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Red Fort in Delhi India - Lal Qila


Red Fort is an important tourist attraction in Delhi, India. Also known as Lal Qila, Red Fort is situated on the banks of river Yamuna and is built by Shahjahan in 17th century. The Qila shows the power and glamour of the Mughal emperors who ruled India. Red Fort was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.

Red Fort Architecture - Things to See

Red Fort shows the peak level of Mughal art and ornamental work which is very much rich in color. It is a fusion of Persian, European and Indian art which results in a unique style. It has thick red sandstone walls and is extends to almost two kilometers and height varies to 33 meters. The fort consists of halls of public audience and private audience, arched marble palaces royal private apartments, a mosque and very beautifully designed gardens.

The main gate known as the Lahore Gate, points towards the emotional relationship of India to its neighbor country, Pakistan. Locally known as Chatta Chowk, the Lahore Gate is seen from the main entrance which had once Delhi’s best jewelers, carpet dealers and weavers. Also known as Meena Bazaar, it was once a shopping centre for ladies of the court. There is the Naubat Khana or the Drum House where musicians play for the King and the royalties present. The Hall of Public Audiences is called Diwan-i-Am where the King sits to hear the complaints and problems of his people. The Diwasn-i-Khas made of marble is the hall for private audience where private meetings are held. There is a Moti Masjid or the Pearl Mosque inside the Fort. Another special part of the fort is the Rang Mahal or the Palace of Colours a spectacular Lotus shaped fountain, which is nicely painted and decorated with mosaic mirrors and the ceiling covered with gold and silver which reflects on the marble floor below.

Picture of Red Fort in Delhi or Lal Qila

People assemble at Lahore Gate on every Independence Day to cherish this relationship. The Light & Sound Show recreating historical events of India attracts a lot of visitors in the evenings. A museum of "blood paintings"’ is shown to give respect to the Indian soldiers who lost their lives in the war.

Other important buildings and structures inside Red Fort include Nahr-i-Behisht (Stream of Paradise), Zenana (Women's quarters), Hayat Bakhsh Bagh (Life-Bestowing Garden - large formal garden). Red Fort has with stood all natural and man made calamities and reminds us of the glory of the eminent and prosperous Mughal era where every tourist who visits this place gets transformed to a new world of peace and calm.

Red Fort Timings Visiting Hours

Red Fort is open to visitors from Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 AM to 4.00 PM. The entry fee for Indians is Rs. 10 and for foreigners is Rs. 250. There are no photography charges but Rs. 25/- is charged for video. The Light and Sound Show starts from 6 PM onwards in both English and Hindi. For this, the ticket charge for adults is Rs. 80 and for children is Rs. 30.

History of Red Fort

The city was first called Shajahanabad which meant "the City of Shahjahan". Red Fort was built in over nine years and it came to existence by 1648.The building was heavily financed by the king as it was a royal project. After the construction of the fort King Shahjahan decided to change his capital from Agra to New Delhi.

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