Another one of Shah Jahan's architectural masterpieces in the area is the Red Fort (Lal Qila). "If there is paradise on the face of this earth, it is this, it is this." The emperor had these words inscribed on the white marble pavilion, Diwan E-Khas, of the Red Fort. Though this ornately decorated hall, which was meant for a private audience, is one of the more celebrated areas in the fort, having housed the famed Peacock Throne till Nadir Shah plundered it in 1739; it is the magnificent palace, the Red Fort itself, which is absolutely breathtaking. It is made of red sandstone, from which it derives its name.
The palace is inextricably linked with some of the most country's most important historic events. It has witnessed the end of Mughal rule, freedom from colonial rule and Nehru's announcement of India's freedom from the British yoke and his raising the Indian tricolor from its ramparts in 1947. One of the key attractions, other than its fascinating interiors comprising a vaulted arcade, the Moti Masjid, Royal Baths and more, is a Sound and Light show held every evening, which recreates the history of this magnificent citadel.