ℕ𝕖𝕩𝕥 𝕤𝕥𝕠𝕡: 𝕥𝕙𝕖 ℝ𝕖𝕕 𝔽𝕠𝕣𝕥, 𝔻𝕖𝕝𝕙𝕚
When we found out that there's a Hop on-hop off service, we thought we might as well use that to explore the city, especially since it's so widespread.
First stop: the Red Fort, a historic site in Old Delhi that served as the main residence of the Mughal emperors.
🧱 Emperor Shah Jahan commissioned constructing the Fort in 1638, after deciding to shift his capital from Agra to Delhi.
Unfortunately for him, he could only enjoy the place for a short while: first the construction took 9 years and then, in 1658 his son imprisoned the emperor in their fort in Agra (where Shah Jahan died 8 years later).
🧱 The Lal Qila or Red Fort owes its name to the red sandstone (coming from Agra), from which it was built.
The painting - originally red and white - sprung from the mind of architect Ustad Ahmad Lahori, who also constructed the Taj Mahal.
🧱 The construction of the fortress shows the impressive building skills and Mughal architecture back in the days.
The huge property (900 x 500 meters) is surrounded by a 2,4 km. long and in some places up to 30 meters high wall.
And with all the palaces, bazaars and mosques inside, the fort equals a complete city within the city of Delhi.
🧱 The Indian War Memorial Museum inside the fort gives you a lot of information and a good impression of the struggle for freedom of the nation over the centuries.
The bus tour we took ended up little successful: because of the immense size of the fort, you need at least a few hours to explore.
But when you consider going to Delhi, we still recommend you to do the hop on-hop off: with the two day ticket you can really make it your money worth (seeing at least 4 or 5 other highlights). Or go cycling! If it's a bit less cold.. ❄
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