Charismatic Delhi – The Red Fort

The Red Fort
The Imposing Red Fort

 

Now at the Red Fort! The aroma of Old Delhi is emanating everywhere. The busy streets and narrow alleyways mostly occupied by cyclists, motorists, rickshaw-walas and an array of shops and stores, from saree shops to lehenga markets, decorating both sides of the road speak loudly that the scene is certainly procured from Chandni Chowk. And it is correct. I am at the Red Fort, once served the residence of the Mughal family for over two hundred years.

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Handcrafted Traditional Stuff

Red Fort at a Glance:

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With a history close to four hundred years, the Red Fort or Lal Quila built by Shah Jahan in 1648 stands still partially and has withstood all odds over several centuries. Perched over a massive area of two hundred and fifty acres fenced by thick, strong walls, the imposing fort showcases extraordinary Mughal artwork and architecture, which combine Indian, European and Persian art. Apart from holding historical importance, the largest monument in Delhi also plays a pivotal role on Independence Day when the Prime of Minister of India hoists the Tricolor National Flag and delivers a patriotic speech, ultimately motivating and inculcating patriotism in the minds and souls of Indians.

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I just returned from a complete sightseeing of the Tughlaqabad Fort, which was sparsely sprinkled with visitors. At the Red Fort, the scenery is totally different. It is pretty hot out here. That hardly makes any difference to the ever-increasing enthusiasm and zeal of the visitors, both locals and foreigners alike. Families, friends, couples and individuals are busy taking that perfect shot that would certainly ornament their Facebook page. A long queue is waiting for me, probably testing my patience (but I am unperturbed. I’m not worried. I’m fully equipped to tackle the scorching heat).

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You See the Queue?

A head-to-toe security check is performed by the security personnel and entrance is then allowed. What catches the attention at once is the vast collection of art and craft shops selling all kinds of stuff, including glittering jewelry, beautiful hand bags, etc. at pocket-friendly rates. Walk pass the art and craft shops, visitors are welcome by a great complex of buildings, intricately crafted and impressively designed.

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Inside the fortification are constructed outstanding building complexes, such as Divan-i-Khas, the Rang Mahal, Moti Masjid, Mumtaz Mahal and the hammam. The manicured green meadows adorned by birds and humans and surrounded by imposing mahals and masjids offer a perfect visual treat to the eyes.

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The Delhi Red Fort is octagonal and appealing interiors with notable marble structures. The robust walls that stretch up to approximately two and half kilometers are draped with turrets and bastions.

Sound & Light Show:

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Sound & Light Show – Red Fort Delhi

One of the highlights of the Delhi Red Fort is its Sound and Light Show.

Important Information:

Delhi Red Fort Tickets: Rs 10/- for Indian adults, Rs 150/- for foreigners

Nearby Attractions: Chandni Chowk Market, Jama Masjid and Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib.

Nearest Metro: Chandni Chowk Metro Station

Charismatic Delhi – Tughlaqabad Fort!

If you have been to Delhi in summer, at least you know what it is like. It is too hot in May, with daytime temperatures are sizzling, touching above 430 C. While the scorching heat of the sun compels Delhiites to stay indoors, I thought to myself – why not give it a challenge and have a glance at some of the capital’s historical sites?As I was lost in the thoughts of the massive stone fortifications of Tughlaqabad Fort, thick defensive walls of the Red Fort and verdant surroundings of India Gate, my shoes were already dancing and my camera was going out of control to take snaps. Before I could do anything, my restless feet had already started the journey, leaving no choice.

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Fort Entrance

Tughlaqabad Fort – The Third City of Delhi:

Spreading over six kilometers in the southern part of Delhi is the striking, yet dilapidated huge stone fortification of Tughlaqabad. The citadel is one of the most outstanding historic monuments in Delhi was built in 1321 by the founder of Tughlaq Dynasty by Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq. Perched right on the Mehrauli-Badarpur road connecting to the new city, the Tughlaqabad Fort was the third historic city of Delhi. It is now able to draw a generous amount of visitors who combine serenity with history.

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Uneven Terrain
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Beautiful!!!

 

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Nice Place to Play Hide & Seek
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Big Well

Be watchful! The craggy, uneven terrain is often threatened by thorny shrubs might make you uncomfortable as it did to me while trying to cover the remains of this vast complex. Make sure you have got big eyes to cover up this massive complex because the remains stretch as far as your eyes can observe.

The Romantic Side of Tughlaqabad Fort:

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Unperturbed

While strolling through the rocky terrains, I stumbled upon with a handful of innocent visitors who have no knowledge of the outer world and busy in finding the safest place so that they can spend some quality time with their partners. I thought to myself – apart from its historical importance, the fort also bears some romantic tinges or it has gradually earned a big name amongst romantics. I couldn’t but laugh when I saw the guards constantly making efforts to spot lovers, poking at them and drive them away or at least ask them to sit at a little distance. I must say the guards need a handsome hike in next three months because they are doing more than what they are assigned.

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The Mausoleum of Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq:

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Tomb of Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq
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Verdant Garden
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Graves of Ghiyath al-Din Tughluq (middle), His Wife & His Son

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Connected via causeway (divided by Mehrauli-Badarpur Road) is the Tomb of Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq. The tomb is set in a lush garden in one corner surrounded by thick, fortified walls. The walls are approximately fifteen meters high. The red sandstone tomb is actually a single-domed square tomb. The white marble dome looks so elegant and is clearly visible from a distance. Peep through inside and discover three graves lined up – the grave of Ghiyath al-Din Tughluq is nestled between the graves of his wife and successor (his son).

Guidelines for Visitors:

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Some Handy Information:

Tughlaqabad Fort Tickets: To get inside the fort, it is important to have Tughlaqabad Fort tickets. Indians can pay Rs 5/- for a ticket, while it costs Rs 100/- to foreigners.

Tughlaqabad Fort Timings: What make Tughlaqabad Fort different from other attractions in Delhi are its timings. It is open all days of the week. You could start your trip from 7 am till 5 pm.

Tughlaqabad Fort Address: It is located on the popular Mehrauli-Badarpur Road. Reaching this citadel is easy by car, auto, bus and metro.

Tughlaqabad Fort nearest Metro Station: The nearest metro stations are Tughlakabad Metro Station and Saket Metro Station.

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