Red Fort
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Castles
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9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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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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singhasam
Weymouth, UK3,629 contributions
Nov 2022
WHEN your guide tells you that the Red Fort site in New Delhi covers ten square kilometres you wonder how you are going to have the strength to get round it all.
Then he tells you that most of the site is out of bounds because the Indian Army are based there and the public can only view two square kilometres.
I relaxed a little at that news but by the end of my visit I was exhausted from a tremendous amount of walking and climbing up and down steps.
The Red Fort really is a gigantic construction with walls 100ft high and a network of interlocking passages for defence. Work to build the fort began in 1638 and was completed in 1648
Just the walk to the entrance was a taste of things to come as we passed along the base of the wall with its grassy moat ditch.
Even here the legacy of Covid reared its head because once we got inside we found that all the waterways were dry, emptied on the order of the Indian Government as part of its attempts to combat Covid.
It meant visitors had to imagine what the true setting would have been like with platforms for musicians surrounded by water and channels of water tinkling everywhere.
There were harems, hamams, areas set aside for justice, cannons, holes for other weapons and a host of other features.
To reach this rich display we had to walk through a sort of covered bazaar of stalls offerings everything from chess sets and backgammon boards to carved stone in 64 arched bays, half on each side.
I particularly liked the Hall of Public Audience or Diwan-i-Am with its lovely carved stone, a marble throne area and the stunning palace area with carved marble inlaid with semi-precious stones which was truly beautiful.
It is a very tiring site to visit and those going there should make sure they have bottled water with them as those sections in the open quickly become quite hot.
Definitely worth a visit by anyone who is in New Delhi.
Written November 21, 2022
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AstroBloke
Adelaide, Australia381 contributions
Jan 2020
This old fort is magnificent, and represents the highs and lows of Indian history in the last few centuries. It will take some 2-3 hours to do it justice.

Why didn't I rate if a 5, then? Firstly, as a international visitor I was charged around 10 times the admission for locals. To make matters worse, we paid extra to visit the museum inside but were not given the token signifying that we had paid. The guard at the museum wouldn't take our word for it, and all but told us to get lost. (The approx. one kilometre walk to/from the ticket office meant we couldn't be bothered following it up them there.) You understandably cannot take your backpacks inside the fort for security reasons, so you need to leave them in a makeshift facility where there is no advertised price, they charge whatever they can gouge out of you as you go to collect your belongings.

All in all, what should have been the highlight of our stay in Delhi was somewhat spoilt by the way we were treated.
Written March 22, 2020
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Debashis T
Dehradun, India1,578 contributions
Jan 2020
Opens through out the year except for Monday between 9:30 am to 4:30 pm with entry fee of Rs.35/- for adult. Better to book online ticket as the queue is very long before the ticket counter.Many parts of this big fort are closed now,so what took usually 2-3 hours some years before now takes around 1 to 1.30 hrs.Very much walking is needed inside it. Lush green gardens are there inside to seat.This large fort comprises multiple architectural structures inside it which is covered by the big red wall, giving its name.
Written May 9, 2020
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Ajantha K
16 contributions
Sep 2021 • Family
Don't miss to have your food in the small roadside shop opposite to the Red fort parking area. They serve the best Aloo parathas and curries at very less price. We enjoyed our breakfast there.
Written September 28, 2021
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RkRoadie
Pune, India625 contributions
Mar 2022
Red fort is the most important architecture in India. The area has two different parking lot. One can park the car at Jama Masjid parking and walk towards ticket counter or else there is parking space near to Red Fort ticket counter as well.

Vehicle entry is restricted ahead of parking place which is exactly at opposite site of main entrance of Red Fort hence one need to keep walking all through the outer boundary till main entrance of Red Fort.

The picturesque Red Fort can be clicked from outside itself which dont need any sort of ticket. Once you enter inside the passage passes through Chatta Bazaar where you can shop for things (only cash was accepted).

Inside the main campus there are many architectural building where you can click some more pics and come out again through Chatta Bazaar. Keep your ticket safe as the authority do check it again at exit.
Written April 13, 2022
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Kitty B
Morley, UK292 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
Stunning place to visit, and clearly seen around the local area, lot of walking.

Around the fort you can see where the British used to govern. There are many ornate carvings in the stone and the areas inside have so much detail and style.

*Note the price is usually more expensive for foreigners

Written June 23, 2022
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Rahul Babbar
62 contributions
Nov 2019 • Friends
Only ticket holder can visit it. Use your mobile for download self ticket after payment online that is cost cheaper than offline ticket. Peaceful place many shows pantings and many more. Every single site has its own story. Some shows are paid also which included in ticket there are 2 type of ticket for show or not only 10 to 20 rs difference between them.
Written March 9, 2020
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JXXXR
United Kingdom4,897 contributions
Nov 2019
The Red Fort is a large complex located near the old town in Delhi. Overall the architecture is interesting and the fort is historically significant, however irritatingly there is an excessively long walk from where you can purchase tickets to the entrance. Also if you a foreign tourist you have to pay considerably more then locals too enter.
Written January 26, 2020
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Akshay P
Mumbai, India176 contributions
Oct 2022 • Family
This is a must visit to get a feel about history. The place is vast and has a decent exhibition which shows various exhibits, photographs and storyline about British occupation and their tyranny. The struggle for independence, particularly the 1857 struggle is nicely depicted
It would have been good if the authorities can provide audio guides in foreign langauges which can make it really interesting

The overall place could be maintained better with more signboards and explanations

Written November 9, 2022
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Zumtinelz
Lismore, Australia486 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
A must see and a great opener if you are starting your trip in Delhi.
Badly damaged over the years, it is being extensively restored, especially in the palace area.
The horrible British barracks that were so insultingly imposed are being reused as a new visitors centre and a museum .
On the museum front, if you want to pay for that, it covers the first Indian war of independence in the mid 1800's. The Brits refer to that as the Indian Mutiny.
It, like the barracks are all part of the rich history of India.
The sheer scale and magnificence of Mughal palace and status building is on show here.
A more accessible and equally beautiful version is stunning at Agra so of you miss this don't sweat it. Go to the Red Fort there when you visit the Taj.
But worthwhile? Yes.
Written January 15, 2020
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