Last Sunday, I fulfilled a promise that I had made to myself- bringing alive , through images, the chequered history of the Red Fort of Delhi, India.
It is a hauntingly beautiful fort and unlike many such old castles spread throughout the world and India, is always bustling with tourists. Many travellers from United States, United Kingdom , continental Europe , Korea and Japan make this fort a part of their itinerary.
Red Fort is a traveller’s paradise.
Have a look at this bazaar, perhaps one of the oldest surviving bazaars of India. It is called Chhatta Bazaar, or a bazaar of beehives
Constructed in the middle of the 17th century by the Mughal Emperor, Shahjehan, this bazaar was also called Meena Bazaar, so called, because wives of his nobles used to sell their wares to the Emperor himself.
If a particular lady caught his fancy, well, she was endowed with good luck!
Have a look at the gold or brass coloured ancient door to the Fort.
Dear traveller, a word of advice: have a kullad of lassi or sweet buttermilk before you start onward. It is quite a long distance to cover.
It is yummy and full of energy!
As we go further, an ancient inscription in Persian welcomes us , hello, can someone decipher?