Post Lunch, we were taken to the Lal Quila or Red fort. The same fort that we had seen a few days ago when we visited the Jama Masjid. The guide hurriedly collected money for the entrance tickets and then we walked in. There was a light breeze and I smiled for the first time after getting off the AC bus. The first sight that greeted us was the bazaar inside the fort, known as the Chatta Bazaar or Umbrella Bazaar. The bazaar consisted of zillions of chuntu shops selling you trinkets. As usual, they were after the foreigners who stuck to the guide like glue. It was quite a loong walk and the guide had a lot to share. We were shown the Diwan-E-Aam, the Hall for the common folks. There was a fantastic throne which looked a lot like the throne that Hrithik Roshan sat on, in the movie, Jodhaa Akbar. The throne was covered in a huge mosquito net kinda thing. The guide informed us that it protected the throne.
Whenever an onlooker decided to listen to her explanations, the guide asked them to move along in a very rude manner. The international tourists who peeked at their books got a tongue lashing as she ranted “What I tell you here, no book will have tht information – stop reading and LISSTEN.” It was a lil embarrassing to be treated like school kids but we smiled and moved to the Rang Mahal.
Here, we sat down on the grass and listened to the guide rattle on. I remember listening very intently, smiling with the Arien, but I cannot recall much of what she said. Shocking!! Anyway, It was a while before we moved on. I did not know that the Red Fort had so many monuments inside. She also showed us the Moti Masjid, which was supposed to be made entirely of white Marble. It was known as the Pearl Masjid. It looked quite sad, and pretty badly deterioated now.
We were next taken to the Diwan-E-Khaas. This was quite beautiful. The Arien, as usual, got totally wrapped up in the exquisite work done on the pillars. We spent a lot of time here. The Arien also saw a huge number of squirrels scampering about and was tempted to take pictures but the guide was cheesed off with us because we were not keeping up with her. We missed what she had to say about the barracks inside the fort and we got distracted by the chairs. She informed us that there are some sound and light shows in the evening and people come to watch them. The chairs looked very nice and well-arranged.
As I saw those chairs, I remembered the musical fountain thingie that we have in Bangalore. I remember visiting the place when I was very angry but I came away very calm and happy. Anyway, by then all of us were quite bored and wanting a break. The guide went into “LISSSTN TO ME” mode for the second time that day and bugged everyone. She was also quite rude to all of us which we kinda ignored and we walked hand-in-hand like young romantic couples to get her to stop bugging us. We also visited Rajghat and Humayun’s Tomb. That in my next blog post.