We hope you enjoy joining in sharing the memories
Theresa McDermott hosted a live conversation with Michael Bowyer MBE, SITA manager Farooq Kolu, and local SITA Tour Guides: Surinder Rajawat, Sudhir Agarwal, Dilip Chatwani and Shaju Mohan who all shared their memories of WAFA 2020 and our tours. We recorded the chat which you can watch below:
Something extra from our friends at SITA
We asked Farooq, Surinder, Sudhir, Dilip and Shaju to share a little bit extra - favourite places they like to visit and, in Farooq's case, his thoughts on WAFA 2020
I'd never seen halls full of floral arrangements and installations before and I so enjoyed spending three hours looking at the designs - I thought it was a heaven of flowers.
Jain Temple inside Ranthambore Fort is one of my favourite places. Based on Hindu and Jain architecture, this temple has beautiful carving on red sand stone and white marble. Whenever I have any free time in Ranthambore I also like to go to Dastkar Village which showcases incredible handmade tribal crafts.
My favourite place to visit in Delhi is the Lotus Temple, a serene location in an otherwise bustling city. An architectural marvel, it's perfectly designed to resemble a Lotus flower and, despite being one of the most visited places in the country, it offers a sense of calm to its visitors. Another place I enjoy is a tiny village 20 kilometres from Shimla called Fagu, which has breath-taking panoramic views of the mighty Himalayas.
My favorite place in Jaipur is the MASALA CHOWK for delicious, authentic street food. ('Masala' translates to spice and 'Chowk' in Hindi means an open area or public square.) Conveniently located near the Albert Hall Museum, it has over 21 different stalls serving authentic and legendary Indian street foods from different parts of the Pink City. The atmosphere is welcoming and relaxing and the prices are very pocket friendly too.
When I am in Agra I like to visit Mother Theresa Home (Missionaries of Charity), an orphanage for children where you can donate money, clothing or even your services, or ‘Seva*, to help the children they care for. I am always touched by the Charity’s dedication towards humanity. And no visit to the Golden Temple in Amritsar is complete without a trip to the nearby Jalebi Wala, one of the oldest (over 150 years) and finest sweet shops in India. Their jalabies (a delicious Indian sweet) are world-famous and are a must to try.
*Seva is a Sanskrit word meaning selfless service