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City List – Surviving Landmarks, Red Fort

Remains of the past.

[Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi]

Never judge a fort by its ramparts. The only grand part of the Mughal-era Red Fort palace complex is its outer wall. Inside, the old buildings look ruined. In fact, their survival is a miracle. After crushing the mutiny in 1857, the British had destroyed 80 percent of the fort’s buildings. (The Delhi Walla wrote here on the monument.)

Red Fort still has more than 20 edifices, however. They must last.

1. Delhi Gate

2. Lahore Gate

3. Chatta Chowk Bazaar

4. Naqqar Khana

5. Jilau Khana

6. Diwan-i-Am

7. Asad Burj

8. Mumtaz Mahal

9. Darya Mahal

10. Kwaspura

11. Rang Mahal

12. Musamman Burjh

13. Khas Mahal

14. Diwan-i-Khas

15. Hammams

16. Moti Masjid

17. Moti Mahal

18. Shah Burj

19. Common Houses

20. Zafar’s Pvailion

21. Princes’ Quarters

22. Sawan Pavalion

23. Bhadon Pavalion

Source: The Red Fort, Delhi; by Louise Nicholson