Red Fort-A visit To remember!
Had it not been for GoUnesco, i doubt about ever venturing out with this kind of sultry heat around. However, A wonderful initiative taken by Gounesco, Inspired me to step out and explore the heritage locations of the city, I am residing in since last 3 years.
An early morning start gave me no respite since the sun was already overhead right from 8:30 am making this challenge all the more challenging. I boarded the metro from Rajiv chowk metro station bounded for chandni chowk. Metro gave me some relief but that was short-lived. As soon as i reached Chandni chowk, a strong mob of people surrounded me. To see so many people in that kind of scorching heat inspired me to march forward towards Red fort.
But a thirsty throat and hunger pangs made it difficult to proceed further. I have heard a lot of appreciation for Haldiram’s branch at Chandni Chowk. I decided to go there. It was at a walking distance and took me a few minutes to reach the over-crowded place. Oh what a delight!
I ordered one plate chole-bhature (their specialty) and one glass aam ka panna. So that was A completely Typical Indian Lunch! This was also in coherence with my mission to explore India’s Traditional culture and heritage.
Once i completed my meal, i headed with full vigor towards red fort. I chose to walk to it to appreciate the surroundings that preceded this place. There were people from all strata of society appreciating the resplendent beauty known as Red Fort. As i reached that place, i could not resist myself from getting a few pictures clicked in-front of the imposing structure.
No doubt, we all have seen This monument a zillion times on television during the Presidential speeches. But seeing it from a stone-throw distance was altogether an another story. There were little kids jumping with joy and so was i, somewhere inside my heart, feeling proud to be an Indian, descendants of such a rich culture.
Moving forth, i got my tickets from the underground ticket booth. I took a few sips of water from my bottle and walked inside the red fort. If the grandeur of the place was a surprise, a bigger surprise was the market inside this place. The small dingy lane was made alive by series of handicrafts shops selling unique and ethnic items. Bangles, handmade bags, paintings, idols and so on. I bought a pair of earrings and a unique idol of Ganesha. After all Shopping at such a place is really irresistible!
Post this i roamed around this cultural monument, exploring its various sections and the history attached to them. As i read about every section of the fort, i felt those ancient moments coming alive. I could imagine the richness and magnificence with which they lived. I felt a sense of pride to be a part of it. I got a lot of pictures clicked in as many hilarious poses as i could.
There were people primarily families from almost all over the country visiting this place probably because almost every where summer vacations would be going on for the school kids. This made me wonder that had it been not for gounesco, i would have missed on such a beautiful place.
As i exited this place, i thanked the guards for taking up the challenge and keeping this place so secure and intact. They were pretty surprised by this sudden expression of gratitude. I guess we should do this more often for these brave hearts. Post this, i took 2 slices of fresh cucumber to quench the heat, wrapped my face in a short scarf, wore the shades and headed back to my place feeling satisfied with the experience i had.
So i encourage all of you to make sure that you visit all the heritage sites at-least in your vicinity. This experience has inspired me to explore more heritage sites in near future. An awe-inspiring visit indeed! Looking forward to many more such visits. 🙂
Red Fort Complex – India