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Red Fort stands tall with its Charm and Significance

Kshitiz Thakur | New Delhi

The Red Fort of Old Delhi is not just a beautiful structure built with red sand stones and representing history. These red sand stones actually gave it the name Red Fort. It not only holds its beauty and charm but also its significance and place in history as well as in today's time. It is one of the oldest and famous monuments of Old Delhi, locally known as Lal Quila. On one side it faces the city with its wall standing about 33 meters tall and stands 18 meters tall on the river side, facing the Yamuna. The structure was listed as one of World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2007.

Historically, it marked an important era, the shift and concentration of power to Delhi. It was built in 1648 by Shahjahan. The construction actually started in 1638-39 when the mughal ruler Shahjahan decided to shift his capital from Agra to Delhi. It was originally known as Qila-I-Mubarak or the Blessed Fort as it was the residence of Shahjahan and his royal family. And every year on August the 15th, since India got its independence from British Raj in 1947, Red Fort hosts Independence Day celebrations. The Prime Minister of India hoists the national flag above the Lahore Gate of Red Fort and addresses the nation.

This fort is visited by thousands of tourists every day. And the fort welcomes them with its many attractions. One of the most fascinating tourist attractions here is the light and music show held every evening here. The show is of one hour duration and conducted in English and Hindi languages with an half an hour interval. It takes the audience through key historical events of Delhi, right from the time of Mahabharat and Pandavas to the years of the British rule in India. It takes you through the times and eras of various Rajput and Mughal rulers and kings of India like Prithviraj Chuahan, Humayun and Bahadur Shah Zafar. Chatta Chowk, a bazaar or a market inside the fort is another attraction. The interior area of the Red Fort has many sections like Diwan-i-Khaas, Diwan-i-Aam, Khas Mahal and Rang Mahal. Lahore Gate and Delhi Gate are the two gates of the Red Fort.

The fort remains open from Tuesdays to Sundays, closed on Mondays only. The fort is located on Netaji Subhash Marg in Old Delhi with Chandni Chowk metro station as the nearest one.

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