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“Naqqar Khana (Drum House) - Indian War Memorial Museum in the Red Fort” 3 of 5 stars
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Naqqar Khana
Inside the Red Fort, New Delhi, India
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“Naqqar Khana (Drum House) - Indian War Memorial Museum in the Red Fort”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Shortly after entering the Red Fort and passing through the Lahore Gate and Chatta Chowk, you will encounter one of the more impressive buildings within the fort called Naqqar Khana (or Naubat).

The Naqqar Khana served as an entrance into the palace area and was the location were music was played up to five times a day during period of Mughal rule. Apparently, visitors would dismount their elephants at this location to enter the palace grounds. We enjoyed the red stone material used to construct this building. It is lined with intricate carvings that are enjoyable to look at.

At present the building can be entered for a visit to the Indian War Museum on the second and third floors. This museum is a tribute to Indian soldiers who participated in war efforts on behalf of the British. It is a fair collection and worth 10-20 minutes of your time. Unfortunately, no photography is allowed within the upstairs floors where you find the museum.

In addition to Naggar Khana, there are other buildings of interest within the Red Fort that are worth finding. These include the Lahore Gate, Chatta Chowk, Diwa-i-Am Public Hall, Diwan-i-Khas Private Hall, Rang Mahal amongst others.

Visited January 2013
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