After 3 weeks at PBC’17 Policy Bootcamp at VIF, I was returning home. That was a bright sunny afternoon when I reached Chandni Chowk Metro station from Sonepat, with no idea of what to do till the train comes at 7 o’clock in the evening. Drenched in sweat, I was looking for a locker or guesthouse where I can put my luggage safely for time being and roam around. Unknown to the place, I inquired here and there but to no avail. Finally I decided that lets just have a glimpse of Red Fort, doesn’t matter even if it meant to drag my luggage for a kilometre.
On my way I came across this beautiful gurudwara on the other side of the busy road. One of the historical gurudwaras, Sisganj Sahib was built to commemorate the martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur, the 9th guru. I kept my luggage in the locker facility there ( problem solved! ), relaxed there for a while. Paid my respects at the holy place and left to see other places in Delhi6.
On my way to the Red Fort, my next stop was the magnificient Lal Mandir, the oldest Jain temple in Delhi, dedicated to 23rd tirthankara Parshvanatha. This was one temple I always got to see on Republic Day and Independence Day every year when celebrations at Red Fort were telecasted. That day I saw it live, that felt amazing !
Just opposite to the temple stands the majestic Lal Qilla, finally I reached the splendid fort. The sunset view of the fort was just stunning. I couldn’t visit inside of the fort, I was late for the day.
Before catching the train, I head towards the famous पराँठेवाली गली ‘Paranthe Wali Gali’ for an early dinner as suggested by some of my friends. Here I came across some of the very unusual kind of paranthas such was the variety! Seems like they came up with all sorts of stuffing the could think of and made it into parantha. I Still remember the sweet ‘meva parantha’ I had, wonderful !
Despite the visit being a short and unplanned one, this memory will stay with me for a long time.