The Red Fort

The Red Fort towers over Old Delhi, and although it lies in ruins now, it’s exciting to imagine what this place would have been like during it’s peak years. Built by the Mughals this fort was a place of luxury and grandeur.

After walking through Lahore Gate (named because it faces Lahore, Pakistan) you find yourself walking through a long entryway Chatta Chowk (covered bazaar) that is now filled with vendors selling a variety of items, but who once sold posh items to the royals. As you walk out of the bazaar you will find yourself where the royal transport, elephants, were kept.

The Hall of Public Audiences is a beautifully carved sandstone building with a marble throne that held the emperor as he addressed the crowds. Precious jewels were encrusted in the marble throne, but have since been stolen.

Behind the Hall of Public Audiences stands a building made out of white marble, the Hall of Private Audiences.

There are still a few jewels in-tact that make up the decorative flowers on the walls, but most have been stolen from the fort.

 

The royal baths are also made out of white marble (surprise! I have never seen so much marble in my life!)

The fort was designed is such a way as to include waterways and canals. There are several marble buildings that served as pumps, feeding water into the shallow waterways that run throughout the fort. Today, everything is dry as a bone, but the skeletal system left behind helps you to imagine just how beautiful this place was during it’s hay-day. It’s amazing to think that Mughals actually roamed this place and basked in it’s glory and exclusivity, while hundreds of years later here we are, along with hundreds of other visitors, tromping over the broken sidewalks and hopping across the empty canals.

 


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