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DELHI-IV( IMAGES FROM DELHI - FOURTH IN A SERIES OF 5 IMAGES).

This is front side view of the Red Fort in Old Delhi and what is visible is known as Lahore Gate as it faces Lahore,the erstwhile Mughal City(Now in Pakistan).

Some tidbits about Red Fort.

The Red Fort or Lal Qila is a 17th century fort complex constructed by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan inside the walled city of Old Delhi and it served as the residence of the Mughal Emperors. The Red sandstone walls of the massive Red has a height of 33-m with respect to its surrounding.The walls, built in 1638, were designed to keep out invaders, now they mainly keep out the noise and confusion of the Old City of Delhi.
The main gate, Lahore Gate, is one of the emotional and symbolic focal points of the modern Indian nation and attracts a major crowd on each Independence Day.The vaulted arcade of Chatta Chowk, a bazaar selling tourist trinkets, leads into the huge fort compound. Inside is a veritable treasure trove of buildings, including the Drum House, the Hall of Public Audiences, the white marble Hall of Private Audiences, the Pearl Mosque, Royal Baths and Palace of Color.
The fort was the palace for Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan's new capital, Shahjahanabad, the seventh city in the Delhi site. He moved his capital here from Agra in a move designed to bring prestige to his reign, and to provide ample opportunity to apply his ambitious building schemes and interests. It served as the capital of the Mughals until 1857, when Mughal Emperor , Bahadur Shah Zafar was exiled by the British Indian government.

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