A standing testimony to Mughal architectural brilliance, the Red Fort was built by Shah Jahan between the period of 1638 - 1648. Built on the banks of River Yamuna, what now is considered as Old Delhi. Red Fort is named after its huge red sandstone walls that extend up to 2.5 kms, completely surrounding the fort and are 33 m high. We would bring you face to face with one of the Delhi's greatest historical monuments.
Enter the majestic fort through the Lahori Gate, which would take you to a vaulted arcade known as the Chatta Chowk and is now famous by the name of Meena Bazaar. A little inside, you can see the Indian War Memorial Museum. Red Fort comprises of some beautiful buildings inside its precincts such as the Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-i-Khas, Rang Mahal and Moti Masjid, to name a few.
The Diwan-I-Aam served as the Hall of Public Audiences where common men used to sir their grievances in front of the Emperor. The emperor used to sit in a marble paneled enclosure that was studded with precious gems. The Diwan-i-Khas, as the name suggests, was the hall where the Emperor used to grant private audience. Made entirely out of marble, the centerpeice of the hall was the Peacock Throne and the silver ceiling of the hall. You can imagine the sheer beauty of Diwas-i-Khas by these words that are inscribed on its wall - If there is Paradise on the face of earth, it is here, it is here, it is here.
The Rang Mahal ('Palace of Colors") also deserves a mention for its beautifully carved marble lotus from which a fountain springs up, and the magnificently painted interior. It also functions as the resident palace of the Emperor's chief wife. The Royal Baths (hamams), Shahi Bhurj, Moti Masid, are all worth a visit.
While exploring the Red Fort, don't forget to check out the amazing sound-and-light show that recreates India's history, especially those related to Red Fort.
Some of the other places to visit in Delhi are:
- Jama Masjid
- Humayun Tomb
- Qutub Minar
- Purana Quila
- Jantar Mantar
- Safdarjang Tomb
- Birla Mandir
- Rashtrapati Bhavan
- India Gate
- National Museum
- Hazrat Nizamuddin Tomb
- Lotus Temple
- Akshardham Temple
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