Above is Victoria Memorial in Calcutta, named after Queen Victoria. I wish I had my guidebook to remind me of more of the history of the building. Both Finn and Lightning posed in front of it though I am only showing Lightning to the left. It has both permanent and temporary exhibits. To be honest, it's been so long that I don't remember the exhibits that I saw there. What I do remember (sadly) is the relief I felt that some of the rooms in the building were air-conditioned!
The building was surrounded y beautiful and peaceful gardens, which were lovely to walk in. Outside of the grounds were silver horse-drawn carriages to ride in. There were also a lot of these around Gateway of India in Mumbai, but I didn't get any pictures of them there. We decided not to take a carriage ride, but to walk.
We walked I'm not sure how many miles through the city and finally found ourselves at Mother Teresa's mission.
It was amazing to read about her life (and I read every word in the small museum), to sit by her tomb, and through a stroke of luck, go to mass (in Spanish) in the chapel next to her tomb.
Pictures could be taken of her tomb, but I decided to simply sit there and take in where I was. I did take a picture just outside the museum and tomb, next to a statue of Mother Teresa. One thing that struck me about the mission was that there was no obvious place to give a donation for the amazing work the sisters continue to do. I had to seek out one of the sisters to ask about doing so.
On another day, we visited the India Museum, which was quite fascinating with exhibits on archaeology, native plants and their uses, animals of the world, the people and traditional clothing of India, fossils, and more. There was a charge to take pictures in the museum. I didn't pay it, but did sneak this picture (and get reprimanded for doing so!). The exhibits were great and very interesting, but sadly not well taken care of. See the thick layer of dust... Because much of the museum was open air, there wasn't a way to control the temperature or humidity around the exhibits, and it was obvious the elements had taken their toll on some things.
I suppose that's all for this post. Hopefully, I'll be able to post more soon, especially more pictures! Peace.