More than a sight to behold, Delhi’s Red Fort serves livelihood to many

The magnificent heritage sites of Delhi are not just attractive spots for tourists to visit. They are also sources of income for many who live around them

More than a sight to behold, Delhi's Red Fort serves livelihood to many

Tourists, customers, kulfi and the fort / All Photos: Ali Fraz Rezvi

These people who come from different corners of the country to find means of sustenance in Delhi are given refuge here. This is perhaps the most historical of the characteristics of these buildings. They give employment to all those who may come to them.

Delhi’s Red Fort or the Qila-e-Moalla with a tradition of not letting anyone go empty handed from its gates, has passed through the changing times but still a thousand of people depend upon the mighty structure for their livelihood.

More than a sight to behold, Delhi's Red Fort serves livelihood to many
A rickshaw-puller idly awaits passengers near the Red Fort metro station on a lazy Delhi afternoon

 

More than a sight to behold, Delhi's Red Fort serves livelihood to many
The popular Rs 2 water is a relief during harsh summers as Red Fort stares in the background

 

More than a sight to behold, Delhi's Red Fort serves livelihood to many
Chhole bhature walas are famous among labourer and daily-wage earners for their cheap and fulfilling food

 

More than a sight to behold, Delhi's Red Fort serves livelihood to many
An unattended thela shows trust among folks

 

More than a sight to behold, Delhi's Red Fort serves livelihood to many
Vada pav and jhalmuri: Cultural intersection at Red Fort

 

More than a sight to behold, Delhi's Red Fort serves livelihood to many
A pan-seller trying to earn while keeping alive the age-old tradition of the Red Fort

 

More than a sight to behold, Delhi's Red Fort serves livelihood to many
Shakes and sherbets on a warm sunny day

 

More than a sight to behold, Delhi's Red Fort serves livelihood to many
Loved among children and adults alike, kulfi walas are a common sight near Delhi’s monuments

 

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Ali Fraz Rezvi covers heritage, history, literature and current social issues for the Patriot.