|Location||Chandni Chowk, Delhi (Map)|
|Entry Fee & Timings||Timings - khas mahal opens daily from 7 am to 10 pm., Entry Fee - Rs. 35 for Indians Rs. 250 for foreigners.|
|Place Type||Palace, Monuments|
|Place visit with||Family, Friends, Kids|
|Best time to visit||November, December, January, February, March|
About Khas Mahal
The Khas Mahal is a historic palace located within the Red Fort complex in Delhi, India. It is an important architectural structure which has historical and cultural significance. The Khas-Mahal which means 'private house' was built during the reign of Shah Jahan as the private residence of his daughter.
There are three parts in this palace, the Chamber of Telling Beads, the Bedroom and the Wardrobe. The interior is decorated with carved white marble painted with colorful floral decorations. The ceiling was also partly gilded. The Khas Mahal is a testimony to the opulence and architecture of the Mughal period and gives a glimpse of the opulent lifestyle and cultural richness of that time.
Architecture of Khas Mahal
The Khas Mahal comprises a series of chambers and halls arranged in a linear manner. The palace is built on a high plinth and is surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens. The layout of the palace is designed to provide a sense of privacy and seclusion to the royal residents. The palace has been constructed mainly using white marble, which gives it a luxurious and elegant look. The use of marble is a hallmark of Mughal architecture and is often associated with grandeur and opulence. The roof of the Khas Mahal is adorned with chhatris, which are small, domed pavilions. Chhatris are a distinctive feature of Mughal architecture and are commonly found on various Mughal buildings. They serve both decorative and functional purposes, providing shade and ventilation.
Interesting facts about Khas Mahal
- The central courtyard of the Khas Mahal was the place where the emperor held meetings with his officials and addressed the public from the Muthamman Burj, an octagonal tower adjacent to the palace.
- The palace has many archways and arches which are characteristic of Mughal architecture. These arches are often pointed and display intricate decorative details such as intricate carvings and inlaid designs.
- The palace includes delicate marble jaali screens, which are intricately carved stone screens with geometric patterns.
- Inside the palace, you can find elaborately decorated interiors with intricate stucco work, floral motifs and ornamental patterns.
How to reach Khas Mahal
By Metro:- The nearest metro station to Khas Mahal is Chandni Chowk Metro. It is a 9-minute walk away.
By Rail:- The nearest railway station to Khas Mahal is Delhi. It is a 12-minute walk away.
By Bus:- The nearest bus stop to Khas Mahal is Red Fort. It is a 5-minute walk away.
Nearby famous places
- Archaeological Museum 4 minutes away
- Zafar Mahal 2 minutes away
- Sunehri Masjid 2 minutes away
- Fatehpuri Masjid 7 minutes away
- Begum Samru's Palace 7 minutes away
- Chandni Chowk 19 minutes away
- Friday Mosque (Jama Masjid) 6 km away
- Sunehri Masjid 13 minutes away
- National Gandhi Museum 2 km away
- Swaminarayan Akshardham 6 km away