Dazzling Divine Delhi series…

Hey! Wanderers…
Let’s continue our dil walo ki dilli exploration! In our last post we talked about the history of one of the most important heritage of Delhi “The Red Fort”. Now, we will proceed to the most important section that is….

HOW TO REACH RED FORT 

Nearest Metro Stations to the Red Fort

  1. Chandni Chowk Metro Station-1.5 Kilometres from the Red fort
  • Yellow line

2.Rama Krishna Ashram Marg Metro Station

  • 5 Kilometers from The Red Fort
  • Blue line

3.Welcome Metro Station

  •  6.5 Kilometers from The Red Fort
  • Red line

4.GTB Nagar Metro Station

  • 7.8.Kilometres from The Redfort
  • Yellow line

5.Kirti Nagar Metro Station

  • 11.1 Kilometers from The Red Fort
  •  Blue Line

6.Vaishali Metro Station

  •  14.2 Kilometers from The Red Fort
  • Blue line

So, peeps! As you can figure out  from the the nearest metro station to the Red Fort is the Chandani Chowk Metro Station. It is about 1.5 km away from the Red Fort, so just a walking distance of about 20 minutes. The other metro stations are located far from the Red Fort. There’s the Rama Krishna Ashram Marg Metro Station, which is about 5 kilometers away from the Red Fort. It can take you an hour or so just to reach the attraction by walking from this station. These two metro stations are your only best choices, the other metro stations are located far from this monument and would require a taxi ride to reach there. The former two can either be walked or you can ride an auto rickshaw from them to the Red Fort.

CHANDNI CHOWK METRO DIRECTION AND FARE

If you’re coming from New Delhi, fare is minimal, INR 10 only and it takes 5 min. to reach Red Fort.  If however, you’re coming from a different line, like the Blue Line of Anand Vihar, you just need to switch line at Rajiv Chowk into the Yellow Line. From there, ride a train going to the Chandni Chowk Metro Station. Fare would be around Rs. 18 and travel time would be around 30 minutes.

The Chandni Chowk Metro Station has different gates. Its two main gates are for the Old Delhi Railway Station and for the Chandni Chowk, of course. So you need to access the latter gate, also known as the Sis Ganj Gurudwara Gate or Favvara Gate, located on the way towards Chandni Chowk. From this gate, you can walk further to reach the Red Fort or take an auto rickshaw to take you there.

BUSES

Sightseeing bus tours are organized by the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) from Scindia House on all days. Among other places, these buses also take tourists to the Red Fort. The fare is approximately INR 200 for adults and INR 100 for children. You can also choose to take the Hop On Hop Off Services that offer various sightseeing packages. Package rates are between INR 300 and 500 depending on the route that you choose. Other bus routes / numbers that can take you to the Red Fort from the Delhi Railway Station are 409, 419, 425, 429, 436,446, 461 and 502. Bus numbers 951, 164,726 and 951 operate from the Pahargunj side of the Railway Station to the Red Fort.

CABS

Radio cabs that can be called in on phone are reliable and convenient.

TICKET RATES:

  • For Citizens of India and SAARC and BIMSTEC nations (Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Maldives, Afghanistan, Thailand and Myanmar) – INR 10

     

  • Visitors from other COUNTRIES – INR 250

     

  • Children below the age of 15 years – Free of cost

     

  • Video filming – INR 25

     

  • Sound and Light Show (Tuesday to Sunday) – INR 80 for adults INR 30 for children

So,this was the whole information about reaching the Red fort. We will discuss about some important tips which you must keep in mind while visiting this place. You can mail us your queries to our email id wanderwolves.in@gmail.com you can also contact us on our instagram page wanderwolves.in 😊We are always there to help you. If you think we miss any point do let us know, we’ll be happy to include it 😊

Stay blessed! Stay happy!! Keep wandering!!!

Dazzling Divine Delhi

Hello Wanderers,

Let’s kickstart our journey…Which place can be better than Delhi to start our venture right? After all it’s our beloved capital of India.Delhi is known to be the heart of India,and all those who have visited Delhi will second this.

  • Heritage
  • Culture
  • Cuisines
  • Shopping
  • Night life

Delhi is an amalgamation of all these and much much much more. So, let us take you to our own Dazzling Delhi series 😊

We have divided everything in parts so, that you people can get each an every information in detail without any hotchpotch.

