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Red Fort

This large, red-walled complex showcases a long period of Indian history and art from the reign of the Mughal emperors in India.

Huge, red sandstone walls, which stand 33 metres (110 feet) high in some parts, gave Red Fort in New Delhi its name. The walls were built to keep out invaders during the reign of the Mughal Emperor of India Shah Jahan in the 17th century. Shah Jahan is also famous for founding the Taj Mahal.

Today, Red Fort is a popular tourist destination, attracting thousands of visitors every year. The busiest day of the year is August 15, when the Indian prime minister hoists the national flag at the fort to celebrate independence from the British.

The massive structure sits on 103 hectares (255 acres) within 2.4 kilometres (1.5 miles) of defensive wall. The fort consists of buildings with floral decorations, double domes, intricate carvings and art forms that showcase the peak of Mughal architecture.

As you enter through Lahore Gate, you will see Chatta Chowk. This covered bazaar was once a marketplace where items such as silk and jewels were sold to members of the noble class. Today, it’s filled with hawkers selling souvenirs.

While you’re at the Red Fort, explore the Indian War Memorial Museum, set up as a tribute to the soldiers who participated in World War I on behalf of the British.

Sound and light shows depicting Indian and Mughal history are held each evening for a small fee, additional to the entry price.

Allow for at least two hours to see most of the monument and museum, but between four and six hours are recommended for a thorough exploration.

Red Fort is closed on Mondays. Getting there is easy with regular buses from central New Delhi and from the airport, both of which take about 30 minutes. It takes about 10 minutes by car, and 45 minutes on foot, to get to Red Fort from the city centre.


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Lodging Near Red Fort

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Hotel Tara Palace, Chandni Chowk

Hotel Tara Palace, Chandni Chowk

419, Esplanade Road, Opposite Red Fort, Old Cycle Market, New Delhi, Delhi N.C.R
    3.0 out of 5.0
     
     

    Located in Old Delhi, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gurudwara Sis Ganj Temple, Chandni Chowk and Jama Masjid. Red Fort and Kasturba Gandhi Marg are ...

    Hotel Tara Palace, Chandni ChowkAU$58

    WelcomHeritage Haveli Dharampura

    WelcomHeritage Haveli Dharampura

    2293, Gali Guliyan, Dharampura, Delhi-6, Near Jama Masjid Gate No. 3, New Delhi
      5.0 out of 5.0
       
       
      5.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

      Located in Old Delhi, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gurudwara Sis Ganj Temple, Chandni Chowk, and Jama Masjid. Red Fort and Kasturba Gandhi ...

      WelcomHeritage Haveli DharampuraAU$180

      Hotel Aiwan-e-Shahi

      Hotel Aiwan-e-Shahi

      1061 - Paiwalan Dariba Side, Near Gate No.3 Jama Masjid, New Delhi, Delhi
        3.0 out of 5.0
         
         

        Located in Old Delhi, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk and Red Fort. Kasturba Gandhi Marg and Jantar Mantar are also within ...

        Hotel Al Haram

        Hotel Al Haram

        3918,Near Jama Masjid Metro Station, Jama Masjid, Daryaganj, New Delhi, delhi
           
           

          Located in Old Delhi, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk and Red Fort. Kasturba Gandhi Marg and Jantar Mantar are also within ...

          Hotel De Romana

          Hotel De Romana

          De Romana Street, New Delhi
            3.0 out of 5.0
             
             

            Located in Old Delhi, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk and Red Fort. India Gate and Kasturba Gandhi Marg are also within 3 ...

            Hotel De RomanaAU$19

            Hotel Tara Palace Daryaganj

            Hotel Tara Palace Daryaganj

            4606, Street No 13, Opp Happy School, New Delhi, Delhi
              3.0 out of 5.0
               
               

              Located in Old Delhi, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Chandni Chowk. India Gate and Lodhi Garden are also within 6 mi (10 km). ...

              Hotel Tara Palace DaryaganjAU$67

              Kastle Guest House

              Kastle Guest House

              16 Padam Chand Marg, Daryaganj, New Delhi, Delhi
                3.0 out of 5.0
                 
                 

                Located in Old Delhi, this guesthouse is within 1 mile (2 km) of Gurudwara Sis Ganj Temple, Jama Masjid and Red Fort. Chandni Chowk and India Gate are also within ...

                Kastle Guest HouseAU$43

                OYO 4883 Duke Hotel

                OYO 4883 Duke Hotel

                Plot No. 8, Netaji Subhash Marg Darya, Ganj Near Red Fort, New Delhi
                  3.0 out of 5.0
                   
                   

                  Located in Old Delhi, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Jama Masjid and Red Fort. Chandni Chowk and India Gate are also within 3 miles (5 km). Chawri ...

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