When we visited the Taj Mahal in Agra, we stopped by New Delhi to explore the spectacular Red Fort. If you are planning a trip to northern India, we definitely recommend spending a few days in Delhi and checking out some of the most amazing historic monuments.
When we were walking around inside the Red Fort, it felt like visiting ancient India during the Mughal era. If you love history and architecture, you are definitely in for a treat. There is just so much to absorb. If you want to make sure you do not miss out on the most interesting stories behind the minute details, it is a good idea to get an audio guide.
Inside the Red Fort there is a single story structure supported on the marble pillars called Diwan-e-Khas. The beautifully crafted Diwan-e-Khas was a special hall where the Mughal Emperor used to meet private audience such as ministers and representatives from different parts of the kingdom. With intricate marble inlays and floral designs, Diwan-e-Khas looks absolutely stunning even after 400 years from when it was made. You can only imagine how glorious it must have looked during the Mughal era.
Did you know that the Red Fort was originally white? In fact, the name “Red Fort” was given by the British because of the red stones and bricks of the boundary walls which were constructed to provide security to the royals.
Before it was known as the “Red Fort”, this famous architecture marvel was known as Qila-e-Mubarak which literally means the blessed fort. One of the most fascinating facts about the Red Fort is that it was constructed when Shah Jahan, a Mughal Emperor, shifted his capital from Agra to Delhi. And it took over 10 years to build this historic fortress.
A UNESCO world heritage site, the Red Fort is certainly one of the most fascinating cultural, historical and architectural monuments to explore while you visit Delhi. If you truly want to enjoy the beauty of the Red Fort, try going a little early because it gets too hot in the afternoon, especially during the summer months.