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, I would definitely recommend spending a few days in Delhi to check out some of the most amazing historic monuments.
While walking around inside the Red Fort, it felt like we were visiting ancient India during the Mughal era. If you love history and architecture, you are definitely in for a treat. I would suggest taking an audio guide so that you do not miss out on the most interesting stories behind the minute details. There is just so much to absorb. You would need more than three to four hours to explore this beautiful monument. If you truly want to enjoy the beauty of the Lal Quila, try going a little early because it gets too hot in the afternoon, especially during the summer months.
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.