Mughal Home

Red Fort
Red Fort

Encouraged by castle queen Millie, and for the promise done to the wisest hermitage Beth a trip was made to the Red Fort in Delhi when the temperature was 40+ degree Celsius (104+ in Fahrenheit scale). Though I was already bathed in sweat even before reaching the fort, but I have to admit, the above sight was refreshing!

Before entering the premises let us talk about the history and see if something interesting could be found. This time, naming was not as lame as it seems (refer this post on Old Fort). Originally known as Quila-e-mubaarak (Blessed Fort), it was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, who is known for huge, beautiful and pointless structures like Taj Mahal (wonder of the world), Two red forts (in neighbouring cities) and Jama Masjid (biggest mosque). He was probably the Steve Jobs of that era. Making things that cannot be touched by ordinary people, are absolutely useless but are the benchmarks of “class”.

The construction began in 1638, when the capital was shifted from Agra to Delhi by Shah Jahan. (His grandfather and father of so many jokes, Akbar shifted from Delhi to Agra as he found his previous home, the Old Fort, unlucky! Little did he know that his wannabe real estate agent grandson will build a new ‘lucky’ fort in the years to come). Shah Jahan appointed the same architect who designed the Taj Mahal in the memory of the emperor’s first love and third wife, Mumtaz Mahal with whom he had 14 of his 16 children! So much inspiration to keep looking for true love, no matter for how long.

The home to the Mughals for nearly 200 years (till 1857), the largest monument in Delhi looks as mighty as ever. The circular podium built in the middle is the place where the Prime Minister delivers his address to the nation every year on Independence Day.
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Here is a closer look to the podium, along with the soldier doing probably the most boring job in the world, in a weather which is proving to be the ISIS of south est Asia.

Keeping an eye
Army guarding the fort, doves guarding the tricolor

Now it’s time to enter the fort through Lahori Darwaza (Lahore Gate). This was named so because of its orientation towards the city of Lahore (now in Pakistan). The beauty of this magnificent main entrance to the fort was spoiled during Aurangzeb’s (Shah Jahan’s son) reign by the addition of bastions. Shah Jahan, who was in a jail at that time (Aurangzeb found old-age homes too mainstream for his beloved parents) wrote a letter to his son and described this as “a veil drawn across the face of a beautiful woman”. That man lost all his prized constructions, was jailed (and later killed) by his own son, and he was thinking about beautiful women. He was so desperate to take romance and idiocy to new heights! I wonder what would have been Aurangzeb’s reaction after (if) he had read the letter : “Pops! Your heart is as big as your testosterone levels. But you are about to die. It’s high time you get a life!”
On a completely unrelated note, Shah Jahan became the emperor on February 14 😛

Lahore Gate - 1
Lahore Gate – 1
Lahore Gate - 2
Lahore Gate – 2

Here we enter it and have a look at the high flying tricolor. Gives me goosebumps. Every single time!
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Though it was built according to Islamic prototypes, but Shah Jahan, one of the few secular rulers which India has been blessed with until today (pun intended) has his unique style of architecture that reflected the fusion of Timurid, Persian and Hindu traditions.

If you haven’t been here before, you’d be surprised to know, that the fort begins with a shopping mall! You can buy the stuff from all parts of India at the rates hearing which you’d feel, “It will certainly cost me less if I make it rather than buy it”. Here are a few glimpses of the shops inside:

Jewellery and other decorative items
Jewellery and other decorative items
Handicrafts from Rajasthan
Handicrafts from Rajasthan
Beautiful pieces from Kashmir
Beautiful pieces from Kashmir

Upon crossing the small market, this is the view of Diwan-e-aam (Public audience hall) that welcomes you. This was used for state functions when the emperor found time for those from his wives and children.

Diwan-e-aam (Public Audience Hall)
Diwan-e-aam (Public Audience Hall)
Diwan-e-aam : closeup
Diwan-e-aam : closeup

Here was kept the throne that was used by the emperor. It is also worth noting that the Red Fort was the house to famous “Peacock Throne” and the Kohinoor Diamond (the world’s largest diamond) that were stolen by Nadir Shah who came from Persia to engage in a devastating battle with Mughals. The Kohinoor now resides in London and the Peacock Throne was lost. LOST? Was it an eraser or a pen? How can the most valuable throne be lost by such a fierce ruler! I won’t be surprised if it gets available on Ebay some day. Have a look at the other throne now. Can somebody please tell me how did the emperors took their lazy bums up there? It is at least 10 feet above ground. And the old-fashioned skirts that were worn by the rulers, jumping or climbing was not a good idea at all. Or probably some of history’s first wardrobe malfunctions happened here. Can you imagine this tagline for those spam links that float on Facebook : “OMG OMG! HOT UNSEEN PICS OF SHAH JAHAN” !

