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Lal Quila : The zenith of The Mughal creativity

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Red Fort / Lal Quila : Pride of India

Red Fort is one of the most beautiful and well designed forts in the world. Every year on the Independence Day (15 August)  of India, the Indian Prime Minister hoists the national flag at the Red Fort and delivers a nationally-broadcast speech from its ramparts .

The Red Fort, the largest monument in Delhi it is very popular tourist destinations in Delhi and It  attracts thousands of visitors every year.

Major Structures of Lal Quila (Red Fort Delhi)

Lahori Gate
The Lahori Gate is the main gate to the Red Fort, named for its orientation towards the city of Lahore. On occasion of Independence Day the national flag has flown and the Prime Minister of India has made a speech from its ramparts.

Delhi Gate

The Delhi Gate is the southern public gate It is similar to the Lahori Gate. 
Water Gate, Naubat Khana, Diwan-i-Aam, Mumtaz Mahal, Rang Mahal, Khas Mahal, Diwan-i-Khas
Hammam, Moti Masjid, Hira Mahal, Shahi Burj, Hayat Bakhsh Bagh.

Important Facts about Lal Quila/ Red Fort-Delhi

  • The Red Fort was the residence of the Mughal emperor of India for nearly 200 years
  • It is located in the centre of Delhi.
  • Red Fort was the ceremonial and political centre of Mughal government.
  • It was constructed by Shah Jahan.
  • Lal Quila Named for its massive defensive walls of red sandstone.
  • The Red Fort is considered to represent the zenith of Mughal creativity under Shah Jahan.
  •  The fort was originally known as the “Blessed Fort” , Quila-i-Mubarak.
  • Emperor Shah Jahan commissioned construction of the Red Fort in 1638.
  • It took ten years to complete the construction in 1648.
  • The fort is situated on the bank of Yamuna River.
  • Its Main architect is Ustad Ahmad Lahauri, the same architect who constructed The Taj Mahal
  • Construction began in the sacred month of Muharram, on 13 May 1638.
  • Red Fort was originally in white color The British painted it red.
  • Every year on 15 August (Independence Day), Prime Minister of India hoists the national flag here.
  • Every year on 26 January (Republic day of India), President of India hoists the national flag here.
  • The Red fort is surrounded by big wall to protect it from the external attacks.
  • The fort has two entrances- Lahore gate and Delhi gate.
  • The shape of this fort is octagon and it covers 256 acres of land.
  •  In 2007 Red Fort was declared as world heritage site by UNESCO.
  • The Famous Kohinoor diamond (One of world’s largest Diamond) was part of furniture of Emperor Shah Jahaan, it is now part of England’s royal Crown Jewels collection.
  • British government  sold the Red Fort Valuables after end of Mughal reign (1858).
  • In 1863, British destroyed many buildings inside and outside the fort, filled up the gardens.

Highlights Of Lal Quila, Delhi

Area of Red Fort
254.67 acres (103.06 ha)
Length of defensive walls of Red fort
2.41 kilometres (1.50 mi) 
Height Of Wall (River Side )
18 metres (59 ft)
Height Of Wall (City Side )
33 metres (108 ft)
Fort Design
octagonal
Architecture Style
Mughal architecture
Building Material
Marble, Stone
Architect
Ustad Ahmad Lahauri
Attraction
Beautiful artifacts, Museum and sound and light show
Completed in
1648

Security Of Lal Quila

Indian Government very concern about security of “Red Fort”, On the occasion of  Indian Independence Day, Delhi and central government arrange High security in which involves   Delhi Police, paramilitary personnel, National Security Guard, SPG and Army sharpshooters.
The airspace around the Red fort is a designated no-fly zone during the celebration to prevent any air attacks

When & How To Visit : Lal Quila

Location
Netaji Subhash Marg
Nearest Metro Station
Chandni Chowk
Open
Tuesday-Sunday
Closed
Monday
Timings
Sunrise to Sunset
Entry Fee For Indian
INR 10
Entry Fee For Indian foreigners
INR 250
Photography Fee
Nil
Videography
INR 25
Sound & Light Shows Time
6pm
Sound & Light Shows Fee for adult
INR 80
Sound & Light Shows Fee for Children
INR 30

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  1. hi your site is very informative and interesting. I really enjoy to read this article on Lal Quila…

    Thanks

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