Delhi, India, January 14, 2023
I didn’t get up until noon so missed breakfast and still felt tired. It’s always hard going to bed so late and then trying to function the next day. I talked with a travel agent in the hotel and he suggested that I get a car and driver for the last 10 days of my trip for a mere $1200. I think that’s too much and I have too much experience to not figure things out on my own. I know it would be convenient but I think I’m going to decline.
Once I got going, I went to the Red Fort via the metro. It was a huge culture shock being out on the streets. There are a few scammers out there and do it’s hard to know whom to trust. A man walked with me for a while saying he wanted to practice his English. I told him I was going to the metro and we ended up walking right past it to his shop so he could try to sell me tickets. I was angry at myself for believing him but it didn’t cost me more than a couple of minutes. Most of the shop owners are quiet and do not call out and hassle me and I really appreciate that.
Along the way-
There are so many street stalls for food options. These are light deep fried hollow balls that are crushed and covered in sauces-
People were friendly and helpful as I made my way on the metro. I went to the Red Fort which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was the main residence of the Mughal Emperors. Shah Jahan commissioned the construction on May 12, 1638 when he moved the capital from Agra to Delhi. It’s a combination of Mughal and Persianate Palace architecture with Indian traditions. Of course it’s been plundered and destroyed by Nader Shah (1793) as well as the British (1857). Since 1947 it has been a tourist attraction.
When I first got there I turned right instead of left (of course) but got a good look at the wall which is 2.4 km long-
and the Lahori Gate-