Old Delhi (Shahjahanabad)

This step-well within the Red Fort is believed to date to the Tughlaq period, and is thus much older than the other fort buildings. It has a haunting quality, especially when you consider that the British converted the chambers into prison cells for freedom fighters. At the time of research, visitors could only look into the well from outside.

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3. Shahi Burj

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4. Red Fort

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7. Naubat Khana

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