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Jerry Burgess | profile | all galleries >> Travels Around The World - 2005 >> India - Nov 2005 >> Delhi tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Delhi

After a ridiculous number of 16-18 hour days I finally managed to get out and about and enjoy the sunshine. Not enough time to go to the Taj Mahal - as the day was split with a business lunch - but I did get to visit the Lotus Temple and the Red Fort.

The Lotus Temple is a fantastic modern structure. I didn't venture inside as time was short. Philistine - some of you may cry; but at the end of the day, I'm more interested in the design of the building than the spirituality of the place and so the quick visit did me just fine.

The Red Fort is at once a danger and a delight. First of all the taxi driver dropped me at the Delhi entrance. That's a "no no" for starters. He knew what he was doing and I got hassled by various touts. Best bet is to tell your driver to take you to the Lahore gate, which is the only entrance available to members of the public. When there you have to collect an entrance ticket (100 rupees or 1.30). At first it looks quite daunting as there's a seemingly unmoving throng before you. Push, squeeze, cajole...do whatever is necessary to push through and you'll be rewarded with a designated counter for foreigners. Armed with your yellow ticket, it's time to enter the fort.

The fort is at once sumptuous and magnificent and shambollic and a mess. The gorgeous long walls cannot be climbed, which is shame as views from the balcony must be spectacular. (Note to India tourist board: open up the walls just as the sun is setting and charge a fortune - gullible people like me with cough up the dough!). You're faced with a bazaar of sorts, all trying to entice you but once you get into the great outdoors once more you are rewarded by an assortment of wonderful buildings. Most are in various states of disrepair but it's well worth a visit. Locals are friendly enough with the brave ones saying "hello" or asking where one's from, although you might be unnerved by the sea of faces staring at you from time to time.
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