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“See 1st before other Forts in Rajasthan”

Red Fort (Lal Quila)
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Private Tour: Light and Sound Show at the Red Fort, Delhi
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Exciting Evening at Red Fort's Sound and Light Show with Dinner
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Light and Sound Show at the Red Fort from Delhi
Ranked #28 of 433 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.
Reviewed August 9, 2014

I've been to Agra and seen the forts in Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur. So I was disappointed in how much the Red Fort was run down. If you're doing a tour of the Rajasthan area, start with the Red Fort first, everything else is a major step up in beauty. If you're short on time in Delhi and will be seeing other forts, I would skip the Red Fort.

If you are a single female or all females in your group, you can skip the long security line to get in. Just go to the left of where you see all the males lining up. As a foreigner you can also bypass the long ticket line. Foreigner tickets are the right ticket window so walk down the stairs on the right. Fee is 250 rupees. If you want to rent the audio, you will have to weave through people at the ticket booth level to get to the room on the far left. The audio was informative and did make the visit more worthwhile. Fee is 116 rupees.

There are no concessions once you pass security. So on a hot day, make certain to bring water with you. Bathrooms aren't easy to find either.

If you come with a driver, make certain you have clear instructions for spot where he will meet you. It is very chaotic outside the security gate and you'll be haggled by everyone.

2  Thank GHamp23
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Reviewed August 9, 2014

Yes its the same red fort you see during Independence day celebrations, while you have to often stand in a long Q for tickets please note that you are not allowed to carry any bags inside. so at the side of ticket counter there is cloak room. You gotta make sure your bag is marked properly else in case somebody has similar bag it can be misplaced because lot of people deposit and given people`s rush mood, it can happen.
It was a bit cold when i visited so i kept necessary stuff inside pockets of my coat.
Red fort from inside retains its original charm then seeing shops inside makes you wonder WHAT? i didn't understand why. And renovation work was on and hence large quarter of red fort was unavailable for seeing. I felt disappointed.
To get here you can alight at Chandni Chowk metro station (check for proper exit gate) and from the main road take a left. Else plenty of autos and buses around for commute. Take care of belongings.

Thank Saish B
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Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

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.

Thank cooldu
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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.

4  Thank Vincent M
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Reviewed August 4, 2014 via mobile

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.

Thank S S
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