Just outside Chadni Chowk metro station, we are able to witness the madness that Old Delhi is. Earlier today, at the apartment, my flatmates and I agreed on doing something fun together, and we decided to visit Delhi’s Red Fort. So here we are now, standing in front of the station, trying to decide how to get from point A to B, which only takes 5 minutes walking, but that is something we cannot do at 45 degrees celsius. We are debating on wether to get a sunburn or to pay an autorickshaw an expensive ride (because we are foreigners and we are going to a tourist attraction), and finally we decide to get there in a traditional rickshaw, the ones with a bike. I regret that decision the second I’m on the thing, because I feel terrible for the guy trying so hard to go fast under this extremely hot sun with me and my roommate just sitting there. We get off, pay the poor bhaiya covered in sweat and we give him a very generous tip and finally we are here, standing in front of the majestic Delhi’s Red Fort.
Like its name indicates, this place is completely build in redstone and it has the most amazing walls at the entrance with an Indian flag waving at the top. NExt to the entry gate there’s a sign and I’m here standing reading about Delhi’s Red Fort, and how it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007 , and I’m impatient to go inside in and explore every corner of this place that used to be a palace during the Mughal Dynasty.
As we enter the Red Fort, there’s a big hallway with dimmed lights full of vendors who try to convince us to go to their shops, all full of lamps of different colors, and it all adds a little of mystery to the beginning of our tour. The stores also display beautiful necklaces, bags with embroidery and all kinds of souvenirs that always make me crave.
After several minutes walking around the first areas of the Red Fort, we get to the Moti Masjid Mosque. Access to it is not allowed, but I don’t care anyway because I’m going crazy after recognizing a beautiful engraved golden door that served as inspiration for one of my first designs at work. I take hundreds of photos and then we continue our tour to the imperial enclosure, easy to recognized by the characteristic all-white look of the groups of buildings, and trust me, to look at them is just absolutely amazing.
By the end of our visit to Delhi’s Red Fort, we decide to stay for a few minutes in the gardens on the back of the complex, and the shadows of the big trees, and a little bit of cool breeze, help us cool down to continue onto the next adventure: crossing Chadni Chowk. We must go through the market to get to the metro station again and since it’s a little bit later in the afternoon and the temperature has cool down a few degrees, we decide it’s better to walk. The market is chaotic and extremely crowded, and in top of it all, some parts of it have heavy car traffic. For a minute I think it would have been better to take an autorickshaw, no matter how expensive it was, because the heat is intense and the turban I did minutes before is the only thing preventing me from dying dehydrated.
But like I said in the previous post, every passing minute here is a chance that India has to surprise you, and out of the nowhere, we come across to a Krishna “parade”, with decorated floats and a marching band right at the front. One guy playing the trumpet looks at us and in a very subtle way poses for my camera. After getting in the metro and coming back all the way to Lajpat Nagar, we have lunch at the Afghan restaurant and back at home I’m lying in my bed, going through all the photos of the day, and smiling so much that my face hurts.