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The Red Fort is a historical fortification in the national capital of New Delhi. Located in the center of the city, it was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal dynasty. It was constructed by Shah Jahan in the year 1939 as a result of a capital shift from Agra to Delhi. This imposing piece of architecture derives its name from its impregnable red sandstone walls. In addition to accommodating the emperors and their households, it was the ceremonial and political center of the Mughal state and the setting for events critically impacting the region. Today, this monument is home to a number of museums that have an assortment of precious artifacts on display. Every year, the Indian Prime Minister unfurls the national flag here on the Independence Day.
Formerly known as Quila-e-Mubarak or the Blessed Fort, the Red Fort lies along the banks of the river Yamuna, whose waters fed the moats surrounding the fort. It was a part of the medieval city of Shahjahanabad, popularly known today as 'Old Delhi'. The entire fort complex is said to represent the architectural creativity and brilliance of Mughal architecture. With so much history and heritage associated with it, the Red Fort is one of the most popular monuments in India and a major tourist attraction in Delhi. It became a UNESCO world heritage site in 2007. The Archaeological Survey of India is at present responsible for the security and preservation of this magnificent monument.
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6 months ago by Soumita Ghosh
With only Rs.35 (for Indian citizens), or $10 for foreigners, you can visit this tourist attraction well known for its combination of Persian and Mughal architecture, beauty, and historical significance. Avoid wearing heels or boots. Choose comfort over fashion, slip in your flip-flops and set out for the long walking distances to thoroughly explore the monument. You can also take a break from the walking and rest at the gardens. To beat the heat, wear hats or caps. Stay hydrated. There are several food joints around the area and street food is also available. Since this place is crowded almost throughout the day, keep your belongings safe. Do not miss the beautiful light and sound show, which is held every evening.
6 months ago by Nehad Zein
The Red Fort is vast but its also beautiful. The market at the entrance is magical selling everything from antiques to Persian rugs. The fort does tend to get very hot and any air-conditioning you may experience is purely natural. But even then, the Red Fort is majestic, imposing, and quite astounding. The light and sound shows held every evening are a must watch. The monument requires long walking to truly enjoy it. However, if you have a lot of time in hand, I'd recommend spending atleast half a day exploring all the places within the Red Fort.
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