Cover Image Creadit: Pixabay
Delhi, the capital of India has become a major tourist attraction over the years. The place has a vast history which is a major reason for a lot of people visiting the place. It is the heart of India. Being a metropolitan city, you will find a wide range of options, from shopping markets, malls, galleries to museums and monuments. Various forts and monuments form a major part of the city, making it an amalgamation of historicity and modernity. There are various forts such as Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar, etc. which depict the historic legacy of our country very beautifully. Red Fort in Delhi is a huge fort made up of red sandstone and has a vast history. Here is our handy guide for you that would help you know more about this marvelous monument.
Red Fort History
The history of red fort goes back to the year 1638. It was built by Shah Jahan when he took the decision to shift his capital from Agra to Delhi. Also called Lal Quila, it was under the Mughal Empire for around 200 years and after that it was taken over by the Britishers. Bahadur Shah Zafar was the last Mughal Emperor who was coronated here in the year 1837.
Red Fort holds an important place in the history of India. It is the fort where the National Flag of India was hoisted at the time of Independence. Till present, it is hoisted at the same place by the Prime Minister of India every year.
Red Fort Delhi Timings: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Red Fort Ticket Cost: INR 35 for Indians and INR 500 for foreigners
Visit Duration: 2-3 hours
Best Time To Visit Red Fort
The winter months of November to March are recommended the most when it comes to visit the Red Fort in Delhi. These months are cooler and you will be saved from Delhi’s heat during this time.
If you are looking for a pocket-friendly trip to Delhi, then you can visit in the months of April and May. But make sure to protect yourself from the heat waves in Delhi.
Red Fort Architecture
Red Fort is a very beautifully built monument which is in the form of a parallelogram. It has walls facing Yamuna as well as Chandni Chowk. One of the important gateways here is Lahori Gate. It is that particular gate where the Indian Flag was hoisted at the time of independence. There are other important buildings inside the fort as well. Diwan-i-Aam and Diwan-i-Khas are a few to name. The architecture of Red Fort depicts the beautiful Mughal culture.
Interesting Facts About Red Fort
- You will be surprised to know that Red Fort was originally white in colour -it was originally made of limestone and was painted later when the white stone started chipping off
- The fort also has a small water gate which is not known to many people – it was basically built on the banks of the river Yamuna to ensure easy access to the river
- Not everyone is aware of the fact that the precious Kohinoor diamond was the part of the throne of Shah Jahan; the royal seat of Shah Jahan flaunted the diamond
- The Red Fort was declared a world heritage site in the year 2007 because of its vast cultural and historical heritage.
- The last mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar was tied in his own fort as he was a rebellion against the British Empire
- The sky view of the fort is just amazing and it depicts that the shape of Red Fort is octagonal
Planning your holiday but confused about where to go? These travel stories help you find your best trip ever!
Real travel stories. Real stays. Handy tips to help you make the right choice.
Some Tips For Travelers
- The fort remains closed on Mondays. So plan your trip accordingly.
- Don’t forget to carry a water bottle and an umbrella as it could be a bit hotter there.
- There is a light and sound show there as well which you must attend.
- Don’t get fooled by the guides there as you will find a lot of them there.
- You can opt for an audio tour of the place as well which will cost you around 100 bucks.
- Be aware of pickpockets and take care of your stuff.
Suggested Read: A Guide To Tughlaqabad Fort: Delhi’s Most Underrated Monument
How To Reach Red Fort
You can easily reach Delhi. Being the national capital, it is very well connected with all the major cities. Indira Gandhi International Airport is the nearest airport located at a distance of around 20 km from the fort. From there, you can easily get a taxi or a cab. There’s also a hassle-free railway connection. There are various trains such as Shatabdi, Kalkaji, Jan-Shatabdi, etc. that run from different states to Delhi
The nearest metro station to Red Fort is Chandni Chowk Metro Station which on the yellow line. As you will get down of the metro, you can easily reach the fort as it is only 1.5 km from the station.
Red Fort in Delhi is a beautiful monument with a vast and diverse history. Planning a trip to Delhi? Don’t forget to visit the Red Fort if you love to explore the history of a place. Located at the centre of Delhi, it also has a number of museums inside. You can even have some photography sessions there if you love getting clicked. So, what are you waiting for? Plan a vacation to Delhi with TravelTriangle and explore the capital city of India.
People Also Read
Looking To Book An International Holiday?
Book memorable holidays on TravelTriangle with 650+ verified travel agents for 65+ domestic and international destinations.