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New Delhi

The main area for cheap accommodation in Delhi is the Paharganj area. The Main Bazaar begins right opposite the New Delhi train station. This area is crammed with a variety of budget hotels starting from around 7USD for a room.

Trains to all over India leave from the New Delhi train station. Foreigners must purchase their tickets from the International Tourist Bureau located up the stairs behind the main ticket office.

Delhi has a good metro system with trains reaching most of the main areas and attractions in the city, including the airport. Prices range from 10 to 60 rupees (0.12USD to 0.72USD) depending on the length of the journey and trains run frequently. The metro stop for the New Delhi train station and Paharganj is called "New Delhi". The airport line also starts from this station.

The Red Fort, also known as the Lal Qila, was built in 1639 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan when the capital of the Empire shifted from Agra to Delhi. It was named the Quila-i-Mubarak which means the 'Blessed Fort' and was the residence of the Mughal Royal Family. In 1857 Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar was exiled by the British who then used the fort as a military camp until the Independence of India in 1947. It became a UNESCO world heritage site in 2007.

The fort is octagonal in shape, the walls stretching over 2.5 km with a height of between 16 and 33 meters. Inside the fort are a collection of monuments and pavilions, some beautifully carved and decorated. The pavilions are all connected by a series of canals through which the Nahrr-i-Behisht or 'Stream of Paradise' once ran, fed by the Yaruma River.

The main entrance to the Fort is from Lahore Gate which lies at the eastern end of Chandni Chowk, less than 1 km from Chandni Chowk metro station. The ticket office is about 500 m to the right of the entrance at the southern end of the fort.

Entrance Fees (in 2020)

600INR (8USD) for the fort
950INR (13USD) for the fort plus the museums

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