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A Glimpse into History: Enriching Visit to the Red Fort with Itihaas

On the 28th of December 2023, students from The Khaitan School embarked on a fascinating journey through time as they explored the historic Red Fort, also known as the Palace City of Shahjahan. This unique opportunity was made possible by Itihaas, an organization dedicated to bringing history to life. The visit aimed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the Red Fort’s rich history and cultural significance.

The Red Fort: A Glimpse into the Past:

 

Constructed during the 17th century by Shah Jahan, the Red Fort, originally known as Quila-E-Mubarak, stands as a testament to the grandeur and opulence of the Mughal era. Situated in Shahajahanabad, the fort is made predominantly of red sandstone, reflecting the architectural prowess of its time.

Key Highlights of the Visit:

Gates of Shahajahanabad:

  • Students delved into the history of Shahajahanabad, exploring the fourteen gates, with a particular focus on the three gates of the Red Fort: Delhi Gate, Lahori Gate, and Kashmere Gate.

Architectural Features:

  • The Red Fort’s architectural marvels, including bastions, watchtowers, and a moat teeming with alligators, crocodiles, and piranhas, were highlighted during the visit, providing insights into the defensive features of the fort.

Chatta Chowk:

  • The students strolled through Chatta Chowk, a market designed exclusively for the emperor. This marketplace offered a glimpse into the luxurious lifestyle of Shah Jahan, where he could purchase items such as gemstones, falcons, and even snails.

Emperor Shah Jahan:

  • At Nakkar Khaana/Naubat Khaana, students learned about Emperor Shah Jahan, originally named Khurram. The court announcements, including the elaborate title, ‘Abdulmuzaffar Shiabudhin Mohammed Sahib Qiranqami Shahjahan Pasha Ghazi,’ were explored.

 

Court of Justice:

  • The visit extended to the Court of Justice, where Shah Jahan met the public and delivered justice after hearing their grievances, providing a glimpse into the administrative aspect of Mughal rule.

Significance of the Red Fort:

  • The Red Fort’s enduring significance as a symbol of power was emphasized. It remains the site where the Prime Minister hoists the national flag on Republic Day, adding a contemporary dimension to its historical importance.

Workbook and Learning Resources:

 

Post the visit, students engaged in workbook activities designed by the Itihaas team, allowing them to reinforce their understanding through thoughtful questions related to the explanations provided during the tour. Visual resources, including historical pictures of the fort, and sensory experiences, such as the creation of a fragrance representing the smell of Emperor Shah Jahan’s era, further enriched the learning process.

 

The Red Fort visit organized by Itihaas was a captivating journey for the students of The Khaitan School, providing them with a profound understanding of the historical and cultural significance of this iconic structure. The combination of guided tours, interactive activities, and supplementary resources made the outing not only educational but also memorable and enriching. Through such initiatives, students are not just learning history; they are experiencing it firsthand.

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