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“Pride of the country” 4 of 5 stars
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Red Fort (Lal Quila)
Red Fort | Near Diwan-i-Khas, New Delhi, India
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Ranked #33 of 336 things to do in New Delhi
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This 17th century fort was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and served as the capital of the Mughals until 1857.
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“Pride of the country”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Standing in front of this monument always think wat a monument it was built. Truly a pride of delgi as it stands. Built in mugal era it is truly a visual delight.

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“Exterior Excellent, Interior Not”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

If you are in New Delhi for 4 or more days, and especially if you are not visiting Agra or Jaipur, I would strongly recommend visiting the Red Fort in old Delhi. On the other hand, if you're in New Delhi for only 2 days or so, and especially if you ARE also visiting Agra or Jaipur, you may want to take a pass on the Red Fort here. Why? Well, this fort has its pros and cons:

Pros: (1) the site is of great historical importance, being built by Shah Jahan, being the residence of the last Mughal emperor, as well as the site where Nehru first raised the nation's flag the day India achieved independence.
(2) the exterior is quite imposing, more impressive than the exterior of the Agra Fort, to my mind.
(3) a visit to the Red Fort can be combined with visits to other attractions within easy walking distance: the Jama Masjid and the old bazaar.
(4) it's EASY to get to (but see the serious caveat below): just take the yellow line to the Chandni Chowk station and walk about a half mile due east down Chandni Chowk Road. The Lahori Gate is just on the other side of Netaji Subhash Marg.

Negatives: (1) The interior is quite disappointing: it must have been fabulous on opening day: Shah Jahan had Ustad Ahmad Lahauri design it, and the architect's credentials included the Taj Mahal (we think). But the years haven't been kind to it. Neither have the Persians (who looted it of, among other treasures, the Peacock Throne), nor the later Moghuls and their "protector" Marathas (who stripped and melted down its silver ceilings), nor the British (who on defeating the sepoys wanted to leave a visible reminder of their displeasure at the last emperor's support of the mutineers, by pretty much looting everything inside and demolishing most of the interior buildings). The British, at least, did try to tidy up a bit at the beginning of the 20th century.
(2) For several years now, the ASI has been charged with "restoring" the Red Fort. Don't know what that's supposed to mean (obviously not to its condition when Shah Jahan first cut the ribbon, solid silver ceilings, Peacock Throne and all), but what is means in practice is that the government has been doing repairs here, there and everywhere for years. If they ever finish the job, that will benefit visitors; but in the meantime, it adds to the unsightliness of the interior and means that some parts are off-limits. The interiors of the Red Fort in Agra or the Amber Palace in Amur, are much nicer.
(3) It's full of people, with long queues. I suspect that's 99% due to location, that an incredible number of people come to India's capital every day for all kinds of other reasons, as well as live here, and that a significant percentage of them decide to go visit the Red Fort. My limited experience (having been to both places once each) is that compared to the claustrophobic throngs at the Red Fort, when I got to the Taj Mahal (same shah, probably same architect, mint condition, arguably the most beautiful structure on Earth) I pretty much had the place to myself. Relatively speaking.
(4) The persistent hawkers and "guides" are a great nuisance, but they are at the other major Mughal attractions in India.
(5) it's DANGEROUS to try to get to: the Lahori Gate is just on the OTHER side of Netaji Subhash Marg. Good luck getting there. Traffic is very heavy in either direction, there is no effective vehicle traffic control, and unless you are in the middle of a dense pack of pedestrians, the drivers will not stop, period. I was at the tail end of such a group, and the driver that hit me didn't even stop after doing so (winged me with a glancing blow, no great harm done, driver might not have realized he struck a pedestrian, but I suspect he did). I'll chalk Netaji Subhash Marg at Chandni Chowk down as one of the most dangerous pedestrian street crossings in India, and that's saying a lot.

Tip #1: you can eliminate this traffic danger entirely if you arrive by bus on the east side of Netaji Subhash Marg, or if you have a driver that drops you off and picks you up, on the east side.

Tip #2: you can generally shed off the persistent hawkers and guides, here as well as anywhere else is central India during the hot season, simply by striding along purposefully at a brisk clip. It's way too hot for them to keep up that pace for long, so they'll quickly drop you and look for easier prey.

Visited May 2014
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“Very nice fort”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

A very nice fort to visit. Shows the grandeur of the mughals. However long queues during public holidays and the hot weather is a hindrance.

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“Shahjahan's Work”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

From the the mere size and space the Red Fort occupies one could imagine how it would have been during its Active days. A definite must visit for every traveler who visits New Delhi. As most reviews here state it is in bad condition and needs renovation work, but nevertheless the architecture is magnificent with beautiful artworks and carvings.

Visited April 2014
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“Strange place, yet worth a visit.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

During my first and so far only visit to India I had a half-day off and visited the Red Fort. It's a historic site for sure, but it's poorly maintained and poorly presented. The sheer size of the place is impressive, but don't count on any signs or leaflets to learn the story of the place.
There is a war-memorial museum in the fort, but I didn't find it too exciting. The most interesting part to me was visiting the barracks on the far left. At first I thought it was a disused area, given the very poor state, but then I saw that they still are in use for something. Military? Police? Who knows.

Visited August 2013
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