Emperor's throne
Emperor’s throne

It’s time to visit the personal palace of the egoistic kings now! This is the widest view I could manage by my phone camera. The palace consists of 3 parts surrounded by all types of scenic beauties.

Khas Mahal (Emperor's Palace)
Khas Mahal (Emperor’s Palace)

Finally some more images that were took while roaming around these massive structures. Hope you enjoyed the journey without stinking with sweat. Apologies for not visiting your posts lately. Had a very busy week but will try my best to get back here as soon as possible. 🙂

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36 thoughts on “Mughal Home

  1. izza ifzaal July 5, 2015 / 11:11 am

    Prateek you need to keep in visiting the Mughal homes! But only if the temperature cools down a bit. .Such a great fort it was!! Enthralling blog! ! Keep these blog posts coming please I have a penchant for Mughal history! !

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    • Prateek Kohli July 8, 2015 / 9:39 am

      Haha! That is what we call an inspiration! Let Sunday come 😉
      Also, thank you so much! Hope you and the phones around you are doing fine. 😉

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      • izza ifzaal July 8, 2015 / 3:36 pm

        Hahhaa bas horaha ha guzara 😀

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  2. maryam191 July 5, 2015 / 11:43 am

    Thanks for this set of posts on monuments. I revere history 🙂
    Are you on an off from work? When did you visit these places? Anyway, perfect documentation !

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    • Prateek Kohli July 8, 2015 / 9:40 am

      Thanks to you for stopping by and the kind words 🙂
      And these places are just a few kilometers away from my home. I visit one of them every Saturday 😀

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  3. Randstein July 5, 2015 / 1:34 pm

    I love history and the architecture of history. I felt like we were walking together through the fort as you explained the features. I hope to enjoy much more of your engaging writing, Prateek.

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    • Prateek Kohli July 30, 2015 / 8:31 am

      Thank you so much for stopping by and the lovely comment. I am really sorry for such a delay in replying back, but I hope to see you here again 🙂
      Have a wonderful day ahead 🙂

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      • Randstein July 30, 2015 / 1:26 pm

        Thank you Prateek. I enjoyed the tour very much and look forward to more.

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  4. Soumya Mishra July 5, 2015 / 2:15 pm

    Please keep visiting these monuments and keep posting such entertaining posts for us to read! Totally loved it! 🙂

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  5. AdiC July 5, 2015 / 3:37 pm

    You’re hired as my tour guide 😉 I’ll let you know when my Delhi tour commences 😉

    Wardrobe malfunctions, Peacock throne (Forget ebay. Try to locate it for Snapdeal!), too mainstream for old age homes ~ I’ll keep laughing for a while!!

    I absolutely love your sense of humour! Like I keep saying almost always. 🙂

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  6. Beth July 5, 2015 / 7:47 pm

    What a wonderful surprise to see this, Prateek! It’s more than I could ever have hoped for to learn about the Red Fort and because your writing style is fun, I learned much more than I would have from other sources. You really tied alot in together in one article. I’m so grateful to you for having done this and also for having endured that heat to do so!!

    On the subject of true love, I was in my later 20’s when I found Tom. I knew because he was the most comfortable person I’d ever been around and he felt very familiar on a deep level. It hasn’t been easy, but we’re still “besties” 30+ years later.

    I’m so glad you’re back home and am hoping your new job is going well! I’m heading for Spain soon to walk one of the Camino Santiago de Compostelas (not for religious reasons, but for the experience of it), and so am scrambling to get things arranged, but will check in to see how things are going.

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  7. milliethom July 5, 2015 / 10:05 pm

    Prateek, I love this post. Your photography is excellent and your sense of humour is a treat. It’s also great for me to be reading about the Mughals again. I studied so much about them when I was teaching, and my classes found the subject fascinating. The Red Fort is an awesome structure, and I do like the red sandstone.It looks so wonderful in your hot sunshine (even if you’re wilting in the heat). Poor old Shah Jahan, eh? Such a romantic! And to be killed by his own son. Mind you, he isn’t the only ruler in history to die at the hands of a son, or other family member. I also see what you mean about the height of the Peacock throne. Perhaps there were once some steps or something. Beautiful architechture everywhere, and so well preserved. And to top it all, visitors can do their shopping while they’re there! How clever is rhat! Brilliant post, Prateek, with lots of wonderful detail and told in your own unique and fun way. A great read. 🙂

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  8. Beparvah !! July 6, 2015 / 2:43 am

