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Red Fort

Red Fort, delhi
Built in the 17th century, the magnificent Mughal marvel, Red Fort is a World Heritage Site. It is the third Delhi monument which has been included in the heritage list after Qutab Minar and Humayun's Tomb. Red Fort or Lal Quila is the largest of the monument in the old Delhi which is situated on the western bank of the river Yamuna. It was the palace for Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan's new capital called- Shahjahanabad. It is one of the most spectacular pieces of the Mughal architecture in Delhi.

The massive fort is built of red sandstone. The construction began in 1639 and completed in 1648. It has two main entrances. Visitors can get entrance either from the either from the Delhi gate or from the Lahore gate. It is surrounded by the walls that extends up to 2 kms in circumference. The fort has beautifully constructed Diwan-i-Aam or the Hall of Public audience where emperor used to hear complaints of the common people. Diwan-i-Khas resembles the beautiful Urdu poetry of Amir Khusro as - 'If there is Paradise on the face of the earth, it is here, it is here, it is here'. Diwan-i-Khas once housed the famous peacock throne, which was plundered by the Nadir Shah in 1739. The Rang Mahal or the Palace of Colours is the another main attraction of this fort. It is known for th lotus shaped fountain.

It was from here that the Britishers forced the last Mughal ruler Bahadur Shah Zafar to leave the empire. It marked the end of Mughal rule in India. The first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, unfurled the Indian tricolour flag here and delivered the speech anouncing the indepence of India.

Must See & Do !

Light and sound show at Red Fort : Visitors can enjoy the light and sound show at the Red Fort held in the evening. Shows are in English and Hindi and the tickets are available from the fort. The English sessions are at 7.30 pm from November to January, 8.30 pm from February to April and September to October, and at 9 pm from May to August.

Nature walk : You can take a nature walk in and around the Red Fort admiring its magnificent architecture work. Kill some time taking pictures of this beautiful monuments. You can also hire the guides , who give the better insight of the fort.

Shopping : Chatta Chowk is the famous market place near to the Red Fort. You can buy everything from souvenirs, knickknacks to carpets and fine brass. After shopping you can also enjoy the famous pani puri and bhel puri from the road side stalls.

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