A day among the Delhi of Mughal times
The 1st morning at Delhi started with a great breakfast from where we stayed – detaisl of which I am gonna put up on a separate write up.. The day’s trip was towards Old Delhi. So, it started by taking an auto rickshaw to Lal Quila (Red Fort) from our Hotel area. If you are near any of the Metro Stations on Yellow Line, you can take a Metro ride till Chandni Chowk Metro Station, which is exactly opposite to Red Fort.
Destination 1 – Red Fort:
The quintessential show of Mughal architectecture
I would not blabber about all the histories about Red Fort here as there are so many articcles over the Internet talking about it and its histories. Rather I would certainly mention some tips from our personal experience that I thought would help anyone visiting the place.
- Footfall at Red Fort remain on the higher side throughout the year. Even on a hot summer morning/afternoon, it was well occupied with tourists.
- Ticket charges are at the rate 30 INR per head, audio tours are at 180 INR(for English); for other languages the prices are a bit less.
- Meena Bazaar – at the entrance of the Lahore gate is a good Bazaar if you have a knowledge of junk jewelry and other stone studded jewelries. You can bargain the prices though.
- When we went inside, many of the structures were under renovation, which means in few months visitors would be able to access the refurbished monuments.
- Diwaan-i-Aam and Diwaan-i-Khaas are worth the visit due to the massive structures and the exquisite murals all over the high rised pillars and ceilings of the respective halls.
- If you are interested in historical architecture, Nahr-i-Bikisht (stream of Paradise) is a great place. Pavilions were connected by water channels that acted as air conditioners throughout the Fort and for the buildings there.
- History says, most of the jewels, stones (Kohinoor among them) were looted and the fort was destroyed in 1857. But Lord Curzon restored a big part of these during his time in India.
- They are few barracks made by the British inside this area that have been kept closed for visitors. Those look massive and built according to the Colonial architecture.
- Washrooms and drinking water is available inside the ticketed complex. So, you can avoid buying plastic bottles from outside for drinking water.
Destination 2 – Parathe Wali Gali:
After visiting this place, we were really hungry and hence took a local rickshaw to Chandni Chowk market. We went straight to the famous ‘Paranthe Wali Gali’.
- Local shared Autos would charge a maximum 20 INR per head.
- Few of the shops are worth the visit for both shopping and eating.
- Lassi/Rabri among sweets and any kind of parathas-a must for every visit to this famous place of utter gluttony.
- Jung Bahadur kachori shop is famous for its Kachoris and Lassi
- Baburam Parathewale has wide range of great parathas. Their Nimbu Paratha, Methi Paratha and few other specialties are good to try for along with the traditional aloo parathas.
- Also a trip through the old streets of Chandni Chowk is a great experience. If you have any upcoming wedding to attend, this place is a cheap and the best place to collect some dresses/ dress materials/ lehengas, etc.
P.S.: Do not miss the Raabri too of the place – that’s really yummy!!