● Lal QilaSituated in Old Delhi, Lal Qila or Delhi’s Red Fort is the pride of the Mughal empire and their history. Constructed using red sandstones, Lal Qila consists of the blend of European, Persian and Indian styles of architecture. The fort was built by Shahjahan in 1648 and was designed by the architect Ustad Ahmad Lahauri. Every year on the occasion of Independence day, India’s honourable Prime Minister hoists the National Flag of India and delivers a speech from Lal Qila only.The gigantic fort is divided into different pavilions and sections, every one of which was used for a dedicated purpose. Your visit proves to be incomplete without attending the impressive music and sound show which mostly describes the Mughal Empire and its Royal history. This UNESCO’s World Heritage site is aligned to the Yamuna river and was not just important to Mughal Empire but it also has significance to Indian history.
When I joined Delhi University in 2015, I was excited to explore Delhi. But I took to heart my friend's description of Red Fort as a boring place and kicked it out of my list. Every time I visited the Paranthe wali gali or climbed the minarets of Jama Masjid, I would notice the seemingly boring red building spread far beyond my range of vision and I would quickly dismiss the idea of an impromptu visit because 'my time is too precious'.