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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Red Fort, New Delhi

I saw this sunrise today, just outside the Rajiv Chowk, Metro Station. I was up this early for a reason :-) A school-time friend of mine, Sunaina (who is officially the most funny person I know), had a fortnight ago passed around an invite for a tweet-up. This is how it worked, some photography enthusiasts thought of arranging a photo shoot at Red Fort. Since I had not been able to get the Red Fort on Delhi Photo Diary (DPD) until now, I jumped at the chance.
So a bunch of people, all strangers for me (except for Sunaina), met at the Rajiv Chowk Metro Station. From there we boarded a train to Chandni Chowk.

Chandni Chowk is the old part of the Delhi. The lanes are narrow, the buildings are in dilapidated condition and the crowd is intimidating because of the sheer number of people in the area.

We walked from the Chandni Chowk Metro Station to the Red Fort or the Lal Qila (Hindi).

I really liked the 'modernity meets history' vibe of this building. Sunaina made some astute observations about the name of the shops and had me in splits.

A few more steps and we were outside the Sheesh Ganj Gurudwara.

There is no place around the world, which is more secular. We were going to Red Fort, which houses within its campus, Moti Masjid (Islamic place of worship). On our way we crossed a Gurudwara (Sikh temple) and the Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir, which is the oldest and best known Jain temple in Delhi. The Lal Mandir is exactly opposite to the Red Fort.And finally, the group reached Red Fort. When we reached the place, the sun was on our faces so we managed to get silhouettes.

After some more 'sunny' photos, we proceeded inside. I will bring more photos in the coming days.
Since I have mentioned her name so many times in this post, here is Sunaina. Actually 2 of her!


Patty said...

Great photos, looks like a trip you enjoyed. Love the photo of your friend and her reflection in the water.

kavita said...

Priyanka...the trip looks and sounds wonderful.Like always your post makes me home sick.

kavita said...

Hi to Sunaina and her reflection.

Leif Hagen said...

Some great architecture you showed us! Poor Sunaina is standing upside down on her head! Ha!

Aditi said...

Looks like you have had a great time..Old Delhi has an inexplicable charm....i went to chandni chowk last month and it was just wonderful..the lanes, the dilapidated buildings, the people...the place is special...I hope you also went to the khao gali....and gorged on the paranthas..if not, then lets do it next :-)

Anonymous said...

It looks like you have made your friend, Kavita, homesick. It is a nice set of photos. I enlarged all of them to see the details the small pics miss. Nice.

one planet said...

so many good one thks

vipin said...

great pics .......keep shining ...

magiceye said...

that was lovely!!! wonderful captures all!!

R. Ramesh said...

yes great pix..keep rocking..:)

mahi raj said...

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