Sikh religion.
We first visit to Laxmi Narayan Temple or Birla Mandir- the temple was built in 1939 by an industrialist Mr. Birla whose family has built many temples in India. The popular story is that the family believes that if they stop the making of temples it will bring bad fate. This temple is dedicated to Laxmi (the goddess of prosperity) and Narayana (The preserver). The temple was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi on the condition that people of all castes will be allowed to enter the temple. Here we will have a special pooja (prayer) ceremony organized by the priest of the temple.
Not far from this temple we drive to Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, the prominent house of worship for Delhi’s Sikh population. Please note that you will be required to be barefoot during your entire visit and your belongings will be held in a secure location. Learn about Sikhism and langar- a community kitchen where all people regardless of race or religion are made welcome to eat.
Lunch at Lodi The Garden Restaurant
Lodi- The Garden restaurant is touted as the city’s favorite al fresco casual dining restaurant. Situated in Lutyens Delhi, Lodi is a popular haunt for leisurely lunches, evening cocktails and other gastronomical experiences. Highlighted by its lush botanical surroundings, pebbled walkways and bamboo railings, the restaurant is an extension of Lodhi Garden. The menu is an eclectic mix of flavours from around the world, though emphasis remains on the European influenced cuisine. Lodi – The Garden restaurant borrows serenity from the adjacent Lodhi Gardens; a peaceful heritage park, housing numerous trees more than a century old and seeped in history, Lodhi Garden boasts of 16th & 17th century Mughal architecture and beautifully decorated tombs with a well laid out garden consisting of small water bodies and a variety of flora and fauna.