Location: Netaji Subhash Marg, Lal Qila, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006
One of the much waited magnetism and iconic UNESCO heritage site for tourists in Delhi is Red Fort, which is evenly popular as Lal Qila. Built way back in the 17th century, the construction of Red Fort represents the spectacular foundation of Shah Jahan after the wondrous Taj Mahal in Agra. The majestic construction of Red Fort showcases an excellent blend of European, Persian and Indian art. This popular World Heritage site in Delhi has two gates namely; Delhi Gate and Lahore Gate. On entering the Red Fort, you will come across several attractions like Diwan-i-Khas, Zenana, Rang Mahal, Chatta Chowk and Moti Masjid, which will make your presence here completely blissful. People come from all over the places to witness this greatest heritage site of India.
Despite being a popular heritage site in Delhi, Red Fort is also known as the fortifications of national-broadcast speech by the Indian Prime Minister. This has been a prestigious practice since 1947 when Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru delivered the first freedom speech here on 15th August. Since then every year the Prime Minister of the country visits this place and hoists the national tricolour flag at the main gate of the fort and delivers speech addressing the entire nation.
Besides, various schools also organise some academic excursion at this historical fort with their teachers and pupils. If you are new to this city and red fort is yet to be explored, make this happen.
Entry hours and charges:
Except Monday, the Red Fort can be visited every day from 9.30AM to 4.30PM. The entry fee here is INR 30 for Indian visitors and INR 500 for foreign nationals. Video filming will charge you an additional amount of INR 25. If you want to experience the amazing light show at Red Fort, be there at 6PM. This show features the Mughal History, which is presented in both Hindi and English language. Visitors can enjoy this show paying an additional amount of INR 80, while for children the ticket price is INR 30. Overall spend time here at Red Fort is 2-3 hours. After exploring the Red Fort, you can further visit the Chandni Chowk market area for bag full of goodies. In addition, nearby Paranthe Wali Gali is a must visit for hard core Paranthe lovers.
For Metro commuter the nearest Metro Station is Chandni Chowk (Yellow Line), which is located nearly 2kms from the venue. The nearest railway station is Old Delhi railway station, which is situated around 3.2Kms away from the Red Fort. From railway station you may hire auto-rickshaws or get into DTC bus that runs through the Red Fort. Some of the buses on this route are Bus number 101 (from Nizamuddin Railway Station), 172 (from New Delhi Railway Station), 118EXT (from Mori Gate), 405 (from Mori Gate) and 44 (from ISBT). From Airport, Red Fort is merely 20Kms away, which can easily be reached by bus or cab.
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