I would rate my search of Old Delhi to be the most challenging one. Red Fort, or Lal Qila, can be reached by taking Metro to Chandni Chowk Metro Station. It is still within the walking distance from the metro station. However, in my opinion, the outside of Chandni Chowk Metro Station looks like labyrinth. I was lost there! That was also the reason why I took cycled rickshaw to get to Red Fort. Unfortunately, the driver of rickshaw had veiled intention of taking me “shopping” first.
Bear in mind, this is one of several scams that you will find in India. Drivers of rickshaw (auto or cycled) might want to take you shopping first before dropping you off to your original destination. Of course, I was upset at that time. I tried to politely explain in very simple English that I don’t want to shop, at all, until I lost my temper and asked him to stop. At first, I didn’t want to pay at all because he tricked me. But he made a scene and I was a bit worried at that time, so I paid him after all.
At least I was halfway to my destination.
From this wonderful Red Fort, I continued my journey by foot to Jama Masjid. This was a really interesting (both in positive and negative ways) experience because I got lost, again. I am not the most terrific map reader, that is obvious. Although Jama Masjid seems really close to Red Fort, but it took me around 30 minutes to find it – and I almost gave up.
Jama Masjid is located amidst busy Old Delhi. I was actually walking towards the right direction, however the scenes I encountered along the way are too “local” for me. Local stores, vendor carts, beggars, size of the road and everything else make me question myself about the direction I was heading to. But then, there it is – Jama Masjid! And because of my relieve to find it, I forgot to take picture of Jama Masjid from up front.
One thing to pay attention to while visiting Jama Masjid is the entrance fee that you need to pay. There are two types of entrance fee for Jama Masjid; one is only for general entrance and the other one is with additional tower visit. However, I stumbled upon what I thought as a scam. There was this guy asking me to pay for extra money because I am carrying a camera with me (DSLR camera). Of course, I didn’t give him the money straight away. I asked him to come with me to the place where I paid my entrance fee to prove if I do need to pay for extra fee for camera. He went missing at once. So, I concluded that it was indeed a scam.
Taking the cycled rickshaw to the metro station marked the end of my first day exploring Delhi.