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The Red Fort of Delhi

Delhi's Red Fort was built in 1639 by the fifth Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. It has national importance to this day, and annually on India's Independence Day the Prime Minister raises the national flag (over the Lahore Gate, above), and speaks to the nation. 






Inside the main gate is a covered bazaar, or Chhatta Chowk. This allowed traders to present their silks and jewelry to the imperial household (or, nowadays, trinkets to tourists) 


The other end of the Lahore Gate 


Red Fort - Diwan-i-Aam

The Diwan-i-Aam, or Hall of Audience, is where the emperor received members of the public, and heard their grievances. 








Red Fort - Diwan-i-Khas

This is the Diwan-i-Khas, or private audiance hall. I'm not sure that the staircase is original. 


Built of white marble, the hall originally featured decorations in silver and precious stones (all since pinched) 




Red Fort - Hayat Bakhsh Bagh

The Hayat Bakhsh Bagh or "Life-Bestowing Garden" gave a pleasant open space for the imperial household, when it was unwise to verture outside the fort. There are a number of pavillions in the garden, and in the backround are barracks built by the British. 






Jama Masjid

The Delhi Jama Masjid is India's largest mosque, built in 1644 - 1656. 




Don't forget to take your shoes off before entering... 


... and women need to wear appropriate robes 




















Sheesh Ganj Gurudwara (Gurdwara Sri Guru Sis Ganj Sahib)

This temple complex was built in 1783 on the site of the beheading of the ninth Sikh Guru. While photography is not allowed in the rooms of worship, the Sikh community provides meals for the poor (and a cup of chai for the inquisitive tourist) 










Morning Train To Agra

The following morning we're off to Agra. The train was clean, on time, and you were served a light breakfast on the train by cheerful staff (just like the British railway...) 




Not all passengers carried luggage 





On to The Red Fort of Agra and The Palace of Fatehpur Sikri

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Dr Neil Miller 2018