The sultanate of Delhi, a beautiful place which is boasted with glorious past and rich culture is serving as the capital of the country. Filled with many historical monuments, Delhi tourism plays a vital role in forming the tourism industry of India. Among all the tourism sites, there is one such monument which is not only associated with rich history but is also serving as the ceremonial ground on the national occasions such as Republic day and Independence Day, the monument is Red Fort.
Here in this post we are going to discuss about some interesting facts about Red Fort knowing which might enhance your knowledge –
- Red Fort was “White’ once
- The Fort has got its name by it Walls
- The Original Name of Red Fort
- Fortification of Red Fort
- Kohinoor Diamond and Red Fort Furniture
- Lahore Gate of Red Fort
- Water Gate of Red Fort
- The Shape of Red Fort
- Rang Mahal in Red Fort
- Last Mughal Emperor was tried In Red Fort
1. Red Fort was “White’ once
When the fort was originally built, it was white in color. According to ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) many part of the building were made of lime stone. It was the British Era when the Fort was painted in red color when the white stone was started chipping off.
2. The Fort has got its name by it Walls
The Red Fort owes its name to its walls of boundary. The huge and high boundary walls were built to increase the security of the forts and the royals living in it. As the wall of this fort was constructed in red stones and bricks, the British called it Red Fort. As time passes, the locals have started calling it LalQila. Red Fort in Delhi is a significant monument which is visited by travellers round the world under their Delhi Tours.
3. The Original Name of Red Fort
There are many theories behind the construction of Red Fort, the most authentic one state that this fort was built under Mughal rule. The majesties of this fort are such that it enhances your Delhi Tour Packages. The time when this huge monument was built it was called “Qila-E-Mubarak” which literally translates to “The Blessed Fort”. According to sources this monument was built when Shah Jahan decided to shift his capital to Delhi from Agra.
4. Fortification of Red Fort
There’s a saying “Rome was not built in a day” so the same happened with this majestic marvel. The fortification of this fort took 10 long years to build. The architectures of this fort were Ustad Hamid and Ustad Ahmed. The construction of this fort was started in 1638 and got completed in 1648.
5. Kohinoor Diamond and Red Fort Furniture
World’s largest diamond, which is gracing the crown of queen of England, was once the part of India’s pride. The Kohinoor or spell as Koh-i-Noor was actually the part of Shah Jahan’s throne. This throne was made up of solid gold and was studded with precious stones. Today there is neither the gold throne nor the Kohinoor diamond, but there are many stories which will make your tour packages of India a memorable one.
6. Lahore Gate of Red Fort
The giant and magnificent fort of Delhi is compact with two gates, namely the Delhi Gate and the Lahore Gate. Lahore Gate has got its name as it open towards toward Lahore. As Pakistan and India was one country once, this is no wonder that the name of the gate has been christened by our neighboring country.
7. Water Gate of Red Fort
Among all the major gates, there is one more gate in the fort named the Water Gate. It was built on the bank of Yamuna River. The major work of this gate was to ensure an easy access to Yamuna River. With the passage of time, the course of Yamuna River has changed but still the has got its name.
8. The Shape of Red Fort
The magnificent Red Fort is built in the octagonal shape, when it was seen from above the shape of Red Fort was known to be octagonal in shape. The huge walls of this fort are looked in the same shape. Behind these walls one can find n numbers good hotels in Delhi.
9. Rang Mahal in Red Fort
Famous for its marvelous architecture, the Red Fort is compact with many palaces which were used by different Mughal rulers. One of most amazing palaces in Red Fort is Rang Mahal which literally means palace of colors. The palace was used as the emperor’s wives her mistresses and her maids. The very charming personal palace of emperor, Khas Mahal is situated near Rang Mahal so that emperor could visit to her queens anytime he wants. Nobody was allowed here except the princesses and queens.
10. Last Mughal Emperor was tried In Red Fort
Red Fort has been a house of Mughal Emperors for many centuries. Bahadur Shah one of the last Mughal emperors was held here guilt for treason and he was tried in his own house (Red Fort) by the British. The trial was done in Diwan-I-Khas in front of British council and Bahadur Shah was held guilty. Later he exiled to Rangoon (Myanmar). There are many such stories you can learn on your Cultural and Heritage walk in Delhi.