Zafar Mahal, Red Fort

, Hazrat-E-Dilli

Zafar Mahal was constructed during the reign of Bahadur Shah II in 1842 and named after him. This pavilion stands in the middle of a pre-existing water tank. It is made out of red sandstone, which was cheaper than white marble, money being in short supply for the Mughal Emperor.

Originally a red sandstone bridge led into the pavilion, which was probably lost at some point of time.

I remember going into the pavilion and exiting it from inside a decade ago. I don’t remember whether it was this red sandstone bridge or some temporary structure.

After the occupation in 1857, the tank was used for a while as a swimming pool by the British troops.

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