“Postcard Image of Delhi”
Red fort or Lal Quila is one of the great historical monument of India. It is located at the bank of the Yamuna River in Delhi. The Red Fort was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century that took around 9 years to complete this magnificent structure and around 10 million rupees to build the fort. The construction of Red Fort was begun in 1639 and completed in 1648. The fort is peaceful retreat from the noise and chaos outside it.
In 1638 Shahjahan transferred his capital from Agra to Delhi and laid the foundations of Shahjahanabad, the seventh city of Delhi. It is enclosed by a rubble stone wall, with bastions, gates and wickets at intervals. Of its fourteen gates, the important ones are the, Ajmeri, Lahori, Mori, Turkman, Kashmiri and Delhi gates, some of which have already been demolished.
The Red Fort is different from the Red Fort of Agra and is better planned. This fort is an irregular octagon, with two long sides on the east and west, and with two main gates, one on the west and the other on the south, called Lahori and Delhi gates respectively. The Red Fort is the standing testimony to the magnificent power and pomp of the Mughal emperors. The main gate, Lahori Gate, is one of the emotional and symbolic focal points of the modern Indian nation and attracts a major crowd on each Independence Day.
The Red Fort is a masterpiece of architecture and is one of center of attraction for visitors from across the world. An evening sound and light show re-creates events in India's history connected with the fort.
Open: Tuesday to Sunday (Monday closed)
Timing: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Entry Fee: Rs. 10/- (Indians), Rs. 250/- (Foreigners)
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