Red Fort
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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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  • SangitaMangal
    Hyderabad, India174 contributions
    Must visit historic place in Delhi
    Very popular destination, must visit, vast place, lot of walking required, wheel chairs available on request. Beautiful historic place. Lots of stuffs to buy. Sometimes very rush, can be managed and handled better. Overall a great place. Loved the experience.
    Visited March 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written January 1, 2023
  • David D
    1,204 contributions
    A sprawling fort complex with shops, museums, and palaces from the time of the Mughals.
    The Red Fort of Delhi is a very large fort in Old Delhi. It can be entered from the Lahore Gate and there are shops on the entranceway in. The palaces are preserved, but have clearly been looted over the centuries. For those with an interest in history, the museum of the First War of Independence is worth checking also. Definitely worth a visit if in Delhi.
    Visited January 2023
    Written February 4, 2023
  • podrozniczka60
    New Jersey14,816 contributions
    Very interesting place, you can easily spend half a day here
    This is a place interesting to visitors focusing on Islamic era Indian history. There is a lot here to see - almost overwhelming unless you have a guide or read before coming. 17th century Mughal seat of power. Accessible via two gates. Entrance fee.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written February 7, 2023
  • Webbse
    Masterton, New Zealand69 contributions
    Average
    This fort is over rated with a cost of 950 rupees to get in. The best part was the museum that hi-lighted portions of Indian history and was interesting to understand. The rest of the grounds hosed a few more buildings but nothing like some of the other forts in India. Being one of the main attractions in Deli I am sure most Tourists will visit it but not as good as rated.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written February 10, 2023
  • Sandy_JSR
    Jamshedpur, India1,565 contributions
    Historical Site
    The Red Fort or Lal Qila, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a historic fort in Old Delhi. We visited Red Fort at around 5.30 pm, when the area The Red Fort, the largest monument in Delhi, is one of its most popular tourist destinations in Delhi and attracts thousands of visitors every year. When we visited the fort in June’22 at around 5.30 pm, the area was crowded. We took some photo with the backdrop of the fort by the photographers present in the area @ Rs. 40 inclusive one print out and softcopy. Afterwards, we entered the Fort, the entry was Rs. 50 per pax, by that time the sunlight already started dimming, though there were several tourists inside. We stayed over an hour and toured through the meena bazar and other parts of the fort, the view of the architectural features under illumination was nice. When we visited, the light and sound event was under certain restoration and hence could not be witnessed. While return, we did some shopping from meena bazar. Overall, it was a memorable visit to a historical site.
    Visited June 2022
    Written February 26, 2023
  • David B
    Leicester, United Kingdom111 contributions
    Which Museum?
    The Red Fort is a must see in Delhi. However beware of the pricing structure before you go in. Basic entry is 600 rupees for foreigners (small discount if you use your card) with the option of paying 350 rupees to see the museum inside the fort. However once in you discover that there is another and to be honest far superior museum on the history of the fort and Old Delhi which will cost you 200 rupees, a price well worth paying. The museum that is part of the Red Fort ticket is on the First War of Independence which is very interesting but very dated and probably not really worth the money. There's not an awful lot to see inside the fort, but enough to pass a couple of hours.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 5, 2023
  • akghosal
    Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom57 contributions
    Beautiful Fort & Building
    Such a beautiful old fort in Central Delhi which was constructed during the Mughal period, relatively well-maintained despite its age and also one of the best pieces of Mughal-era architecture in the city. Was nice to look at the structure from the outside and also enter it too see some of the interior. There was an indoor archway-like tunnel inside where there were lots of shopping stalls with different variety of stuff sold, including some souvenirs.
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 10, 2023
  • Dennis P
    Melbourne, Australia2,104 contributions
    SHEER SIZE AND ARCHITECTURE IS STUNNING
    One of the sites of a stay in Delhi. This massive fort, commissioned in the mid 1600’s ,is a feature of Delhi and was the palace of the Mogul Emperors . Typical of Indian palaces/forts it comprises dining and eating areas of the emperors, huge external walls, large internal spaces once used for gardens etc. Can be crowded at times, but the sheer size of the fort still provides for an easy stroll through the palace Although striking from a distance, for some treason our tour of two was simply a Photo Stop and not an nactual visit. In this we were very disappointed
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 21, 2023
  • JenAnnie
    Nottingham, United Kingdom700 contributions
    Great visit.
    We walked all along the Red Fort at New Delhi. We took lots of photographs. There was such a lot to see in New Delhi. We had a great day the weather was superb & the history of the Red Fort was amazing.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 7, 2023
  • marc
    France45 contributions
    Red Fort nice experience
    It was great! Really a nawesome experience. One must definitely visit this place. The front half of the fort is of red stone and other half is of marble. Feels glorious for the first timer. Also it has a couple of museums depicting the freedom struggle. And there is a shopping street where you can get most of the decorative and ornaments too...
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 12, 2023
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SJM_DC
Washington DC, DC50 contributions
Dec. 2023 • Solo
The Lal Qila is the majestic palace complex of the Mughal empire in Old Delhi started by Shah Jahan, who also built Taj Mahal. It is more a small town of imperial residences and public buildings than a military fortification, though the gates and walls are quite formidable. The historic site is of great importance to the Republic, and the Prime Minister makes a speech there on Independence Day. Which is why I kept scratching my head as to the reason the site has fallen into grave disrepair.

