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Red Fort (Lal Quila), Delhi

The Red Fort was official residence of the Mughal dynasty emperors from 1648 to 1857. It was started built form 12 May 1639 and competed on 6 April 1648. It architect by Ustad Ahmad Lahauri. Red For and its complex is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site from 2007. The Red Fort is one of the most important monuments in Delhi, standing as a strong reminder of the powerful Mughal Rule in India. It was built in the 17th century by Emperor Shah Jahan. Because of the use of red sandstone, the fort came to be known as Lal Qila or the Red Fort. Also, because of the architectural finesse of the fort and the fact that it was the home of the royal family, the fort is also known as Qila-e-Mubarak or the blessed fort.

The style of architecture that is used in the Red Fort is known as the Shahjahani style which is a unique blend of Persian, European and Indian style. There are two entrances to this great fort - The Delhi Gate and the Lahore Gate. If you are on a visit to the popular Chandani Chowk market, you approach the fort from the Lahore Gate. The other gate leads to the Southern end of the busy market. You can even enjoy a lovely sound and light show in the evenings.

The Red Fort retains its importance in the country’s capital even today. It is the centre for the Indian Independence Day celebration where the Prime Minister delivers the most important speech of the year addressing the people of the nation.

Nearest Other Tourists Attractions: Indian War Memorial Museum, Jama Masjid, Salimgarh Fort, Delhi Gate, Raj Ghat, National Gandhi Museum and Library, Shakti Sthal, Shantivan & Veer Bhumi.

Nearest Accommodations: New Royal Hotel (011 2396 3233), New Frontier Hotel (011 2394 2650), Hotel Ashirwad (011 2398 7772), Punjab Hotel (011 2327 5706), Vaishnav Hotel (011 2397 8925), Gautam Hotel (096544 94324), Mahami Sewa Nyas (011 2386 5251), Gupta Guest House (098737 96693), Amrit Hotel (011 2397 7070), Smyle Inn (011 2358 9107), The Pearl Hotel (011 2363 2363), Godwin Hotels (088600 81994), Hotel Singh Empire Deluxe (011 4799 9999), Hotel Star Villa (011 2356 2712), Hotel Star Paradise (011 2358 5211), Ginger Rail Yatri Niwas (011 6663 3333)
*** These accommodations are placed old Delhi & New Delhi Railway stations.

Visit Information:-

UNESCO World Heritage Site: from 2007

Location:: Chandni Chowk

Address: Chandni Chowk, Netaji Subhash Marg, Delhi 110006.

Nearest Metro Station: Chandni Chowk & Lal Quila

Parking: Available

Open: Tuesday to Sunday;    (Monday closed)

Contact Number: 011 2327 7705

Construction Period: May 1639 to April 1648.

Architect: Ustad Ahmad Lahauri.

Visit Timings: 9.0 am to 5.0 pm

Entry Fee (Tickets Price):
Rs.35 (Indian)
Rs.500 (Foreigner)
Rs.30 (Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Maldives, Thailand, Myanmar & Afghanistan Citizen)
Free: Child (Under 15 Years).
Photography: Nil (Rs.25 for video filming)

Sound & Light Shows timing: 6.0 pm
Sound & Light Shows Ticket: Rs.80 (Adult), Rs.30 (Child)

Distance From:-

IGI and palam Airport: 19.0 KM

New Delhi RLY Station: 4.0 KM

Old Delhi RLY Station: 2.0 KM

Nizamuddin RLY Station: 13.0 KM

Anand Vihar RLY Station: 14.0 KM