Through the pages of history.....
The Red Fort stands as the result of the decision of Shahjahan in 1639, to
shift his capital to New
Within eight years, Shahjahanabad was completed with the Red
Fort-Qila-i-Mubarak (fortunate citadel)-New Delhi's seventh fort.
Specimen of Artisitic Brilliance- Red fort:
The Red Fort stands witness to the glorious Indian history and
architecture. This fort built behind red sandstone walls gives the fort its
name. The Red Fort or Lal Qila reiterates the period of Moghul magnificence.
This famous citadel comprises of massive audience halls and marble palaces.
The architecture was accentuated with precious stones when constructed.
The two main gateways are the Lahore Gate and the Delhi Gate.
The Red Fort is to be entered by the Delhi Gate, that leads to the Hathi
Pol or Elephant Gate.
The Diwan-e-am and the Diwan-e-khas are pavilions from where the king
addressed the common people and the elite respectively.
The Rang Mahal is a water-cooled apartment for the royal ladies and in the
basement of the fort there is a market where one can buy traditional Indian
goods at very competitive rates.
The Khas Mahal and Sheesh Mahal are exquisitely decorated halls, that
radiate the brilliance and splendor of Mughal royalty.
The Lahore Gate opens to Chatta Chowk which as once a royal market . The
arcade was also known as Meena bazar.
Moti Masjid (pearl mosque) was a private mosque built by by Aurangzeb
(Shahjahan's son) for his personal use.
Spotlight on red fort:
» Every evening a sound and light
show recreates the Red fort's history. There are shows in English and
Hindi, and tickets are available from the Fort. The show is highly
One day is convenient to look around Red Fort. If desired, the trip can
be extended to discover other monuments of Delhi.
Summer: During summer temperature shoot to about 47 C once in a while,
though the average maximum temperature is about 42 C.The days are
extremely hot and often accompanied by dust storms. Winter: Winters are
very pleasant. The mornings are very foggy, the nights cold. The maximum
temperature on a very cold Delhi afternoon would be about 12 C and the
minimum would fall to about 2 C.
» Air : All the major National and International Air Lines
have their flights operating from Delhi's Indira Gandhi International
» Rail : The Indian Railway with their modern and organised
network connects Delhi to all major and minor destinations in India.
There are three important Railway Stations in Delhi namely New Delhi
Rly. Station, Old Delhi Rly. Station and Hazarat Nizamuddin Rly.
» Bus :Delhi is well connected by road to all major
destinations in North India. The Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) are
located at Kashmiri Gate, Sarai Kale-Khan and Anand Vihar. Delhi
Transport Corporations of the neighbouring states provide frequent bus