The Red Fort gets its name from the red sandstone on the defence walls that surround the fort. The Emperor Shah Jahan initiated the project in 1638 when he moved the capital from Agra to Delhi.
We took a rickshaw from Chandhi Chowk to Lal Quila and the fort is certainly an imposing structure as we neared it. Once we lined up to pay, we entered through the Lahore Gate. This leads to an arcade called Chhatta Chowk consisting of shops selling silk clothing, jewellery and other touristy items.
The fort is an UNESCO world heritage site with museums, mosque, hammams, an Octagonal tower as part of the fort. There are also some marble buildings so its not all sandstone and there are large gardens with its water canal system.
There were by now familiar part of the forts such as the Diwan-i-Aam or the Hall of Public Audiences which we also saw in other forts and palaces that we previously visited. Here the emperor, seated in an alcove, would listed to complaints and pleas of the commoners. In the Diwan-i-Khas or the Hall of Private Audiences the Emperor held private meetings with his courtiers and politicians.
We did enjoy the Mumtaz Mahal museum which is also part of the complex and displayed a variety of items of archaeological interest. We did enjoy our visit, there are information plaques which explain various structures and did not need a guide.
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