Saturday, August 22, 2009

Red Fort Delhi

Through the pages of history.....
The Red Fort stands as the result of the decision of Shahjahan in 1639, to shift his capital to New Delhi from Agra. Within eight years, Shahjahanabad was completed with the Red Fort-Qila-i-Mubarak (fortunate citadel)-New Delhi's seventh fort.
Specimen of artisitic brilliance- red fort:
The Red Fort stands witness to the glorious Indian history and architecture. This fort built behind red sandstone walls gives the fort its name. The Red Fort or Lal Qila reiterates the period of Moghul magnificence. This famous citadel comprises of massive audience halls and marble palaces. The architecture was accentuated with precious stones when constructed.

The two main gateways are the Lahore Gate and the Delhi Gate.
>The Red Fort is to be entered by the Delhi Gate, that leads to the Hathi Pol or Elephant Gate. >The Diwan-e-am and the Diwan-e-khas are pavilions from where the king addressed the common people and the elite respectively.
>The Rang Mahal is a water-cooled apartment for the royal ladies and in the basement of the fort there is a market where one can buy traditional Indian goods at very competitive rates.
>The Khas Mahal and Sheesh Mahal are exquisitely decorated halls, that radiate the brilliance and splendor of Mughal royalty.
>The Lahore Gate opens to Chatta Chowk which as once a royal market . The arcade was also known as Meena bazar.
>Moti Masjid (pearl mosque) was a private mosque built by by Aurangzeb (Shahjahan's son) for his personal use.

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