Our original plans of going to the zoo were put off another day due to Alex being in charge of the alarms and continuously turning them off to the point where we didn't end up getting out of bed till around 12 pm once again. Once up and ready we found that due to it being a Monday many of the monuments were closed, however, we did find an old fortress called Purana Quila which seemed to be open so we decided a walk around there would be a perfect little trip for what was meant to be a sunny day. It sits as one of the oldest forts within Delhi.
The journey there proved that the weather app may have over estimated the sun as while in the Uber we started to see lightning and hear the thunder to go with it. This is all well and nice while sitting in the comfort of a car but the thought of having to get out was another story.
As we got closer to our destination the rain started to come, at first, it was spitting and we thought that it may be the same as it had been previous days when it had been light rain and then stopped, however, this was not the case.
We got out of the Uber to pouring rain that if you were to stand in it for a couple minutes you would be drenched all the way through.
We ran to the smallest ticket office ever and were wedged into a crowd of around 20 people all hiding from the rain while other groups of Indian teenagers took to enjoying the weather by running in it and standing there just allowing themselves to be soaked through. We stood underneath this ticket office for around 40 mins waiting for the rain to ease off and it felt that it never would as the "puddles" grew larger and larger. At one stage I thought the small ticket office may be swept away with us all on it as a river formed around us.
When the rain eventually started to ease off we decided to try our luck within the fortress grounds, bought our ticket and started to look around.
The structures of the Fort were considerably worn away due to many of the buildings dating back to the early 1500s but they have also found pottery dating back to 1000 BC on the site. Although the fort was left uncompleted by the original builder's death and it has been said that his son was the one to finish it. The large gardens that surrounded the buildings inside the walls stretched for miles and had the weather permitted it you could have stayed there for a good couple of hours however our damp clothes dragged us home.
Once we had seen the main attractions of Purana Quila we decided to head back to our hotel. The journey back was something we had never seen before. As we got closer to the hotel the roads suddenly started to turn into streams and lakes to the extent to where the Tuk Tuks beside us had their wheels covered in water and people walked through the muddy streams to where the water reached just above their ankles. The traffic swarmed the streets as everyone attempted to reach their destinations and this chaos brought out the traffic police in which they had to guide the traffic in different directions. Our Uber driver even offered for us to get out there as the traffic was so hideous however we didn't feel like swimming back to the hotel so kindly declined this offer.
We finally made it back to the hotel and decided that before drying off we may as well get some food as we would be bound to get a little bit wet on our walk to the restaurant. The food was once again pretty good although they did forget to bring us our garlic naan which was highly disappointing as we have been having them with every and any meal we've been eating because of how amazing they taste.
Once we were dried off we decided it best to pack our bags in a neat order as we leave for the guided part of our trip tomorrow however we have big plans of going to the zoo.
Who we are...
Currently, we are both studying English literature at Brighton University. Both were brought up in London, meaning we have lived in two of the biggest tourist destinations in England as Brighton and London see a mass of tourist each year. This led to us wanting to know how people really experienced the places they travelled to and us wanting to share what we honestly thought of the trips we have been on. Both negative and positive, but ultimately the truth. We hope that by sharing our experience that others will also be inspired to travel and have more knowledge of the places they are going. Thus, making them safer and more comfortable.
As much as we have tried, we can’t go to every destination in the world, and we met many people travelling and over the internet who had amazing stories of where they had been. We loved them sharing their experiences with us so decided to share their experiences with the world through the site.
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Safe travels always,
Elly & Alex