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7 Interesting And Unknown Facts About The Red Fort In Delhi

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The Red Fort was the residence of Mughal emperors for nearly 200 years. HolidayIQ Travellers list 7 relatively unknown facts about the monument.

7 Interesting And Unknown Facts About The Red Fort In Delhi:

  1. Red Fort, New Delhi (Delhi)

1. The Red Fort Was Originally White

The Red Fort Was Originally Whitesource: wikimedia.org

The Red Fort was originally red and white, Shah Jahan’s favourite colours. Its design is credited to architect Ustad Ahmad Lahauri, who also constructed the Taj Mahal.  After years of negligence, when the white stone started chipping off, the building was repainted a red colour by the British and so the fort was called Red Fort, thereafter. 

Mukul Arora: Red Fort is one of the most famous place in New Delhi. I love the old architecture and this place is very peaceful. It always feels good visiting the same place. Apart from this evening show is very good and opp Red Fort market is there named as Chandni Chowk. Where you can get variety of things at cheaper rates but beware of fake things.

Brilliant Mughal architecture

2. The Red Fort Got Its Name Because Of The Red Boundary Walls

The Red Fort Got Its Name Because Of The Red Boundary Wallssource: wikimedia.org

The octagonal shaped building of the Red Fort has been composed of red sandstone and is encircled by an immensely colossal wall. Delhi Gate and Lahore Gate are the two entrances to the fort, which is spread over a sprawling area of 256 acres.

Nikhil Thakur: One of the beauty of Delhi in old Delhi. This fort is actually really old and beautiful. Last time I visited this place and it was very crowded with lots of tourists. I must say, this fort has more tourist attractions than any other fort in India. I really enjoyed seeing this fort. I'm planning to visit there again.

Marvel the monument's extrodinary layout

3. The Original Name Of The Fort Was Qila-e-Mubarak

The Original Name Of The Fort Was Qila-e-Mubaraksource: flickr - David Gil

The fort was previously known as ‘Qila-e- Mubarak’. Red Fort is one of the shining examples of Mughal architecture.

Jannat Firdous: Whosoever, intends to visit Delhi, will definitely pay a visit to Red fort. This place although is a historical monument but its location and the architecture speaks volumes about the skills of the people who were associated with the construction of such a grand monument, worth to be remembered for thousand more years to come. The place has its historical importance in this regard as well that the national flag is hoisted on it by the prime minister on every Independence day, on that day, the PM addresses the nation as well from Red Fort.”

Learn about the how the Red Fort got its name. 

4. The Construction Of The Fort Took 10 Years

The Construction Of The Fort Took 10 Yearssource: wikipedia.org

Emperor Shah Jahan commissioned construction of the Red Fort in 1638, when he decided to shift his capital from Agra to Delhi. Construction began on Muharram, May 13, 1638. It was supervised by Shah Jahan and construction was completed in 1648.

Snehashis Pradhan:I visited red fort on with my brother in Delhi. Red fort built by Shah Jahan in the time of mughal emperor. In this red fort you will see different garden and museum, in museum you will find lot of things used by our freedom fighter. You will also learn how they used them, I prefer historical place to visit, really it gave me lots pleasure. Everyone should visit the place of red fort.

Learn about the history of its construction.

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5. The Famous Kohinoor Diamond Of India Was Part Of The Red Fort

The Famous Kohinoor Diamond Of India Was Part Of The Red Fortsource: pinterest.com

The Kohinoor diamond was a part of the royal throne of Shah Jahan, which was located in the Diwan-i-Khas. The precious stone was later stolen by Nadir Shah and today is a part of Royal Crown Collection of England.

Shankar Bhardwaj: It's a Great Monument , Huge and nicely maintained. Though partly open to Public worth seeing. Please note to reach early and you should be there at the gate after ticket purchase to visit before 5.PM as they stop allowing you to visit by 5 PM. The place is beautiful nicely maintained, very clean and huge. It takes almost a KM of walk to reach the gate from the parking lot as vehicles are not allowed near it seems. The best attraction is the shopping inside the complex just before you get out , the small small items and souvenirs are reasonable and good.”

Interestingly the Kohinoor was here in the past! 

6. The Red Fort Houses A Building Called The Rang Mahal

The Red Fort Houses A Building Called The Rang Mahalsource: wikimedia.org

The Rang Mahal housed the emperor's wives and mistresses. Its name means 'Palace of Colours', since it was brightly painted and decorated with a mosaic of mirrors. The emperor used the Rang Mahal to spent time with his wives. Apart from the emperor and princes, the entry was forbidden for any other male.

HolidayIQ Traveller Subham Singh from Guwahati shares, “This place reminds us of our past historical glory. It’s very close to Chandni Chowk. The management takes well care of it, as everything was clean. The museum was of various old paintings and tools like guns were very attractive. You will find foreign tourist all the time. The grass lawns are well taken care-of. There much to see in Red Fort. There is so much to learn for students. Go one and enjoy!”

Explore the Rang Mahal

7. The Last Emperor To Occupy The Fort, Bahadur Shah Zafar, Was Tried And Exiled By The British Empire For Treason

The Last Emperor To Occupy The Fort, Bahadur Shah Zafar, Was Tried And Exiled By The British Empire For Treasonsource: wikimedia.org

The last Mughal emperor to occupy the fort, Bahadur Shah II, became a symbol of the 1857 rebellion against the British. Despite its position as the seat of Mughal power and its defensive capabilities, the Red Fort was not defended during the 1857 uprising against the British. After the rebellion failed, Bahadur Shah II left the fort and was apprehended by British forces.

HolidayIQ Traveller A S from Hyderabad shares, “Prime Minister of India addresses the country from red fort on 26 January. But this place is also open for general public during rest of the year as well. Most of the fort is currently under reconstruction. The ASI is trying to preserve the palace. Therefore you might find few parts which have been restored recently. Red fort is actually spread all across Delhi. In most of the places roads have been constructed. But the part from where Akbar used to address his court is still intact. There is a museum as well where the cloths, arms and other objects from Mughal era are kept. This fort was also featured the bollywood movie Jodha Akbar.”

Explore the history of the place


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