Having traveled throughout Asia, such a site of great national significance is usually better protected by the state. Granted, Delhi has been subject to far more invasions than the average Asian metropolis, and every successive occupier has taken something away from the palace. However, the buildings appear to be falling apart, held up desperately by scaffolding. Meanwhile, someone has decided to plant a handful of very anachronistic and modern galleries in the gardens, including a cafe and giftshop, rather than use the funds to fix up the historic structures. I'm not sure you can access the so-called "Tea House" or the old fort anymore. Only one gate is accessible to the public as well. The pools have been drained, so the gardens look lifeless. It is very far from the paradise on earth that Amir Khusrow raved about in his Persian inscription on the Diwan-i-Khas. The structures seem more worn down than much older sites found throughout Asia or even India (c.f. the "other Red Fort" in Agra).

I hope the Indian government and international partners will invest more to bring back this site to life and ensure that it survives for future generations as the legacy of grand Mughal architecture.
Written December 3, 2023
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Elmira Coury
Nottinghamshire, UK2 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Couples
The Red Fort is a historical landmark in the city of Delhi that is known for its opulence and architectural beauty. The stunning red sandstone walls and ornate decorations are reminiscent of the rich grandeur of the Mughal period. A glimpse into India's illustrious past and regal legacy can be had by exploring the fort's extensive grounds and well-maintained architecture. The music and light show that is performed in the evenings breathes new life into the historic site by delivering enthralling stories. On the other hand, the fort is known to become quite crowded, particularly on holidays and on weekends. Overall, the Red Fort is a location that should not be missed because it offers a riveting experience as well as a profound respect for the cultural and historical significance of India.
Written November 27, 2023
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PR
United States9 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Couples
It is a nice historical site, but we were not too impressed with it. It was great walk, but bit underwhelming. Does not compare to Agra Fort at all.
It’s good to visit if you have time, but no need to be on top of your list.
Written November 19, 2023
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Ta R
29 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Solo
Abominable experience. There are works everywhere destroying the monument s beauty. It is also full of rubbish and hungry people who try to survive selling infected products to tourists. What an hypocritical organisation that let people live like animals near a place of historical importance.
Written November 9, 2023
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JohnRegoPark
Rego Park, NY1,133 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Solo
This fort is massively impressive from the outside and a bit of a letdown on the inside. Some of the buildings look very worn out and in bad need of restoration. Still it gives you a good idea of the golden age of the Mughal empire. There is an excellent series of souvenir shops as you enter the fort that are worth browsing.
Written November 4, 2023
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UllashbhaiMBBS
Dhaka City, Bangladesh233 contributions
Jan. 2023 • Family
The Red Fort Complex was built as the palace fort of Shahjahanabad – the new capital of the fifth Mughal Emperor of India, Shah Jahan. Named for its massive enclosing walls of red sandstone, it is adjacent to an older fort, the Salimgarh, built by Islam Shah Suri in 1546, with which it forms the Red Fort Complex. The private apartments consist of a row of pavilions connected by a continuous water channel, known as the Nahr-i-Behisht (Stream of Paradise). The Red Fort is considered to represent the zenith of Mughal creativity which, under the Shah Jahan, was brought to a new level of refinement. The planning of the palace is based on Islamic prototypes, but each pavilion reveals architectural elements typical of Mughal building, reflecting a fusion of Persian, Timurid and Hindu traditions The Red Fort’s innovative planning and architectural style, including the garden design, strongly influenced later buildings and gardens in Rajasthan, Delhi, Agra and further afield.

I would highly recommend hiring an official tourist guide , this will make your life easier .
Written October 30, 2023
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raul s
New Delhi, India2 contributions
Jul. 2023 • Family
big fort with big history but avoid its museum to save some money. This forts highlight was its museum that housed Rajput army's weapons like spears, daggers, swords. Mysteriously all the weapons are gone now and only some dumb paintings are put on display. I thnik there is a sinister plot behind the removal of rajput army weapons and instead a lot of paintings depicting strife among Indians have been put on display. If you skip the museum then you save INR 500 straightaway
Written October 16, 2023
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Aditya K
7 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Couples
This fort is pretty big yet in most of the space it's empty and does not anything. It's not allowed to enter inside those palaces. There are two museums and a shopping street which is actually very expensive and one must avoid buying from there. This fort is not at comparable with the beautiful forts in Rajasthan.
Written October 12, 2023
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WalkingPoint
Kumamoto, Japan394 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Solo
A huge and very impressive historic Fort. 600 Rupees to walk around inside. More to enter the museum. A small "snack" and drink cafe inside with a small covered market with mostly veycheap jewellery. Worthy of a look once you know the history.
Written September 15, 2023
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felices
Cullompton, UK204 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
Great visit and well worth seeing. Very big to walk around. Always worth having a guide to hear the history and understand what you are looking at!
Written September 12, 2023
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