Red Fort Delhi Overview along with the History, Architecture, Entry fee, Timings.
Red Fort is the major attraction in the national capital of Delhi. The fort is located in the center of the city and used to be a residence of Mughal Dynasty Emperors. As the capital was shifted from Agra to New Delhi Shah Jahan in 1939 constructed the fort. The fort used to be a residence of Mughal dynasty emperors and also as the political center of Mughal state. This Red Fort at present is home for a number of Museums that have the collections of precious artifacts on display. Every Year this monument is the place where the Indian flag is hoisted on Independence Day.
In the olden days, Red Fort is used to be called Blessed fort or Quila-e- Mubarak. The fort is the part of the City Shahjahanabad which is also known as the Old Delhi. The Red fort is situated on the banks of River Yamuna and is surrounded by the water around the fort. In 2007, the fort became a UNESCO world heritage site.
History of Red Fort
On May 13th, 1638 in the holy month of Muharram the construction was started and it took 9 years to build under the supervision of Shahjahan. On 6th April 1648, the fort construction was built. Till 1857 the fort was under Mugal Rule where several other structures were built at the time of Shah Jahan. The addition of, Pearl Mosque or the Moti Masjid by Aurangzeb, when he won over the fierce war of succession of him over his 3 brothers.
After the ruling of Aurangazeb, the fort degraded at the ruling time of Farrukhsiyar. He replaced the silver ceiling with the copper. The Persian Emperor Nadir Shah looted the fort by taking the precious peacock throne. From 1739 to 1857, several attacks were done on the fort by Marathas, Sikhs, Ahmad Shah, and the British. In 1760, to raise the funds for the defenses Army from the Ahmad Shah Durrani, Marathas the silver ceiling of Diwan-e-Khas was sold.
The fort was occupied by the British Colonial Rulers who took a lot of precious Kohinoor Diamonds, Crown of Bahadur Shah II, and the Jade Wine Cup of Shah Jahan. They systematically destroyed the fort including gardens, servant quarters, furniture, and harem apartments except the white marble building. Lord Curzon in 1899, ordered to reconstruct the buildings and gardens.
After the British left India, Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India raised the flag here and from then on every Independence Day Prime Minister of India will hoist the flag here.
Architecture of Red Fort Delhi
The Red Fort in Delhi is the combination of Indian, Timurid and Persian form of Architecture. Ustad Ahmad Lahauri was the architect of the fort, the architect who designed the Taj Mahal. The structure of the fort is octagonal with several gates around and the prominent ones are Lahori, Mori, Ajmeri, Kashmiri, Delhi gates and Turkman. Inside the fort, there are several structures and the most known ones are Diwani Aam, Moti Masjid, Diwani Khaas, and Nahri Bashisht.
Light and Sound Show
The Light and Sound show will be done every evening for one hour inside the fort premises except on Mondays. This show gives the complete history of the fort and the tourists can nowhere know about history except by attending this show. The shows will be played both in English and in Hindi at different intervals of time.
The timings for the show in Hindi is from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM and in English the show will be played from 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM.
The tickets will be charged as below
During Weekdays – For Adults, it is charged Rs 60 and for children, the ticket is Rs 20.
During Weekends and Public Holidays – For Adults Rs 80 and for children it’s Rs 30.
For Adults: Indian Citizens, Citizens of SAARC and BIMSTEC nations – Rs 10
For Foreigners – Rs 250
For Children: Entry is free for Children
Cameras and mobiles are allowed into the red Fort but the photos are not allowed to be taken inside the museum. For Cameras, there will be some charges to pay. Mobiles are allowed for free.
The place will be open from 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Time to spend
How to Reach
Delhi Bus Station to Red Fort – 7 KM
Delhi Railway Station to Red Fort – 3 KM
Delhi Airport to Red Fort – 20 KM
Red Fort, Netaji Subhash Marg, Lal Qila, Chandni Chowk, Delhi 110006, New Delhi, India
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