Red Fort - One of the oldest monument in Delhi
Famous Fort - A UNESCO World Heritage Site
Red Fort is among the largest and the oldest monuments in Delhi, India and is situated on the Banks if river Yamuna. Its construction was started by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1638 and it took ten years to build this fort, and the construction was completed by 1648.
Red Fort was earlier known as 'Qila-i-Mubarak', which is now popularly known as 'Lal Qila'. Red fort has two entrance gates – Delhi Gate and Lahore Gate. However, the main entrance is through the Lahore Gate. The Red Fort is one of the most remarkable structures of the Mughal architecture. It is a perfect blend of Persian, European and Indian art.
Red fort is built of red sandstone and marble, and is octagonal in shape. It rises to a height of 33.5 m on the town side and 18 m along the river. Today, Red Fort is a popular tourist destination attracting thousands of visitors every year. It was also designated as the ‘UNESCO World Heritage Site’ in 2007. The Prime Minister of India also addresses the nation at Red Fort on the Independence Day i.e. 15th August every year.
Places of Attraction
There are various places to visit inside the Red Fort. These include:
Diwan-i-Aam (Hall of Public Audience)
Hamam (Hall of Selective Audience)
Hayat Bakhsh Bagh (Life-Bestowing Garden)
Moti Masjid (Pearl Mosque)
Mumtaz Mahal Museum
Nahr-i-Behisht (Water Channel – Stream of Paradise)
Timings to visit Red Fort
Red Fort is open on all days except Monday from 11 am to 4 pm.
How to reach Red Fort
Red Fort is located in Old Delhi and is well connected to Old Delhi Railway Station, Kashmere Gate Metro Station, Maharana Pratap ISBT, and the nearest International Airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport, which is at a distance of around 25 Kms.
To see the places of attraction in Delhi, check out: Delhi.
To see other famous Indian monuments, check out: Monuments in India.