• Red Fort (Lal Qila)

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    The Red Fort is a fortress built in red sandstone between 1638 and 1648 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan  (the same Mughal emperor that built the famous Taj Mahal) and was after used as the head quarters by the British army. The walls extend for 2 km and vary in height depending on its orientation: towards the holy Yamuna river or towards the city. The main gate (Lahore Gate) is now the Indian police check point. Women on one side, men on the other. You go through a metal detector, they check your bag… Et voila!!! Our Swiss knife passed the control unnoticed. High security!!! You enter the fort through here and immediately access to a courtyard (Chatta Chowk) full of souvenir shops which used to sell fancy goods to the palace inhabitants such as gold, silk or jewellery. Few steps further there is a huge area consisting in well maintained gardens and monumental buildings, including the royal baths (hammam), the emperors private palace, a private little mosque made of white marble and the halls of private and public audiences.

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    It has an amazing architecture with very fine details, the restaurant’s food is tasty and cheap and the palace gardens are a good place to relax and play with the squirrels. Notice that while Indian citizens pay 10 rupees, foreigners pay 10 times more for the entrance ticket, which may be not much for our pocket but sounds funny.

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