The Red Fort. A huge, brooding and magnificent structure in the heart of Old Delhi. An ode to the architectural expertise of the Mughals, it was built during the height of Mughal power in India by Emperor Shah Jahan, the creator of the Taj Mahal. Completed in 1648 it has been at the centre of India’s most significant historical moments from then on right up to today.
The Red Fort’s massive, nearly 2.5 km long asymmetrical walls (asymmetrical because they encompass an older fort called Salimgarh Fort) contain an area of nearly 255 acres. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Emperor Shah Jahan had it constructed when he shifted his capital from Agra to Shahjahanabad (present day Old Delhi). Ustad Ahmad Lahauri, the architect of the Taj Mahal to his credit, was commissioned to construct the fort in 1638. Built under the supervision of the Emperor himself, the Red Fort represents the brilliance of Mughal architecture. The synthesis of Persian, Timurid and Hindu traditions further enhances the beauty, colour and the aesthetics of the fort.
The fort has been witness to some of the defining moments in India’s history. The iron rule of Aurangzeb, Shah Jahan’s successor and the sacking of Delhi and indeed of the fort itself in 1739 by Persian Emperor Nadir Shah. It was also an impassive witness to the third battle of Panipat between the Marathas and Ahmed Shah Durrani, then the rule of the Marathas over Delhi, the Indian rebellion of 1857, the rule of the British and finally the most important event of India’s modern history, India’s independence on 15th August 1947 where it was the centrepiece of the ceremony to declare India’s independence.
A visit to this magnificent fort is not just a visit, it is a walk through India’s history of the last 4 centuries. Stand on the rampart from where independent India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru addressed the nation and you can feel the jubilation of a people finally independent. Visit the Diwa-i-Khas and you cannot help but imagine the beautiful Peacock Throne in its rightful place with Shah Jahan sitting on it addressing his durbar. A visit to the Pearl Mosque can evoke an image of Aurangzeb kneeling in prayer. As you continue to walk around the fort, the battle scarred walls tell tales of valour and cowardice, of jubilation and sorrow, tales never heard.
The Red Fort, while allowing you to visit it and see it, it lets you know that you, the visitor, are but a tiny moment in its existence and worthy of not even a raised eyebrow.
The Red Fort is a must during your visit to India. And we are there to make it happen. We will help you plan and book not just your visit to the Red Fort but your entire trip. Your all-in-one travel platform feelaplace.com is here to take care of all your needs. You just set off on your journey and we’ll ensure it becomes a historic one…