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The Red Fort

Did you know that Red Fort was earlier known as ‘Qila-E-Mubarak’ or ‘The Blessed Fort’. The name was so because the royal families lived there. Delhi Lal Qila is the largest, the most popular tourist destination or historical monument in Delhi.

You all know that on every 15th August (Independence day), our national flag is hoisted by Prime minister with a national speech from the ramparts.

About Red Fort – Delhi lal kila

Delhi Lal Kila or Red Fort is known as one of the greatest historical places in India. Delhiites of course love to visit this place and there is no doubt in it. Also the people from far away places and foreigners also visit this place with a lot of excitement. They are very keen to see this wonderful red building and the great history behind it. In today’s time, Delhi Lal Kila is very famous and well known as a picnic place for Delhiites.

What to see in Delhi Lal Qila ?

Sound and Light Show

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Shopping at Lahore Gate

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Visit museum of blood paintings
Mughal Architecture
Outing with family
Other main attractions of Delhi Lal Kila are Chawri Bazar, Lahori Gate, Delhi Gate, Water Gate, Chhata chowk, Naubat Khana, Diwan-I-Aam, Diwan-I-Khas, Nahr-I-Behisht, Mumtaz Mahal, Rang Mahal, Khas Mahal, Hammam, Baoli, Moti Masjid, Heera Mahal, Hayat Bakhsh Bagh, Princes’ quarter, Swatantrata Sangram Sangrahalaya.

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Information on Red Fort

The Red Fort  is made up of large red coloured sand stones which gave it the name ‘Red Fort’. This historical place is spread over an area of more than 250 acres land. It is a brilliant piece of architecture in Delhi. This red building is very famous not only in India but the whole world. There is a royal history behind this historical monument. This is the talk of the year 1638 when Shah Jahan shifted his capital from Agra to Delhi. Then in 1638, Shah Jahan started the construction of Lalkila in Old Delhi area on the bank of river Yamuna.

Red fort history

The construction work of Lal Qila started in 1638 due to shifting of Shah Jahan’s capital to Delhi from Agra. Then it was completed during the year 1648. It was the main attraction of Old Delhi from then when it was called Shahjahanabad. The credit of the architecture work goes to Ustad Ahmad Lahauri. These were the favourite colours of Shah Jahan (red and white).

This structure was very praised and a royal mughal palace till the reign of Aurangzeb. But during 18th century, this historical place started degrading. The palace was also remained without an emperor for up to 30 years. After that Jahandar Shah ruled from 1712, but could not rule even for a year and was murdered. Then came Farrukhsiyar who ruled after him and did some renovation work in the fort which included replacement of silver ceiling by copper. Then in 1719, Muhammad Shah took over the empire and after that Nadir Shah in 1739. The Mughal empire was weakened till 1750s. Marathas protected the throne at Delhi. The silver ceiling of Diwan-I-Khas was melted for the funds of defence of Delhi.

The Second Anglo-Maratha war took place in 1803 in which Marathas were defeated by Britishers (British East India Company). This fight was known as battle of Delhi which ended the rule of Marathas from Red Fort and Delhi. Then Bahadur Shah II tried to occupy the Red Fort with the residents of Shahjahanabad (Old Delhi). But failed to do so, and was imprisoned by the Britishers. The important and costly items had been robbed, looted within this period. The Britishers has also taken the Kohinoor diamond and other valuables to their country. And you must know that many valuable and precious of the fort can still be found in London.

Who built Red Fort

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The Red Fort is a royal palace which was built by Shah Jahan. The work of architecture in Delhi Lal Kila was assigned to Ustad Ahmed and Ustad Humid. The complete construction work of Lalkila was done in 1648.

Red Fort timings

Red Fort timings are from sunrise to sunset.

Red Fort location

The Red Fort is located in Old Delhi on the bank of river Yamuna. It is quite famous and the oldest part of Delhi.
Netaji Subhash Marg, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006
The nearest metro station to Red Fort is Chandni Chowk metro station, which lies on the yellow line.

Entry Fee

Rs.10/-(For Indian Citizens) and
Rs.150/- (For foreigners)
Entry Fee for Sound and Light Show is Rs.50/-

Red Fort photos –  Lal Kila Photos

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