Shahi Lal Dera

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Shahi Lal Dera (Red Tent, Royal red tent,[1] Lal Dera) is an imperial Mughal tent, it is a fabric structure owned by the fifth Mughal emperor Shah Jahan.[2] Shahi Lal Dera was used to be a moveable palace.[3][4]


Shahi Lal Dera is the only surviving example of a Mughal tent in its entirety.[1] The 17th-century encampment is part of Mehrangarh's royal collection in Jodhpur. it is a magnificent tent, Its regal status is reflected in the color red and the crenellated crown on top. Lal Dera is crafted entirely of silk, velvet, and gold. It has beautiful embroidery and brocade patterns. The tent has beautiful bolsters for the throne of the Mughal emperor, as well as lobed archways and a colonnaded interior chamber. The tent has a four-meter height ceiling, it is comparable in size to a double-decker bus.[2] [1][5]

Abu'l-Fazl ibn Mubarak talks at length in Ain-i-Akbari about the Mughal emperors' vested interests in textiles, weapons, and Tents.[4]


As of 2017, it was undergoing maintenance to clean and conserve it.[2][3]

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  1. ^ a b c Willem. "Mughal Shahi Lal Dera Tent". Retrieved 2021-10-19.
  2. ^ a b c "Spring-cleaning India's most magnificent tent". BBC News. 2017-05-13. Retrieved 2021-10-19.
  3. ^ a b "shahi lal dera Archives". Media India Group. Retrieved 2021-10-19.
  4. ^ a b "The Sunday Tribune - Spectrum". Retrieved 2021-10-19.
  5. ^ Derāṃ rau khātau (in Hindi). Mahārājā Mānasiṃha Pustaka Prakāśa Śodha-Kendra. 2007. pp. XXIV.