|Delhi Gate of the Red Fort, Delhi. This is a photo taken during the period of British Raj|
Red fort in Delhi is a major tourist attraction and a must thing to do during tours to India. The mighty citadel of Red Fort was built by the 5th Mughal emperor Shah Jahan during 17th century and laid the foundation of the seventh city of Delhi, Shahjahanbad. Red fort, also known as Qila-e-Mubarak was the transferred capital of Shah Jehan from Agra to Delhi. It served as the residence for the royal family members and is a major cultural and historical places in and around Delhi.
Red Fort stands on the zenith point in the history of Mughal Architecture. The outskirts of its strong walls are about 2.41 Kilometers. The art work in the fort is a striking blend of Persian, European and Indian Art. The two main Gateways of this fort are Lahore Gate on the west and Delhi Gate on the south respectively. The main entrance is the Lahore Gate. The western gateway is bordered by the arcaded apartments leading to the palaces known as the Chatta Bazaar popularly known as Meena Bazaar in the Mughal times, the shopping paradise for the Ladies.
Major attractions inside the Red Fort, Delhi
Diwan-i-Aam (Hall of public audience) is a rectangular hall, three aisles deep, with a fascia of nine arches. It originally had a courtyard in the front and was luxuriously ornamented with gold and silver stucco work. This is where the Mughal emperor used to hold public meetings.
Diwan-i-khas (Hall of private audience) is a highly ornamented pillared courtyard engraved with many precious stones. It was made for meetings with court members, dignitaries and nobilities. Its marble dice is said to have supported with a famous peacock throne taken away by Persian invader Nadir Shah.
Moti Masjid was built in 1659 during the period of Aurangzeb. It was the personal mosque of Aurangzeb. The structure of Moti masjid is of a three-domed mosque carved in white marble.
Hayat Baksh Bag was built in 1842 by the last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar lays in the center of the pool where two channels meet.
|A view of the Red Fort Facade. This is the place from where Prime Minister of India addresses the nation every 15th of August, Independence Day of India|