Red Fort, Delhi

March 2, 2014: Today afternoon, I will be flying back to my hometown Thiruvananthapuram after a successful Delhi-Jammu&Kashmir-Punjab trip. I managed to visit most of the attractions of Delhi during the two visits to this city. But still, there was a major attraction which I haven’t visited – The Red Fort. Red fort (Lal Qila) was the seat of the Mughals for almost 2 centuries. During my first visit to Delhi in August 2013, this site was closed to public as part of the security arrangement for Independence Day celebrations (August 15).  The massive Red Fort complex houses numerous other buildings including 3 museums.  My flight was scheduled at 6:00 PM, but the check-out time at hotel was 12:00 PM. So practically I’ve got half a day to manage a visit to the Fort.

Red Fort, Delhi

Red Fort, Delhi

Red Fort, Delhi

Red Fort, Delhi, India

Made of red sandstone, Red fort is an UNESCO world heritage site. The whole complex is massive and it would be very tiring to explore this place on a summary day and so I had to abandon the plan to visit the adjacent Salimgarh Fort. On Independence Day, Prime Minister hoists the tricolor in this fort and addresses the nation. The complex is huge and it will take more than 3 hours to explore if done at a leisurely pace.  Photography is not allowed inside the 3 museums.

Related: Lotus Temple, Delhi


Lahori Gate

Lahori Gate, Red Fort, Delhi

Red Fort, Delhi


Military barracks constructed by the British

Red Fort, Delhi

Red Fort, Delhi


 

Baoli, stepwell

Red Fort, Delhi


Diwan-i-Am, Hall of public audience 

Diwan-i-Am, Red Fort, Delhi

Red Fort, Delhi


Moti Masjid (Pearl Mosque)

Red Fort, Delhi

Red Fort, Delhi


Khas Mahal

Red Fort, Delhi


Red Fort, Delhi

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Author: Sreejith Vijayakumar

Have a great liking for travelling and learning about different cultures and communities. Strongly believe that world is a wonderful place to live in.

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