Khas Mahal

Historic Building in Old Delhi (Shahjahanabad)

In the Red Fort, south of the public area of the palace is the Khas Mahal, where the emperor lived and slept, shielded from prying eyes by lace-like carved marble screens. A cooling channel of water, the nahr-i-bihisht (river of paradise), once flowed through the apartments to the adjacent Rang Mahal, home to the emperor’s chief wife. The exterior of the palace was once lavishly painted; inside is an elegant lotus-shaped fountain.