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The Red Fort (Lal Quila)

The Red Fort popularly called as Lal Quila is one of the important landscapes in Delhi. It was the royal residence of Mughal Emperors for almost 200 years. Until 1857, when the British came to India, It was the political and religious centre of the country.

It was constructed by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in 1648. The fort is made of red stones and that’s why it is given its name “The Red Fort”. It has become a symbol of independence for India after 1947. Every year on 15th August, the Prime Minister of India addresses the nation from here.
Major attractions of Lal Quila :-

  • Lahori Gate – The main entrance of the fort. It is named as Lahori because of its direction towards Lahore, now in Pakistan.
    Lahori Gate
  • Delhi Gate – It is the southern gate of the fort and was used for the Publics entrance that time.
  • Pani Gate – This gate was named as Pani gate or Water gate because its direction towards the Yamuna. Now Yamuna has changed its way but the name is still the same.
  • Chhatta Chowk – It is located just behind the Lahori gate and it was the main bazaar (market) for the fort. It still remain same just shop has changed with time. Now you can find wonderful handloom items here.
    Chhatta Chowk
  • Diwan-i-Aam – It was the public audience hall and emperor used to hear public’s grievance. It is a wonderful piece of architecture.
    Diwan-i-Aam
  • Mumtaz Mahal – It was the Zanan KKhana (women’s house) of the fort, situated in southern pavilion of the fort. Now it has converted into a museum.
  • Khas Mahal – It was the house of the Mughal emperor. The emperor and his close family members used to live there.
    Khas Mahal
  • Diwan-i-Khas – It was a hall for private audience. Emperor used to discuss things related to government with his ministers. This hall is made of white marble and colourful stones. That time it was so beautiful that poet Amir Khusro described its beauty in few lines.
    Diwan-i-Khas

“If heaven can be on the face of the earth,
It is this, it is this, it is this.”


  • The Hammam – It was the royal bathroom, made of white marbles to keep the water cold.
    The Hammam
  • Moti Masjid – There is a mosque inside the fort called Moti Masjid. It was an add-on construction by Aurganjeb later in 1659. It was his private mosque where only he and his family members were allowed to pray.
    Moti Masjid


Apart from above written structures, there are many more things to see. The Red Fort is a unique mixture of Indo-Mughal architecture.

Special Attraction: -
A light and sound show happens every evening. It shows the life and time of the Mughals and the fort.
Light & Sound Show

Special Note:-
The Red Fort use to close on Monday.

How to Reach:- 
Nearest Metro Station – Chandani Chowk on Yellow line (2 KM).
Nearest Bus Stand – Lal Quila
Nearest Railway Station – Old Delhi Railway Station (1 KM)
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2 comments:

  1. nice description of red fort. It may be wonderful, if more pictures would be added.

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