Delhi – known to be the Mughal’s favourite city has served as the capital of many rule and several forts were built over a period of time. These ruler has left their imprint on the city in the form of monuments and forts – of which some stand strong and defiant while some are in ruins. However, the forts of New Delhi boast the splendid and marvellous architect standing as a symbol of the country’s historical and cultural heritage.
The blessed fort, popularly known as the Red Fort or Lal Qila showcases the ingenuity of Mughals and their love for creating masterpieces in stone. Founded by Emperor Shah Jahan, the Red Fort is situated on the embankment of river Yamuna.
The Red Fort is open every day except for Mondays from 09:30 am to 04:30 pm.
Lal Qila stands proudly displaying its architectural brilliance and every year on Independence Day the Prime Minister of India addresses the nation.
One of the oldest forts in Delhi built by Emperor Sher Shah Suri is spread over about 2 km and is believed to be constructed over 5000 years ago in the iconic city of Indraprastha by the Pandavs. Today the fort is in ruins but the ramparts and the gateways still remain intact and defiant with its peaceful garden studded with well-preserved ancient red-stone monuments.
Located on the Qutab-Badarpur Road, the fort was built by Ghiyas-ud-Din Tughlaq, the founder of the Tughlaq dynasty. Old legend stands about the fort – ‘ya rahey hissar, ya bassey gujjar’ –said by one of the discontented labourers of the fort as a curse which means that ‘let the fort be unoccupied or may be home to herdsmen’. The curse actually became the reality and the fort remained in gloom.