Delhi Monuments


Red Fort (Lal Quila)
Also known as the Lal Quila, the impressive Red Fort stands on the banks of the river Yamuna in Old Delhi. Built by the great Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan when he shifted his capital from Agra to Delhi, the Fort was completed nine years later - in 1648 A.D. This enormous red sandstone fort is surrounded by a wall, the perimeter of which is 2.4 kilometers. It has two main entrances, the Delhi Gate and the Lahori Gate which faces the famed Chandni Chowk market. It is from the ramparts of this massive fort that the Prime Minister of India addresses the nation on the occasion of Independence Day on the 15th of August every year.

 

Jama Masjid
From the Red Fort to the Jama Masjid, a short distance away, is but a natural progression for the visitor to India. Located in the midst of all the color and chaos of Chandni Chowk, this imposing monument is considered to be the last in a line of monuments which constitute Shah Jahan’s splendid architectural legacy. It was originally known as Masjid-I-Jahanum, which means “The mosque commanding a view of the world”. It offers a bird’s eye view of the city of Delhi from the top of its 40m high minarets.

 

 

 


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