DAILY PHOTO: Lahori Gate of Red Fort

 

Taken in October of 2013 in Delhi

Taken in October of 2013 in Delhi

RedFort13The seven white, bulbous mini-domes in the top background of the bottom shot are the same as those at the top of the upper photo. Fortifications are built out in front of the gate to add a measure of security. There is no line-of-sight view of the gate from the front.

DAILY PHOTO: Alcove Geometries

Taken in October of 2013 in Old Delhi.

Taken in October of 2013 in Old Delhi.

This photo was taken at the Red Fort in Old Delhi. It’s the arched ceiling of an alcove, and the angular pattern in which it’s been carved astounds me.

DAILY PHOTO: Pigeon Town Hall Assembly

Taken October 14, 2013 on Chandni Chowk in Delhi.

Taken October 14, 2013 on Chandni Chowk in Delhi. 

The base of this statue of Swami Shraddhanand (1856–1926) is a popular point for feeding the birds. It’s located in front of the Town Hall building on Chandni Chowk.

DAILY PHOTO: Red Fort

Taken on October 16, 2013

Taken on October 16, 2013

This white marble palace constructed in the Indo-Islamic style is one of the more impressive structures in Old Delhi’s Red Fort.

The Red Fort should be visited before visiting Agra Fort, because it should be seen but it’s not as impressive as its Agra kin. I did it the other way around, and the Red Fort was a disappointment by comparison. The grounds aren’t kept up, most of the semi-precious gemstone inlays are missing from the ornately carved marble, and the fort houses an architectural hodgepodge. That being said, the red sandstone walls are imposing and magnificent and the few historic structures are quite impressive–if not as much so as in Agra.

Close up of the same structure.

Close up of the same structure.

DAILY PHOTO: Chandni Chowk Street Food

Taken October 15, 2013 in Old Delhi.

Taken October 15, 2013 in Old Delhi.

Ummm! Fried breads.

Chandni Chowk is a major bazaar street that runs west from the Red Fort in Old Delhi. It’s a solid traffic jam from about 8:30am to 10:30pm. Bicycle rickshaws, auto-rickshaws, oxcarts, and automobiles can all be seen inching down the boulevard.

One can get cloth, sweets, suits, or glasses on the cheap.

7:00am gives one an entirely different perspective. There are people bathing in the streets from communal spigots. There are long lines of individuals, mostly men waiting to see the street doctor, who–right on the sidewalk–is bandaging up a badly swollen foot. There are worshipers entering the Sikh temple.  There is little traffic, but pallets of materials piled in the street outside some businesses.

DAILY PHOTO: Jama Masjid

Taken October 14, 2013 in Old Delhi.

Taken October 14, 2013 in Old Delhi.

This is India’s largest mosque. It is capable of holding 25,000 worshipers–mostly in that open courtyard that can apparently be covered as needed.)  It dates back to the rule of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan–who you may know of from his requisitioning of the Taj Mahal.

It’s located in Old Delhi and is usually matched with trips to the Red Fort and Chandni Chowk (a huge bazaar street), which are both nearby.

It’s mostly Red sandstone with white marble, as was common of Shah Jahan’s other monumental structures.

[I realize it’s a cheat that I’ve posted two “Daily Photos” in a couple of hours of one another, but it’s a new day in the States–and I’ve got a ton of photos from my recent trip.]