    Nice to flip through the pictures and the narratives along with it…
    Thanks for sharing old delhi into this new frame

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  9. shambhavi31 July 6, 2015 / 9:58 am

    Prateek! History in it’s best attire! 🙂 This is amazing. You have written it so well, haha 😀 It’s so damn hilarious, Peacock throne was lost and it’s justified comparison to mere eraser. Too good. 😀 Aurangzeb and his son’s convo, (if they existed now) would have been spectacular. So refreshing to read history in a new light. Gotta ask you, I got a poem on history, will it offend the Britishers? It was the past but I dunno if it’s alright to share something related to our freedom fight. Do letme know. You know, as soon as I came on wordpress today, I went directly to my notification panel to read your reply and then next click, *woosh* I found myself on The Uncertainty Principle 😀

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    • Prateek Kohli July 30, 2015 / 8:43 am

      Hello, doctor! How are you? Long time ! 😀
      I am too ashamed to discuss this post after 24 days of your comment. So I will start by asking for apology. I am sorry for neglecting the uncertainty principle during the last few days. 😀
      I have already opened the Ultimate Solace to check so many unchecked posts and will see if you have already posted the poem you talked about here and then will give the advice 😛
      And please keep coming back, I will try to be more regular from now 😀

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      • shambhavi31 July 30, 2015 / 8:59 am

        Hey there! Welcome back! It’s alright. Even I was absconding for a while, so no worries. Don’t be ashamed. Lol 😀
        Great to see you back. And ofcourse I keep visiting The Uncertainty Principle, you neednot say that. 😛 I still gotta post my poem. Will put it up tonight. 🙂 I had written that during my college days. Very old poem, but I guess history is something to cherish and learn from. 🙂

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      • Prateek Kohli July 30, 2015 / 9:22 am

        And I feel awesome ! Will try to be the first one to read that ! You go girl, don’t worry about who get offended 😉

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  10. Prajakta July 7, 2015 / 8:21 am

    I have been to Delhi a couple of times and only spotted the Red Fort from a distance. Thanks for an engaging and fun trip 🙂

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  11. isra7726 July 7, 2015 / 10:13 am

    Prateek, you are excellent at this.. Your other blogs are great too, but your take on history is simply outstanding. Please do it more often..
    Had so many LOL moments through the read. Steve jobs :D, Peacock throne & not eraser to be lost :D, wardrobe malfunction :D, shopping malls 😀 I could go on…
    Looking forward to your next one already. 🙂

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  12. InkMode July 7, 2015 / 2:51 pm

    I visited Delhi couple of times before. Due to whatever reason it has never been a good experience for me. But your post did change my perspective to some extend and I think it can not always be bad. I, may plan an another visit soon, hoping for some better this time. 🙂
    Also, I appreciate your efforts in visit to places personally and bringing the touch of liveliness in each of them.
    Kudos ! 🙂
    Would surely like to know more about your you and your sense of creativity.

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  13. Himali Shah July 16, 2015 / 4:15 am

    Wow Prateek, such lovely pictures.. Travel blog is your specialty. You transport your readers along with u ! 🙂

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    • Prateek Kohli August 28, 2015 / 6:31 pm

      Hi Himali! Thank you so much.. Hope you still remember this 😀

      Like

  14. Hargun Wahi July 18, 2015 / 1:32 pm

    Great read. Loved the funny punches!
    The architecture is absolutely amazing however ‘useless & pointless’ the structures may seem in extreme Delhi afternoons. 😉
    And great to see how well you are doing with your blog. 🙂

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  15. bchandak July 20, 2015 / 11:52 am

    OMG! you write so well. This is the second post I have read of yours and I’m totally in love with the way you write. I am definate that no child will ever forget History if it were taught like this in schools! 😉 Amazing piece. And keep posing history mixed with small pouches humour! Great work. 🙂

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  16. Cynthia July 24, 2015 / 3:36 pm

    Seriously , You should have been my History teacher !
    “Or probably some of history’s first wardrobe malfunctions happened here. Can you imagine this tagline for those spam links that float on Facebook : “OMG OMG! HOT UNSEEN PICS OF SHAH JAHAN” ! ” This made laugh really loud 😛 😀
    I loved reading this . Do keep writing more of such stuff 🙂
    Again so glad I am following this blog , totally worth it 🙂

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  17. scottishmomus July 31, 2015 / 11:13 pm

    So entertaining, Prateek! Your humour throughout a hoot while still being informative.

    Like

  18. Lynz Real Cooking August 26, 2015 / 1:28 pm

    The pictures are really exciting and interesting! Very nice information but also very fun to read!

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