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Huge, red sandstone walls, which stand 110 feet (33 meters) high in some parts, gave Red Fort in New Delhi its name. The walls were built to keep out invaders during the reign of the Mughal Emperor of India Shah Jahan in the 17th century. Shah Jahan is also famous for founding the Taj Mahal.
Today, Red Fort is a popular tourist destination, attracting thousands of visitors every year. The busiest day of the year is August 15, when the Indian prime minister hoists the national flag at the fort to celebrate independence from the British.
The massive structure sits on 255 acres (103 hectares) within 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) of defensive wall. The fort consists of buildings with floral decorations, double domes, intricate carvings and art forms that showcase the peak of Mughal architecture.
As you enter through Lahore Gate, you will see Chatta Chowk. This covered bazaar was once a marketplace where items such as silk and jewels were sold to members of the noble class. Today, it’s filled with hawkers selling souvenirs.
While you’re at the Red Fort, explore the Indian War Memorial Museum, set up as a tribute to the soldiers who participated in World War I on behalf of the British.
Sound and light shows depicting Indian and Mughal history are held each evening for a small fee, additional to the entry price.
Allow for at least two hours to see most of the monument and museum, but between four and six hours are recommended for a thorough exploration.
Red Fort is closed on Mondays. Getting there is easy with regular buses from downtown New Delhi and from the airport, both of which take about 30 minutes. It takes about 10 minutes by car, and 45 minutes on foot, to get to Red Fort from downtown.
Get the most out of your time at Red Fort. Here is a list of the most popular things to do:
Do you want to make your visit a bit more special? An Old & New Delhi Private Full-Day Tour and a Private tour of Sound & Light Show at Red Fort with Dinner are both worth thinking about.
If you're seeking more activities, peruse our New Delhi things to do page.
This family-friendly New Delhi hotel is located in the historical district, within 2 mi (3 km) of Jantar Mantar and India Gate. National Museum and Chandni Chowk are also within 3 mi (5 km). Rajiv Chowk Station is 10 minutes by foot and New Delhi Shivaji Bridge Station is 6 minutes.
Located in Old Delhi, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Gurudwara Sis Ganj Temple and Jama Masjid. Chandni Chowk and Red Fort are also within 15 minutes. Chawri Bazar Station is 10 minutes by foot and Chandni Chowk Station is 13 minutes.
Located in Old Delhi, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gurudwara Sis Ganj Temple, Chandni Chowk and Red Fort. Jama Masjid and Kasturba Gandhi Marg are also within 3 miles (5 km). Chandni Chowk Station is 14 minutes by foot and Chawri Bazar Station is 14 minutes.
Located in Old Delhi, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Jama Masjid, Red Fort and Chandni Chowk. India Gate and Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Located in Old Delhi, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Gurudwara Sis Ganj Temple, Jama Masjid and Chandni Chowk. Red Fort and India Gate are also within 3 miles (5 km). Chawri Bazar Station is 14 minutes by foot and Chandni Chowk Station is 23 minutes.
This hotel is located in New Delhi (Old Delhi), close to Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Chandni Chowk. Also nearby are Raj Ghat and Gurudwara Sis Ganj Temple.
Located in Old Delhi, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Gurudwara Sis Ganj Temple, Jama Masjid and Chandni Chowk. Red Fort and India Gate are also within 3 miles (5 km). Chawri Bazar Station is 15 minutes by foot and Chandni Chowk Station is 23 minutes.
Located in Connaught Place, this luxury hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, and within 3 mi (5 km) of India Gate and Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. Jama Masjid and Chandni Chowk are also within 3 mi (5 km). Shivaji Stadium Station is 7 minutes by foot and Rama Krishna Ashram Marg Station is 14 minutes.