Two New Yorkers spend six months 18 months!?! in Bangalore and other places in India.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

What's Better than the Qutb Minar?

I forgot to say yesterday that the Da Vinci Code Guide ended his talk by mentioning a new super-duper temple that (in his humble opinion) was more splendid than even the Qutb Minar. But you couldn't get there, he said, because no rickshaw driver would take you! This made it sound even more exotic, but I think he just meant that because it had just been finished last year, few people knew where it was yet. It was only when our friend Katherine sent us the NYT's coverage of the Disney-esque Swaminarayan Akshardham temple in east Delhi that we figured out what he was talking about.

Looks pretty great to me, but I don't see the point in entering it and the Qutb Minar in some monument beauty contest.

The photos are from Mahuresh, who has a nice Flickr photoset of and notes about the temple.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

From what I've read it certainly does sound like a Disneyland version of temple. Not sure I would want to spend my time in a theme park temple in India when there are so many authentic ones.