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About Red Fort

Historical Monument Red Fort, Delhi



One of the most breathtaking pieces of Mughal Architecture is the Lal Quila or the Red Fort. Constructed by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan between 1638 and 1648, the Red Fort has partitions extending up to two kms. in duration using the height varying from 18 mts. about the river aspect to 33 mts. on the town side.

The entry to this splendid fort is from the Lahori Gate or the Chatta Chowk. Lal Quila is now a hectic market place called the 'Meena Bazaar'. This bazaar has an outstanding assortment of antiques, miniature paintings and skillfully crafted fake ivory jewellery. The bazaar also sells some amazing carpets fantastically woven. Just beyond the Chhata Chowk, could be the heart from the fort called Naubat Khana, or even the Drum House. Musicians used to play for the emperor from your Naubat Khana, along with the arrival of princes and royalty was heralded from here.

The Fort sports activities all the apparent trappings befitting a essential centre of Mughal governance: halls of public and private audiences, domed and arched marble palaces, plush personal apartments, a mosque, and elaborately developed gardens. Even nowadays, the Fort remains an impressive testimony to Mughal grandeur, regardless of being attacked by the Persian Emperor Nadir Shah in 1739, and by the British troopers, throughout the war of independence in 1857.

The Fort also homes the Diwan-i-Am or the Hall of Public Audiences, where the Emperor would sit on the marbled paneled alcove, studded with gems, and hear complaints of your typical individuals. The Diwan-i-Khas may be the hall of Non-public Audiences, exactly where the Emperor held personal meetings. This hall is produced of marble, and its centre-piece employed to be the Peacock Throne, which was studded with rubies and gems and was carried away to Iran by Nadir Shah in 1739. Right now, although the Diwan-i-Khas is just a pale shadow of its first glory, nevertheless the verse of Amir Khusro " If there is Paradise about the encounter of earth, it is right here, it can be right here, it is here" reminds us of its former glory.

The Rang Mahal or the 'Palace of Colours' as it is identified, holds a spectacular Lotus shaped fountain, created from just one piece of marble, and housed the Emperor's wives and mistresses. The palace was embellished with outstanding paintings, gold bordered projections, mosaics of mirrors as well as the ceiling was produced with gold and silver which wonderfully mirrored in a central pool within the marble ground. One other attractions enclosed within this monument are the hammams or even the Royal Baths, the Shahi Burj, which employed to get Shahjahan's non-public functioning region, and also the Moti Masjid or the Pearl Mosque, built by Aurangzeb for his individual use.

Even nowadays, the Lal Quila is definitely an eloquent reminder from the glory of your Mughal era, and its magnificence merely leaves one awestruck. It's nevertheless a calm haven of peace, which helps one to break away, from noisy and busy daily life outside the walls with the Fort, and transports the visitor to another realm of existence. Sound and light exhibits or son et lumiere as it is much better known, highlighting specific phases of history are held right here. The shows are in Hindi and English with tickets costing Rs. twenty, obtainable at the Fort. The English seasons are from November to January at seven.thirty p.m., in January to April and September to October at eight.30 p.m. and from Could to August at nine p.m.