Red Fort New Delhi
Information Red Fort New Delhi
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