India - Things To Do In Red Fort - Travel Advice

India - Places To In Red Fort - Travel Advice

It is of red sandstone and was built by Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565, is considered one of the best in the country. The original idea was to give military use but the Emperor Shah Jahan transformed it into a palace by adding white marble buildings. The fort has a double wall in the form of ear with 20 m high and 2.5 km in circumference and has witnessed many battles for control of the city. In the year 1983 was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco.

Amar Singh- is the main entrance to the fort and has an angle so that the elephants could not tear it down. It is accessed via a drawbridge over the moat located

Diwan-i-Am- was the public hearing room where the king dispensed justice with the public. Here was the famous Peacock Throne, which was inlaid with precious stones, before looting the city and move to Iran.

Moti Masjid or Pearl Mosque- named for the reflection of sun on the white marble domes, was used by the royals

Nagina Masjid Gems- was built by Shah Jahan for the ladies of the court. It is divided into three naves crowned with white marble domes and to get it passed through a small bazaar where the ladies were shopping.

Diwan-i-Khas was the hall of private audiences where the king, sitting on the Takhti-i-Yahangir, black slab used as a throne, received the great personalities. It offers magnificent views of the Taj Mahal.

Shish Mahal, known as the Palace of Mirrors by glass mosaic is embedded in its walls.

Burj Musamman and Khas Mahal - the tower and the palace where Shah Jahan was imprisoned the last years of his life gazing at the Taj Mahal. The tower is octagonal and is beautifully decorated with white marble lattices.

Celestial Mina Masjid is of white marble and was built by Shah Jahan for his private use, has a small enclosed courtyard and three bows in prayer.

Yahangir Mahal- palace of red sandstone built by Akbar for his son Yahangir but later was used by the wives of kings. Inside is the Hauz-i-Yahangir, huge stone bowl used as a bath.

Itimad Al-Daulah - It is known as the Taj Mahl small but does not compare in size or in splendor. It is a white marble mausoleum built by the wife of King Jahangir in 1622 to bury his father, Mirza Ghiyas Bej, a former Persian Vizier. Its walls are decorated with precious stones and geometric designs, has a large central dome and four towers at its corners.

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