The Red Fort in India – facts to blow your mind – New 2020 tour guide
Ever wondered of a place to visit in India. You have come to the right spot, ”the Red Fort in India”. This historical building is located in Delhi, the major capital of India. Its fascinating history, mesmerising building design and easy access all make it stand out.
Red Fort History
The Red Fort was built by Shah Jahan, the fifth Mughal Emperor of India. Some call it Lal Mughal while it can also be pronounced as Lal Qi’la or Lal Ki’la. It was built in the mid-17th century as the palace fort of Shahjahanabad. Shah Jahan gave it an impressive refinement by fusing different architectural styles of Islamic, Timurid, Hindu and Persian traditions. He commissioned the construction to begin in 12th May 1638 when he decided to move his capital from Agra city (where he ruled for eleven years) to Delhi city. It served as the core residence of India’s Mughal Emperors for close to 2 centuries.
The Red Fort development is the most powerful mark of sovereignty in India. Before independence, the British community ruling India at that time took some valuable items from it including the Kohinoor diamond. It was also used as Red Fort interrogation unit. Later on, the first independence celebration was held in the same fort.
It was named ”The Red Fort” due to its red sandstone walls. It was once white but was later painted red by the British community when the stones began to chip off. This also resulted in the change of its name from Lal Qi’la to The Red Fort.
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The fort is still important today as it’s still the prime centre of Delhi city and the cabin of some large archaeological museums including the Indian Memorial Museum. It also houses some mosques like Moti Masjid and Diwan-I-Aam mosques.
On every independence celebrated on 15th October each year, after the president has delivered his address, the Indian flag is hoisted on the Red Fort. This is to pay tribute to the fallen leaders who fought for independence.
Main Features found in the site
The fort lies along the Yamuna River (considered as ”The Holy River of India”). It spreads to over 250 acres with beautiful archaeological style from the fusion of different traditions. It is surrounded by an amazing red sandstone walls which you can view from a far distance.
Other beautiful features to see include:
- The archaeological museums in Mumtaz and the Indian War Memorial in Naubat Khana.
- Several Mahals like Khas Mahal, Mumtaz Mahal and Rang Mahal
- The new predesigned museum called Azadi Ke Deewane.
Once you get to the place, a tour guide will take you through the site intensively explaining the fort’s history and the features inside.
A few kilometres away you can also get to see features like:
- The India Gate
- Dilli Haat
- Agrasen Ki Baoli
- Older Salimgarh Fort
There are also nearby well-designed royal halls with comfortable sleeping rooms and bathing areas to entertain visitors. Hotels and red fort restaurants serving a variety of colourful Indian food with different tastes and colours are also present to make you full. The red fort menu is awesome.
Best time to visit
The best months to visit the Red Fort are between February and October during the autumn and winter seasons. Some winter seasons can sometimes be too bewildered with fog. Summer season is not recommended due to the intense scorching sun which may be harmful to your skin.
Monsoon seasons can also bring a high level of humidity which can result in heavy rain. This may not be conducive.
The fort is opened daily except for Mondays where you can only view it from the rails. The red fort hours start from 9:30 to 4:30 but you can still go there past six to see the evening shows done in English and Hindi languages.
You can also take photos anywhere on the site but not in the museum inside the fort.
How to reach there
Since Delhi is the capital city of India, it is well developed with two airports; New Delhi Airport and Indira Gandhi International Airport. If you are from the foreign countries, you can get there by air and later use cabs to take you to Chandni Chowk station. The fort is just a few walkable metres away from the station.
If you are within India, you can choose to use a good bus network which will take you directly to Delhi. There is also a metro connection to the old railway station which you can also use.
The Red Fort is a great site to visit with fascinating history, beautiful artefacts and places to view and easy access to it. Next time you think of taking a vacation, take The Red Fort as your first option and i promise you won’t regret it.
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