Today’s post will be about the heritage of Delhi. History lovers get ready to relish😊

While talking about heritage and monuments of Delhi,the first thing which comes to mind is THE RED FORT! I am sure many of you must have visited this place(revive your memories by this post) and those of you who haven’t visited The Red Fort read it and then do visit 😊

The Red Fort (or Lal Quila) in Delhi is a World Heritage Site that has massive red sandstone walls that rise to a height of 33 meters. They are reminiscent of the power and control that the Mughal Empire had over India in the 16th century and 17th century. Originally called the Qila-i-Mubarak or the Blessed Fort, it was also intended to provide peace and quiet to the royal family. Within the walls of this fort lie  other famous landmarks and attractions.

  • Diwan-i-Aam – Also called the Hall of Public Audience, this was the place where the Mughal Emperors held public meetings to listen to the woes of the public. Nine arches and 27 square bays separated by columns were decorated with gilded stuccowork. The Mughal king sat on a throne in the marble balcony on the other side of a jharokha (window) beyond the gold railing. In the days of glory of the Mughal Empire, heavy gold curtains hung in columns on each side.

  • Naqqar Khaana or Naubat Khaana (Drum House) – This is the first building that you will come across as you enter the Red Fort. originally painted with gold, this building was used to play music in the Red Fort at least 5 times a day. The place was also called the Hathipol (Hathi – elephant) since those arriving at the Red Fort on an elephant were expected to dismount at this place.

  • Rang Mahal (Palace of Colors) – The Rang Mahal was the largest palace made for the Emperors wives. This palace, also called the Imtiaz Mahal is closest to the Khas Mahal, the Emperors abode. The smaller rooms on each side of the pavilion were collectively called the ‘Shish Mahal’ or the Palace of mirrors. The name was given to the palace due to the intricate mosaic of mirrors.

  • Nahr-i-Behisht – The Nahr-i-Behisht or ‘Stream of Paradise’ is the channel of water that flows through the various imperial apartments. These were built based on the description of paradise, as described in the Quaran (Holy book of the Muslims).
  • Khas Mahal (Special Palace) – The Khas Mahal was made up of three main parts – the Tasbih Khana, a place for telling beads; the Khwabgah or sleeping chambers; and the Tosh Khana, a sitting room. Below the Khas Mahal is a pavilion where animal fights were organized.
  • Muthamman Burj – The octagonal tower on the east side of the Khwabgah is called the Muthamman Burj. This tower has a balcony that projects out from the central side. This was the place from where the Emperor gave a glimpse of himself to his subjects each morning.Diwan-i-Khas – Also called the ‘hall of private audience’ the Diwan-i-Khas has a central chamber with arches on the sides. It is here that the famous Peacock Throne once stood. The throne was removed in 1723 by Nadir Shah. The Diwan-i-Khas was used to hold private meetings with special courtiers and high ranking officials of the court. Discussions about policies, taxes and other aspects of running an Empire were taken here.
  • Hammams – The Hammam of the bathing area of the palace lies on the North of the Diwan-i-Khas. It has three separate apartments, all of which are built in marble with inlaid floral patterns. Some of the rooms were used by the children but the eastern apartment that contains the fountain is said to have used rose water at all times. There was also a hot bath, the heating arrangement of which was hidden in the walls.
  • Moti Masjid (Pearl Mosque) – Moti Masjid or Pearl mosque is situated towards the west side of the Hammam. The outlines made for the musallas (prayer mats) were inlaid with black marble. This mosque was built by Aurungzeb between 1659 and 1660.
  • Hayat Bakhsh Bagh – North of the Moti Masjid lie the garden called the Hayat Bakhsh Bagh (life bestowing gardens). The entire garden is divided into squares with pathways dividing them. Various towers like the Shah-Burj (now without the Burj or dome) and the Asad Burj are spread over the gardens. There are also pavilions called the Savan pavilion and the Bhadon pavilion, based on the names of 2 months in the India calendar.
  • Lahore gate or Lahori Gate – This is the main gate that is used by tourists to enter the Red Fort today. It is also the location from where the Prime Minister of India addresses the nation every Independence Day on 15th August. Named thus, because it faces the city of Lahore, the barbican on the Lahore gate was built by Aurangzeb to prevent the enemy from entering the fort directly.
  • Chatta Chowk – Also called Meena Bazaar, the Chatta Chowk is a closed market place; something new and unique in those times when market places were always created open air. This marketplace was called the Bazaar-i-Musaqqaf. This is the marketplace that you will go through before you reach the Lahore Gate. During the Mughal reign, this market place was used to supply luxurious goods for the imperial household.

Amazed by our ancient architects isn’t it? Well, this is the essence of India! We tried to cover each and every part of Red fort for you at one place, so,that whenever you plan to visit here, you don’t miss a single corner. After all what are we here for?

You will get to read the mode of transportation, prices,hotels around red fort in our next post. So stay tuned and keep wandering!!!

WANDERWOLVES

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