For those of you who don’t know, the Lal Qila or the Red Fort does not open before 8 a.m. However, it was my first time and I knew no better. After an all-nighter with my friends from school, for some reason, we couldn’t think of anything better to do than invade the Lal Qila for its beautiful sunrise. Since it was mostly abandoned, what really took me by surprise here were the varieties of birds present. From parakeets to pigeons, kingfishers to kites, they were all actively taking over the place. Unfortunately my telephoto lens did not accompany me and so here are a few glimpses from the rest of my wide-angle walk around Lal Qila. Initially, I was a little taken aback (and slightly disappointed) at the sight of the fences and ropes (and even gunned men at every corner). It was much like the feeling of looking at a caged tiger. This is when  I remembered my visit to the Diu fort and the casual manner in which the monument was allowed to breathe amidst its surroundings, something I was now able to appreciate. There were old canons, gates and staircases, all intact, with waves splashing against them. Therefore somehow, I felt cheated in this visit to the Red Fort, which, in all it’s magnificence, was still more glorified in my imagination. However, here are a few glimpses. I thoroughly hope you enjoy them. Feel free to leave your feedback as a comment under this post.