no alt text

Travel bucket list idea:

Last updated: 26 June, 2023
Expert travel writer: Amar Grover

Delhi’s largest historic monument was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the 1640s, and the massive sandstone walls still bristle with crenellations between the elegant cupolas. Within lies a 250-acre complex of gardens, audience halls, pavilions, royal apartments and a small white-marble mosque.

Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the fort personifies the scale and power of the dynastic Mughals whose three-century reign profoundly influenced the history and culture of North India.

Price from: £5
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 13+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

The Red Fort is around 500m northeast of the Friday Mosque (Jama Masjid), and right next to Lal Qila metro station.

Tickets are available at the kiosk beside the main Lahore Gate entrance opposite Chandni Chowk.

Most people visit independently, though local guides often tout for custom by the entrance and are worth considering for a more informed visit – you MUST agree a fee beforehand.

When to do it

The fort is open all year Tuesday-Sunday from sunrise to sunset. Closed on Mondays.

Early mornings and late afternoons will generally avoid the day’s heat and lend better light for photography.

May and June can be very hot and uncomfortable. Also, avoid weekends and public holidays when the crowds can sometimes be overbearing.

Our selection of the best Viator tours of this attraction or activity

Red Fort & Old Delhi: Half Day Heritage Walking tour

Uttar Pradesh

Red Fort & Old Delhi: Half Day Heritage Walking tour
Discover the Mughal era’s Old Delhi through its heritage and food. A guided walking tour exploring the history of Red Fort and Jama Masjid, the cultural influence of food in Sikh community kitchens, Chandni Chowk, and the Spice Market.

Price: $77

Min age: 0

Rating 5 / 5 [8 ratings]

Tour supplied by:

Viator Logo

Red Fort Skip-the-Line E-tickets & guide Delhi transfers

New Delhi

Red Fort Skip-the-Line E-tickets & guide Delhi transfers
Book tickets in advance to avoid waiting in long lines. Enjoy a hassle-free visit to Red Fort in Delhi.

Price: ₹5,000

Min age: 0

Rating 4.70 / 5 [17 ratings]

Tour supplied by:

Viator Logo

Destination guides including or relevant to this experience




India’s intense sight- and monument-filled capital is a compelling blend of the modern Raj-influenced New Delhi, and the sights, sounds and smells of Old Delhi’s heaving and exotic lanes and bazaars.

India’s Golden Triangle

India’s cultural essence combined with its most iconic sights and greatest bucket list experiences, all distilled into one compact, diverse and vibrant region.