This was our first serious trip after our move back to India. This was our first serious trip in more than a year. We don't know if our algorithm to visit a city with a baby still works... with a three year old autistic child. This time we will not be relying on Gerber for the first time. Pranav is now eating normal food and we hoped it would be easy to find home-like food when travelling in India.
Pranav still sleeps about an hour and a half in the afternoon. We used that window (apart from giving him half an Avomine) to get to New Delhi from Pune. We could reach our hotel (Devna in Sundar Nagar) incident free in the afternoon. We gave Pranav some food that we had brought from home. In the late afternoon (4pm-ish), we went to the nearby Purana Qila (Old Fort). We had taken the small umbrella stroller with us this time and Pranav was happy sitting in it and do people-watching. We fed him bread and jam for the evening and gave him curd rice for dinner.
Today was Holi and because of that lots of restaurants and shops were closed. We started the day with a light breakfast at our B&B. We fed Pranav cereal with milk. We started off with Humayun's tomb. The site was practically deserted. We spent an hour there and gave Pranav oats. We took an auto-rickshaw (tuk-tuk) to Akshardam. The snack bar there was open. We gave Pranav Dokla and came back to the hotel for Pranav's afternoon nap. In the evening, we went to the Red Fort (took an auto). We gave Pranav bread and jam there. In the evening, we ordered chapati and dal for Pranav from the B&B
Today being Monday, most of the sites are closed. Our pre-trip research on what would be open on a Monday was very useful today. After the same breakfast, we went to the Lodi Gardens. We gave Pranav oats there (when one thing works, we stick by it for the entire trip). After a couple more sites, we ended up in Saravana Bhavan (South Indian eatery) in CP. We gave Pranav idlis there and came back to the hotel for his nap. In the afternoon, we checked out Jama Masjid and Firoz Shah Kotla and fed Pranav his customary bread-jam sandwich at the Firoz Shah Kotla ruins. Dinner was curd rice for Pranav.
We stuck to the same breakfast and went to Tughlaqabad for the morning sight-seeing. The tomb of Gyath-ud-din Tughlaq was the quite ruin of the day to feed Pranav his oats. We went to Action for Autism to do evaluation on Pranav. This would have been our second opinion gathering session after Pranav was diagnosed with autism. They confirmed his condition and re-confirmed that there is no magic wand that anyone can wave to shoo away his disorder. Pranav slept in the auto-ride back. After feeding him chapati and dal, we spent the afternoon at the Modern Art museum.
Today we fed Pranav his oats breakfast at Qutub Minar. As usual, he had fun running around the ruins in the morning. We then went and checked out Hauz Khas ruins before picking up lunch at another South Indian place. In the evening, we went to the crafts museum which was right next door to the B&B. The only change in the day's plan was that Manoj went and checked out the National Museum while Pranav had his afternoon nap.
Today Pranav's breakfast was at the Lotus Temple and we had lunch back at the B&B. In the evening we went to the Dolls Museum which Pranav seemed to enjoy for a while. We ended the day at the Raj Ghat.
We went to AFA for a sensory evaluation of Pranav. We got some advice on what we should do to improve his social skills. The whole trip messed up with Pranav's sleep and he missed his afternoon nap after many a months. In the evening, we checked out the homes of Nehru and Indira. We had a bit of a hard time with Pranav till we put him to sleep for the night as the effect of the missed nap showed on him.
Fly back to Pune. Thanks to half an Avomine, it was event free.