‘Visiting The Taj Mahal Was Always My Dream’ – Cory Lee’s Bucket Wish #37 Comes True With Enable Travel!
Wheelchair travel enthusiast, and winner of the Lowell Thomas award for Best Blogger, Cory Lee had always dreamed of visiting the Taj Mahal. But like many other wheelchair users, Cory didn’t expect his bucket list #37 dream to ever come true, as he had always thought of India as an inaccessible country. But when Enable Travel invited him to travel across the Golden Triangle, he didn’t hesitate in accepting the invite!
Cory arrived in New Delhi with his mother Sandy Gilbreath and best friend Kayla Godwin, from super cold Amsterdam, and began to fall in love with India. Cory wrote, “I absolutely LOVE Europe and the US and everywhere else, but after a certain point, everywhere starts to kind of feel the same – pretty buildings, lots of history, etc. I wanted to experience something vastly different than anything in my previous travels… and I certainly did here in India with Enable Travel.”
Waiting to receive them at the airport was a swanky WAV (wheelchair accessible vehicle), setting the tone for the journey ahead! The hotel chosen very carefully for him was The Lalit, which Cory described on his blog as – “My accessible room is FANTASTIC! A hoyer lift/hoist can easily go under the bed, the room is spacious, and the bathroom has a roll-in shower! I’m impressed!”
The first monument they visited was the Qutub Minar, which was Cory’s first experience of the ever present interest in his wheelchair, with strangers requesting selfies and others clicking away without a by your leave!
‘The people here in India are tremendously fascinated with my wheelchair. Literally every time that I get out of our tour bus, at least 5-10 people are gathered at the bottom of the ramp to look at me. And the number of times I’ve been asked to take a selfie with someone and/or they’ve just started snapping photos without asking is more than I can count. It’s unlike anywhere else I’ve been and it was somewhat weird to get used to in the beginning, but now I’m kind of enjoying the attention. #CelebrityOfIndia #WheelchairInvadesIndia”.
1. Qutub Minar
‘The first attraction that I visited here in Delhi was Qutub Minar and WOWZA, it impressed! At about 236-feet high, this UNESCO World Heritage Site was built in 1193 as a tower of victory to signify the beginning of Muslim rule in India. And there were even ramps and decent access around the site. Our Enable Travel guide said that accessibility is sloooowly improving around the country!”
2. Humayun Tomb
Next on Cory’s itinerary was Humayun’s Tomb, built in 1570 in Delhi, and said to be the inspiration for the Taj Mahal. He wrote, “It’s absolutely beautiful and the route to it, while a bit cobble-stoned and bumpy in sections, was doable in a wheelchair. Yay!”
3. Raj Ghat
Raj Ghat or Gandhi Samadhi is something Cory was looking forward to, as Mahatma Gandhi’s sayings have always been special to him. He was really pleased to see his favourite quote engraved on a stone at the Raj Ghat– Be the change you want to see in the world – “This is one of my favorite quotes ever by Mahatma Gandhi. Here in Delhi, I was able to visit Gandhi’s cremation site. It’s very simply designed, but beautiful and it was inspiring to be there,” Cory said, describing his visit to the centre of Delhi.
Cory’s experience of Old Delhi is best recounted via the video on his blog! ‘‘India’s capital of Delhi is split up into 2 parts: New Delhi and Old Delhi. Old Delhi is much busier and more chaotic, but it’s a definite must-see. Traffic is unlike anything I’ve seen before and our guide said that you need 3 things to drive in India: a good horn, good brakes, and good luck. My wheelchair doesn’t have a very good horn, but the brakes and luck came in handy during my quick roll through part of Old Delhi with Enable Travel,” he smiles.
4. The Bangla Sabh Temple
“The Sikh temple in Delhi, India is easily one of my favorite places I’ve ever visited. The sounds and amount of people here is sensory overload and I love it! 😄 Aside from the beautiful temple, there’s also a community kitchen on-site. Anyone, regardless of how much money they do or do not have, can come eat here and all of the food is made by volunteers. They consider it an honor to cook the food and serve others.”
This was only phase one of the three amazing destinations that make up the Golden Triangle in India. Delhi had a lot to offer, but wait till you hear what Agra and Jaipur were like for Cory.
Coming up soon – Cory Lee in Agra and Jaipur! Until then, check out Cory’s blog https://www.curbfreewithcorylee.com/ for more fascinating journeys.
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