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Diwan I Am Hall Of Public Audience

The beautiful city of Delhi boasts numerous historical and amazing must visit places. Diwan-i-Am (Hall of Public Audience) is one of the renowned places. It is located within the Red Fort and served as a congregation area for the general public. The emperor would address common people and the public and listen to their grievances. This is an ornate hall decorated with stucco work and features gold columns and heavy curtains.


The Red Fort of Delhi is a significant bond between the past and the present. In 1638, Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan began the structure of the Red fort. The construction ended by 1648. The Red fort features all the paraphernalia of the Mughal government- halls of private and public audience (Diwan-i-khas and Diwan-i-am). The Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and his successors would receive members of the general public and hear their complaints. One can spend hours wandering among the various buildings, learning much about the history of India, within the walls of the Red Fort in the Hall of Public Audience.


The Diwan-i-Am comprises a front hall, which is 100 ft x 60 ft. Divided into 27 square bays on a system of columns, which support the arches open on 3sides, this hall is backed by a set of rooms in red sandstone. The beautiful roof spanned by sandstone beams, ceiling and columns painted with gold adorn the beauty of the place.  

The proportions of this hall, engraved arches and its columns demonstrate the fine craftsmanship and high aesthetics. With a remarkable façade of 9 engraved arch openings, this hall was decorated with gilded and white shell lime plaster work.

In the center of the eastern wall stands a marble canopy or baldachin, sheltered by its ‘Bengal’ roof, where the emperor’s throne is located. Attractive panels featuring with multi colored stones that represent birds and flowers add to the beauty of the place. A gold plated railing separates the emperor from the courtiers, whereas there is a silver railing on the rest three sides of the hall.

Nearby Attractions

Red Fort

Red fort is a popular monument with historical importance. An evening light and sound show is a must watch for all, as it reminds events in the history of India connected with the Red fort.

Opening Closing Time

Sunrise to sunset all days of the week (Monday closed)

Entry Fee

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

How to Reach

By Air

Delhi is a key gateway city for northern India, and boasts the Indira Gandhi International airport and Pala, the domestic terminal. All major airlines fly through Delhi. One can take prepaid taxi, coaches to the Red Fort.

By Rail

There are 2 main railway stations in New Delhi and Old Delhi, offering Express trains, to all parts of the country. Metro trains are available for local transport.

By Road

Buses from all major cities are available to and from Delhi. Taxies and cabs are available for local transport.

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