Photographer's Note

The other day I went browsing my archives again and I found that maybe this one is worth a post, more as a share of a memory of an afternoon well spent, my last one in India, than as a photo or presentation of a place pretty well represented in TE, the Red Fort of Delhi.

Instead of what is usual with my notes, I won't bother you with a long wikipedish text and I'll just include what I wrote in my travelogue, which I wrote one in the weeks after I came back home. That's an habit I would like to have gained, but I only wrote two completely, one of this trip to India, another one from the earlier trip to Nepal. I took some notes in a trip to Thailand also, but I have never compile them in the form aof a true travelogue.

The Red Fort isn't as beautiful as the Agra Fort, but still very impressive and with the same style. The view to the river, the Yamuna, the same that borders Agra, is not so nice, there were remains of some large fair and it was rather dirty.

The gardens and palaces were crowded, mainly by locals, who were enjoying their Saturday afternoon. Although there are some run down areas, the place is relatively well preserved, specially in the area of the palaces. The museum and the Moti Masjid, the "Pearl mosque", were closed, so we didn't visit them. Some parts of the fort are still military areas where visitors are not allowed. The place was the headquarters of the British troops in India.

We took our time, enjoying the gardens and seeing the life around us. There were many families strolling around and visiting the palaces. We observed that the major part of women dressed traditional clothes, a pleasant festival of colours for our western eyes. There were also some young couples flirting. We felt a little transported to the past, watching how they were shy and "respectful" with each other, almost not touching each other apart from giving hands. We noticed also that there weren't any groups of girls without parents nearby, although there were a lot of large groups of boys. Indian society is still much traditionalist, the women liberation didn't reach this place yet, although they had already an charismatic woman prime-minister, Indira Gandhi.

Location (latitude, longitude): 28.6565,77.24355

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