The Red Fort is a well-planned fort and an irregular octagon. Red sandstone and marble were the main raw materials used in its construction; needless to mention, the fort derived its name from the red colour. Constructed on 256 acres, the magnificent fort has two gates – the Lahori Gate and the Delhi Gate. Qila-e-Mubarak (the blessed fort), as the fort was originally named, is surrounded by an impressively high wall, about 33 mt tall! Aisles, arches, alcoves, beautiful panels of pietra dura work, colourful interiors, vaulted chambers, highly-ornamented pillared halls, and ivory fountain – the Red Fort showcases an amazing plethora of art and craftsmanship. The famous Peacock Throne (along with the globally renowned Koh-i-Noor diamond), which was taken away by the Persian invader Nadir Shah, was housed in the Diwan-i-Khaas (the hall where the emperor held his private audience). The fort compound comprises Naubat Khana, Diwan-i-Am, Rang Mahal, Nahr-i-Bihisht, Mumtaz Mahal, Diwan-i-Khaas, Tasbih Khaana, Khwabgah, Hammam, Moti Masjid, Hayat Bakhsh Bagh, and Zafar Mahal. The Indian War Memorial Museum occupies the upper storey of the Naubat Khana presently.
Archaeological Museum, Archaeological Survey of India, Red Fort, Delhi 110006
Monsoon : Maximum: 35°C, Minimum: 30°C
Summer : Maximum: 48°C, Minimum: 25°C
Winter : Maximum: 22°C, Minimum: 06°C
Recommended Season to Visit : Winters (October to March)
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