The largest of old Delhi’s monuments is the Lal Quila, or the Red Fort, thick red sandstone walls bursting with turrets and bastions that withstood the tribulations and vagaries of time and nature. The Lal Quila rises above a wide dry moat, in the northeast corner of the original city of Shahjahanabad and has stood there since 1648. The fort housed the vital centre of Mughal government. Until today, the Lal Quila is an eloquent reminder of the glory of the Mughal era, and its magnificence simply leaves one awestruck. It is still a calm haven of peace, which helps one to break away from the frantic pace of life outside the walls of the Fort, and transports the visitor to another realm of existence.
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