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Red Fort

  • Delhi, India

  • Bucket List Experience

Last updated: 07 April, 2024

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.

Logistics

Price from: £5
Minimum age: 0
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.

Who to go with: organised tours

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