Red Fort (Lal Quilla)

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Red Fort
Red Fort

The construction on this mammoth fort began in 1638 and was ordered by Shah Jahan – one of the Great Mughal Kings to have ruled the subcontinent. The fort was completed in the year 1648 and has since served as the symbol of the nation.

Having been passed on from the Mughal to the British and now to the Indian Government, the Red Fort has always been the epicentre of political activity in the Indian subcontinent and was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.

Inside Red Fort
Inside Red Fort

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Highlights and Features

The light and sound show held every evening is the major attraction here. The show is designed and written with the intent of illustrating Mughal History. The Tea Shop here is where you can enjoy some Indian teatime snacks. Most of the items inside the fort premises are no longer functional but the building on the whole is well preserved.

There are small patches of marble or metal missing in some places but, all in all, the site is well preserved and offers a deep insight to those seeking information about the architectural, cultural and sociological history of the Mughal Dynasty in particular and India in general.

Inside Red Fort
Inside Red Fort

Location: East bank of the Yamuna River

How to get there: The Red Fort is one of the most important monuments in Delhi and is therefore not a difficult place to find. You can use the metro, the local bus system (not recommended for travelers who are wary of pollution) or hire an auto-rickshaw. The metro connects all the vital areas of Delhi and hence is the most convenient option for foreigners. Signboards are in English and directions are clear. Beware of traveling on the metro during office rush hours (10:00 – 11:00 and 17:00 – 18:00) since things can get really crowded. You can also hire pedal rickshaws for shorter distances and/or cover the Old Delhi area on foot if that suits your taste.