Diwan-i-Khas in Delhi

Diwan-i-Khas, a historic site inside the Red Fort.

Diwan-i-Khas, a historic site inside the Red Fort. | Photo credit: Joydeep Mitra / Wikipedia

Diwan-i-Khas Overview

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Located within the Red Fort, the Diwan-i-Khas, or the hall of private audiences is where the Emperor would conduct meeting with heads of state and high ranking officials. The hall is essentially a rectangular chamber with high arched openings, which are beautifully engraved. The arches are held in place by piers, which have been adorned with floral designs.

In the centre of the Diwas-i-Khas would rest the famous Peacock Throne on which Shah Jahan would sit and preside over meetings. The throne was eventually looted by Nadir Shah in 1739. The Nahr-i-Bihisht or the “Stream of Paradise” would flow through the centre of the Diwan-i-Khas and the arches at the corner of the hall bore inscriptions from the lines of the famous 9th century Persian poet Ferdowsi.

  • Opening Closing Time Sunrise to sunset (Monday closed)

  • Entrance Fee Rs.10 (Indians) Rs.250 (Foreigners)

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Location

Netaji Subhash Road, Chandini Chowk, Delhi