It was a Sunday afternoon and Red Fort was crowded with locals and tourists. We had parked our car near the Delhi Gate and had walked along the huge red walls towards the Lahori Gate .From the “ladies only” ticket counter my wife got the entry tickets in a jiffy and we entered an excessively long queue. Everyone was being hurried inside so it did not take us long to enter this fort of Shahjahanabad, the seventh city of Delhi.
The Naubat Khaana is the first one which you come across. This was the drum house .The drummers would announce the entry of the emperor from here. At some specific times in the day music was also played. Time has weathered this building down and the subsequent invaders have destroyed the charm but you only have to go through the information on the board to imagine how magnificent this structure would have been in its original form. When you step inside you can see the remnants of beautiful paintings on its walls and roof. This three storey building also has a museum which showcases an arsenal of weapons and artillery used in different periods .Each one of them barring the shells and the artillery seemed a piece of art in itself .We wanted to capture them but due to the no photography signs we refrained. It was however sad to see that we had little company. Everyone kept flashing their smart phones and quite blatantly ignored the instructions. Perhaps this is the reason why we keep complaining of a lack of order in our society. We moved on with a wry smile to the next building which stood beyond a huge lawn .It was the Diwaan-E-Aam.