To the Red Fort we first went today. Apparently, that is where the builder of the Taj Mahal resided during his rule, sitting on the famous Peacock Throne. After a (harrowing) ride in an rickshaw (a bicycle one), we arrived at the Red Fort grounds.
But as Indian Independence Day is next Saturday, the Red Fort itself was closed off to visitors (they’re setting up for the expected crowds and such). Ergo, we were resigned to taking a peek from the outside.
However, this afternoon was another matter. We went to an upscale mall in Garguan (a little bit outside of Delhi proper)–it’s basically a giant outlet mall, but with at least five or six storeys, plus three basement levels. Quite a contrast to the chaos of a bicycle rickshaw in the dusty streets of Delhi. We joked that the contrasts of the day would make for good essay material.