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!