Indian authorities are planning to put in place strict security measures at the Delhi Red Fort to ensure the success of the upcoming Independence Day celebrations in August.

According to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), the Red Fort will be closed to the public from 8 to 15 August. This is part of new strict security measures for the 72nd Indian Independence Day celebrations on 15 August.

The Red Fort is one of Delhi’s many UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Construction on it was completed in 1648. It served as one of the primary Mughal residences for almost 200 years. It is full of fascinating architecture and is a major tourist destination.

The Delhi Red Fort Will Be Closed Until Independence Day
Diwan-i-Am (Hall of Audience) at the Delhi Red Fort
Diwan-i-Am (Hall of Audience) at the Red Fort in New Delhi, India.

According to the Culture Ministry, “There will be no entry inside the Red Fort to the public from the morning of August 8, 2018, to August 15, 2018, till the Independence Day Celebration is over”.

The Delhi Red Fort is an iconic symbol of the Indian freedom struggle. It served as the focal point during the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857. Its then resident, the last Mughal Emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar, was set to be restored as ruler. But, when the rebellion failed, large sections of the Delhi Red Fort were destroyed by the British.

Independence Day celebrations have been held here since 1947. You can also read more about where to see the best Mughal Buildings.

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