The Red Fort (Lal Quila) is a red sandstone fortress and the largest monument in Old Delhi. Commissioned by Shah Jahan in 1638, the complex covers almost 255 acres along the Yamuna River. The fort comes alive in the evening with a sound and light show that recreates 5,000 years of India's history.
The one-hour spectacle is quite enchanting, with rulers and historical events corresponding to specific fort locations. Grab dinner across the street in Chandni Chowk, one of the oldest and busiest markets in the city.
Note: Closed on Mondays.
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An Afternoon at the Lal Qil'ah, Delhi
This is a snapshot from the 17th-century fort constructed by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most prominent tourist attractions in Delhi. The fort, which is rich in Mughal history, is splendidly adorned with pietra dura, and red sandstone has been extensively used on the massive walls, from which it derives its name.
The Red Fort is overwhelming, so on my first trip there, I decided to focus on just one aspect of the place, and the doors are what spoke to me loudest.
This is just one of the many stunning doors of the Red Fort. If you find yourself there, notice all of them. Only some of them open. You will have to use your imagination for the rest.