Sunday, December 2, 2007

Seeing Red in New Delhi

There seems to be many red forts in India. Of course, the first I saw was Agra Fort in Agra and then, came many more red buildings both in Fatepur Sikri and Jaipur. If I remember right there is another one in New Delhi too. One afternoon, we just took a taxi and walked into a park and there were so many fabulous red buildings there. It must be the the palace for the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan! The Red Fort as the complex was called, had massive red sandstones for walls. Construction of the fort was said to have begun in 1638 and was completed by 1648 but it is also believed that this was the Ancient City of Lal Kot ,the capital city of Prithviraj Chauhan in the late 12th century. Lal Kot had been captured by Shah Jahan and literally, it means Red(Lal) Fort(Kot). Later in history, that was after the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857, the Fort was used as a headquarters for the British army and during this time, about four-fifths of its pavilions and gardens were destroyed. What we walked into however, was still awespiring...

Seeing Red...







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