Old Delhi (Shahjahanabad)

Across a bridge from the Red Fort, but part of the same complex, this fort was established by Salim Shah Suri in 1546, so predates its grander neighbour. Salimgarh was later used as a prison, first by Aurangzeb and later by the British; you can visit the ruined mosque and a small prison building.

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Nearby Old Delhi (Shahjahanabad) attractions

1. Baoli

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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…

2. Shahi Burj

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The Shahi Burj, in the Red Fort, is a three-storey octagonal tower that was Shah Jahan's favoured workplace. From here he planned the running of his…

3. Moti Masjid

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This small white mosque in the Red Fort was built by Aurangzeb as his private place of worship. The outer walls align with the fort walls, while the inner…

4. Royal Baths

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Closed to the public, the royal hammam in the Red Fort once contained a sauna and hot baths for the royal family.

6. Diwan-i-Khas

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This Hall of Private Audiences in the Red Fort was used for bowing and scraping to the emperor. Above the corner arches to the north and south is…

7. Khas Mahal

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South of the public area of the Diwan-i-Khas in the Red Fort is the Khas Mahal, where the emperor lived and slept, shielded from prying eyes by lace-like…

8. Red Fort

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Founded by Emperor Shah Jahan and surrounded by a magnificent 18m-high wall, this fort took 10 years to construct (1638–48) and is rumoured to have had…