Located in the heart of Old Delhi, the massive Red Fort rises 33-metres above the noise and life of the city and serves as a strong reminder of the power, magnificence and class of the old Mughal emperors. The Red Fort was built in 1638 and was built to keep invaders out of the city. Today, the needs have changed and instead of warding the city from attacks, it has become a prime spot for tourists and locals alike to visit and explore.
Once you actually enter the compound, via a tourist trinket-laden entry hall you will find a treasure trove of history. There is the Hall of Private Audiences which is made out of stunning white marble, the Drum House and in opposition of the Hall of Private Audiences is the Hall of Public Audiences all of which are stunning examples of expertly crafted Indian architecture.
The Red Fort has been a symbol of power since it was built and has been around to watch the ever-changing country shift to English rule, then back to Indian independence. Independence Day in India brings hoards of people to the main gate of the Red Fort called Lahore Gate as it serves as a symbolic and emotional focal point on modern India. The entire Red Fort Complex has even been the setting for many events that have served to shape the regional identity in and around Delhi.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site is considered to represent the zenith of creativity from the Mughals and even though the planning of palace was based on Islamic archetypes, each pavilion includes architectural elements that are typical of Persian, Timurid and Hindu traditions. This innovative style later serves to influence many other gardens and building throughout Rajasthan, Delhi, Agra and even further into the regions of India. The Red Fort is open from Tuesday through Sunday and is closed on Mondays, so when you visit, plan your trip to the Red Fort accordingly.
By Dan Moore