The Lal Qila (Red Fort) is a historical fort in the city of Delhi in India. It was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal dynasty for nearly 200 years, until 1857. It is located in the center of Delhi and houses a number of museums. In addition to accommodating the emperors and their households, it was the ceremonial and political centre of the Mughal state and the setting for events critically impacting the region.
It was constructed by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, who also constructed the world-famous Taj Mahal, in the 17th century. The fort served as the residence of the Mughal emperor, his acolytes and their families. It was also the place from where the emperors ran their vast empire. Currently designated as a UNESCO World Heritage, the fort complex serves as a tourist spot and is a powerful symbol of the Indian Republic. The prime minister addresses the nation from this complex on the Independence Day each year. Today the Red Fort is seen as the symbol of the seat of power of government of India. It was the seat of Mughal power from 1639 to 1857. It is known as lal qila because there is much more use of red stones for construction of the red fort. And because of the extensive use of red stones in the great walls of the fort it is known as red fort (LAL QILA).
The most attraction of red fort is the great and huge wall of red fort. The wall has two entrances gate, one at the Lahore gate and another at the Delhi gate. Lahore gate is the main entrance point of red fort (LAL QILA). This wall is assuming that a 2 km long which looks awesome in red stones.
Architecture of the Red Fort
The Red Fort has an area of 254.67 acres (103.06 ha) enclosed by 2.41 kilometres (1.50 mi) of defensive walls, punctuated by turrets and bastions and varying in height from 18 metres (59 ft) on the river side to 33 metres (108 ft) on the city side. The fort is octagonal, with the north-south axis longer than the east-west axis. It showcases a high level of ornamentation, and the Kohinoor diamond was reportedly part of the furnishings.
Entry Tickets and Timings
Visiting Hours: 9:30AM to 4:30PM daily (except Monday)
Entry Fee: Rs.35/-(For Indian Citizens) and Rs. 500/- (For foreigners)
You can appreciate the Sound and Light Show at Lal Quila or Red Fort Delhi from Tuesday to Sunday in both Hindi and English dialect with some expense.
Open : Tuesday to Sunday
Timings : 6pm forward in English and Hindi
Ticket Rates : Rs. 80 for Adults and Rs. 30 for Children.