Red Fort Overview

Ranked 7 of 1269 sightseeing in New Delhi

Red Fort which is also known as Lal Qila was built by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan. This monument represents the grandeur of the Mughal Court, which was constructed during the 17th century. Lal Qila was once the residential area of the Imperial Family of India. It was the capital of the Mughal rulers until 1857, when Bahadur Shah Zafar II went in exile after he was defeated by the Britishers.

In 2007, Red Fort was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is situated in Old Delhi. The construction of this fort started in 1638 and it took over 10 years to complete the work in 1648. It was originally called as 'Qila-i-Mubarak', meaning the blessed fort, as it was the royal residence of Mughals.

During the British colonial rule, this fort was mainly used as a cantonment, which remained under the control of Indian Army after Indian Independence. This fort has various structures including Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-i-Khas, Nahr-i-Behisht, Zenana, Mumtaz Mahal, Moti Masjid and Hayat Bakhsh Bagh. Red Fort also houses a famous Swatantra Sangrama Sangrahalaya or the Museum of the Independence Movement. There is also a Daawat Khana in Red Fort, which has been converted into a Tea House, where tourists can have tea and snacks.

What travellers are saying about Red Fort

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  • Good 3
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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Operating hours

Monday - Friday:
7:00 AM -8:00 PM
7:00 AM -8:00 PM
7:00 AM -8:00 PM
Public Holidays:
7:00 AM -8:00 PM

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Reviews and Ratings

Karan Malhotra

Karan Malhotra3.6/5

1 review

A place where you will find the essence of history

all right so this place is quite amazing for explorers and historian's you will find a lot of things and places to explore like "diwan-e-khas,diwan-e-aam etc there are three museum's where you will find a lot of things and paintings so that you can relate to the ancient era and there lifestyle. overall in my opinion if you are an explorer and want to know be more connected towards ancient india them you must visit it once .the main attraction here is its light and sound show which have a nominal charge you can watch it to get more idea of ancient era and what were diwan e khas setc and how mughals use to rule there. but if you want to see light and sound show you have to stay there till 9 .

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  • A place where you will find the essence of history

Mukesh kumar

Mukesh kumar5.0/5

1 review

Amazing Experience

The Red Fort has an impressive history being the seat of Mughal power for some considerable time. The overall structure is still intact, however the internal body of the fort has either been looted over time or fallen into a state of disrepair. The architecture of the place is both Mughal as well as the late British buildings that were added making it a unique combination. Its worth getting a map of the fort so that you can see where exactly the sights within the fort are.

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  • Amazing Experience
  • Amazing Experience



1 review


Red fort made from the red sandstone and the mighty building of the medieval times, there is another attraction that - Light and Sound Show. in one word its amazing place to visit in Delhi.
  • Shaan-E-Dilli
  • Shaan-E-Dilli
  • Shaan-E-Dilli
  • Shaan-E-Dilli

Biswajeet Mishra

Biswajeet Mishra5.0/5

55 reviews

Redfort a very well built kingdom

Its was a summer time I went there, so I got tired I would suggest people visit in the evening time, now coming to redfort. It was just cool to see. I saw the beautiful architecture and that impressed me even I saw some of museum things. I share in Pics too u can see. The Sword and Equipment used by kings during mughal period.
  • Redfort a very well built kingdom
  • Redfort a very well built kingdom
  • Redfort a very well built kingdom
  • Redfort a very well built kingdom

Naina Rewari

Naina Rewari3.6/5

7 reviews

Good place to see different things

it is the good place to see and watch different decorations ideas there is a market also where different and antiques are advertised fort is actually in red colour and good to see this place

Deepak babu

Deepak babu4.3/5

13 reviews

Nice destination"

We went there around 4 pm and it took around 3.5 hours to cover all major areas, The place is wow factor.If you want to know history of this better hire a guide else no need to them because they are hyped.

Irfan Khan

Irfan Khan3.6/5

6 reviews

Strong red fort

The red fort it's place where u can visit to see how our old people build this fort it's very strong till date. We all friends most like this place to seen. Its wall maintained i love delhi to seen this red fort.

Parag Joshi

Parag Joshi4.3/5

64 reviews

Excellent architecture

Even though it was mid-September, we had heat in the low 100's on the day we visited the fort. While quite historic, it was not as fantastic as other forts in northern India. They are doing some restoration work on some buildings. The shopping bazaar inside the fort was a unique quality. But it was crowded and one felt like he had walked the gauntlet just to enter. Not a good choice for a hot and sunny day!

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Farhan Arif

Farhan Arif4.3/5

16 reviews

Worthy place to visit

a nice place to relax.lots of places to capture photos & a huge place of historic buildings. it is better to go with family rather than your friends.worthy place to visit
  • Worthy place to visit

Vinay Gupta

Vinay Gupta5.0/5

6 reviews

Red fort

red fort is also good place to see in delhi the fort frm inside is very big it has handicraft shops ;; n many more shops to see inside its quite big place to see inside n earlier times people use to manage such big place was quite tough

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Red Fort, New Delhi
Red Fort, New Delhi
Red Fort, New Delhi
Red Fort, New Delhi
Red Fort, New Delhi
Red Fort, New Delhi
Red Fort, New Delhi
Red Fort, New Delhi