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.
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