Red Fort


The Red Fort is a must see on the list of Delhi monuments. Construction began in 1639 when Emperor Shah Jahan, the same man who had the Taj Mahal built in memory of his wife, shifted India’s capital from Agra to Delhi.


Just beyond the main gate is Chatta Chowk, a covered bazaar built after Jahan saw a similar one in a Mughal fort in Peshawar.

A covered bazaar was unusual at that time. It was built so that the women in Shah Jahan’s harem could shop without leaving the fort.


Beyond Chatta Chowk is Diwan-i-Aam, the hall of public audiences, where the Emperor would hear the grievances of the common people.

Another structure in the Red Fort Complex is Diwan-i-Khas, the hall of private audiences.

This hall is built in white marble and was where the Emperor would meet with nobles and courtiers.

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