Unraveling Mughal History at the Red Fort

View from the Entrance

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The history of the city of Delhi is more than 3,000 years old. It is a city of 7 cities. But this tour is about the 8th city, or as Shahjahan himself used to call it – the city within a city – the Red Fort. This heritage walk will take you to the most majestic monument of Delhi and we will try to unravel the unknown historical stories behind the beauty that is the Red Fort.

This fort has seen the Mughal dynasty rise to power and burn down to ashes. It is a grand complex of numerous buildings and each of them has a story to tell.

We gather at the main entrance of the fort at 9 am. The walk begins from the Lahori Gate. The first view after entrance is the little royal bazaar called Chhatta Chowk. It has around 15-20 little shops selling souvenirs, toys, bags, jewellery etc.

Lahori Gate
The Lahori Gate

After passing through the bazaar, we will walk to Naubat Khana (‘Drum-house’) and the Indian War Memorial Museum located on its first floor. We will further walk to the Diwan-i-Aam (Hall of Public Audience) and Diwan-i-Khaas. Going ahead we will find Rang-Mahal, Nahr-i-Bihisht (‘Stream of Paradise’) and Mumtaz-Mahal, which now houses the Delhi Fort Museum.

Naubat Khana
Naubat Khana
Diwan-i-khas
Diwan-i-khas
Mumtaz Mahal
Mumtaz Mahal

Beyond Diwan-i-Khaas we will explore the area which used to be the royal residential complex consisting of Tasbih-Khana (‘chamber for counting beads for private prayers’), the Khwabgah (‘sleeping-chamber’), Hammam (‘Bath’) and Hayat-Bakhsh-Bagh (‘Life-giving garden’), Shahi Burj (emperor’s study area), Saawan and Bhadon pavilions Zafar Mahal and Moti Masjid which was constructed on the orders of Aurangzeb as his private mosque in 1659.

Lattice Works
Peeking through the Marble Lattice Works

 

Moti Masjid
Moti Masjid
Hammam
Hammam

At the north of Hayat-Bakhsh-Bagh and Shahi Burj, we take a look at the Princes’ quarter which was destroyed by the Britishers and a part of it was converted into tea house for the British soldiers.

We will also talk about the British barracks that can be spotted throughout the walk in the complex and why their Victorian architecture is in sharp contrast to the Indo-Mughal architecture of the original red fort complex.

The walk ends at the main exit of the fort.

Zafar Mahal and British Barracks
Zafar Mahal with British Barracks in the Background

Join us in our upcoming heritage walk to the Red Fort to walk back in time. For more information about the schedule and bookings, click here.

Know more about the Red Fort here.