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Red Fort Facts
Location : Old Delhi.
Also Known As : Lal Quila
Built By : Shah Jahan
Built In Between : 1638 A.D to 1648 A.D

About Red Fort Delhi
Red Fort - Delhi Surrounded by the bust roads all around, Red Fort is just like a jewel in the crown of Old Delhi ( also called Shahjahanabad in olden times ). Playing an important part in the history of the country, Lal Quila is the place where the flag of independent India was hoisted by its first Prime Minister.

Red Fort Architecture
A brilliant example of the Mughal style of architecture, Red Fort is built entirely of red sand stone. In the beginning there were 14 gates to the fort, but now there are two main entrances namely - Delhi Gate to the south and Lahore Gate to the west. Rest of the fort is preserved under the ASI authorities.

Red Fort History - The Past Stories Starting its construction in 1638, Shah Jahan built this magnificent fort as his main military base, while shifting his base from Agra to Delhi. But his dream was shattered when his son Aurangzeb captured him. It was only Aurangzeb who was the first and last great Mughal emperor to rule from the Red Fort.

Red Fort Tourist Attractions - Glimpse of The Past
Being the seat of the Mughals it is very much expected that there is so much to see in this fort. Lets have a look at it.

Lahore Gate : The Entry Gate
1. Lahore Gate, the main gate to Red Fort borrows its name from the fact that it faces towards Lahore, now in Pakistan.
2. You enter inside the fort through Lahore gate and immediately you will find yourself in Chhata Chowk of the ancient Baghdadi type Meena Bazaar.
3. As you move further from the arcade of shops, you will reach the Naubat Khana, which was used to be a gallery for court musicians.

Diwan - I - Aam : The Court of Public
1. Diwan - I - Aam or the 'Hall of Public Audiences' was the hall where the emperor would sit to hear complaints of his people.
2. On every Wednesday, a court of the masses was held here except on Friday.
3. Earlier because of lime plaster walls, Diwan - I - Aam looked crystal white and gave a fab look.
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Diwan - I - Khas : Court of Specials
1. Diwan - I - Khas was the luxurious chamber where the emperor would hold private meetings.
2. Diwan- I- Khas was unique in its sculpture and decoration, the columns were studded with gems and lattice art work of the building was extra-ordinary.
3. Today you can only see a pale shadow of its former glory.

Rang Mahal : The Palace of Queens
1. This section called Begum Mahal was dedicated to King's wives and mistresses .
2. Decorated with fountain on the basement, later it was converted to lotus-shaped marble palace.
3. Perfumed water was supplied through the pipe lines and the ceilings were covered with gold and silver.
4. There is a museum here which is open from 10.00 am to 17.00 pm, except Fridays.

Royal Baths : The Royal Hamams
1. Royal baths have three large rooms surmounted by domes and have a fountain in the center.
2. One of the royal baths was set up as a sauna especially for the King.

Moti Masjid : The Pearl Mosque
1. Built in 1659 by Aurangzeb, the richly decorated small mosque appears unique in white and ash color stripes.
2. The exterior of the mosque is very attractive while the interior is very simple and looks like a replica of mosque in Mecca.
3. Aurangzeb built this mosque for reciting five times daily prayer for himself and his family members.

What To See At Red Fort
Khas Mahal - Red Fort Travelers flock to this fort from different parts just to have a glimpse of a special light and sound show called 'Son-et-Lumiļæ½re'. Representing India's history this show is very much popular among the foreign tourists. You may see a 330 years long history starting from Mughal era to the day of independence here. The Sound and Light Show is one hour long programme and it is presented alternatively in Hindi and English.

Show Timings
English Version : February 1 to April 30 - 20.30 p.m to 21.30 p.m.
May 1 to August 31 - 21.00 p.m. to 22.00 p.m.
September 1 to October 31 - 20.30 p.m to 21.30 p.m.
November1 to January 31 - 19.30 p.m to 20.30 p.m.

Hindi Version : February 1 to April 30 - 18.00 p.m to 19.00 p.m.
May 1 to August 31 - 19.30 p.m. to 20.30 p.m.
September 1 to October 31 - 19.00 p.m to 20.00 p.m.
November1 to January 31 - 18.00 p.m to 19.00 p.m.

* Show Timings may vary, please confirm the timings from the Booking counter ITDC, Connaught Place.

How To Reach Lal Quila
By Air : Delhi's international airport, Indra Gandhi International airport is connected with major cities of the world.

By Train : Delhi has three main railheads namely Delhi, New Delhi and Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway station.

By Bus : Good network of roads including National Highways and State Highways link Delhi with rest of the country.

Local Transport : Buses, Taxis, Cars, Autos, and Metro trains etc. are local mode of transport in Delhi.
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