Red Fort

Vacation Travel Guide
Red Fort showing heritage architecture and a castle

This large, red-walled complex showcases a long period of Indian history and art from the reign of the Mughal emperors in India.

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.

Top Hotels Close to Red Fort

Hotel Tara Palace, Chandni Chowk
Hotel Tara Palace, Chandni Chowk
3 out of 5
419, Esplanade Road, Opposite Red Fort, Old Cycle Market, New Delhi, Delhi N.C.R
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The price is NT$963 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 29
Located in Old Delhi, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lajpat Rai Market, Gurudwara Sis Ganj Temple, and Chandni Chowk. Jama Masjid and Red Fort are ...
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Shangri-La Eros, New Delhi
Shangri-La Eros, New Delhi
5 out of 5
19, Ashoka Road, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi N.C.R
The price is NT$2,339 per night from Nov 4 to Nov 4
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Haveli Dharampura
Haveli Dharampura
5 out of 5
2293, Gali Guliyan, Dharampura, Delhi-6, Near Jama Masjid Gate No. 3, New Delhi
The price is NT$2,380 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 29
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Best Lodging Options Near Red Fort

Ashu Villa Guest House
Ashu Villa Guest House
2.5 out of 5
149 Kilokri Main Ring Road, New Delhi, National Capital Territory of Delhi
The price is NT$556 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 29
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Shangri-La Eros, New Delhi
Shangri-La Eros, New Delhi
5 out of 5
19, Ashoka Road, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi N.C.R
The price is NT$2,339 per night from Nov 4 to Nov 4
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Hotel Tara Palace, Chandni Chowk
Hotel Tara Palace, Chandni Chowk
3 out of 5
419, Esplanade Road, Opposite Red Fort, Old Cycle Market, New Delhi, Delhi N.C.R
The price is NT$963 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 29
Hotel Tara Palace, Chandni Chowk
Haveli Dharampura
Haveli Dharampura
5 out of 5
2293, Gali Guliyan, Dharampura, Delhi-6, Near Jama Masjid Gate No. 3, New Delhi
The price is NT$2,380 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 29
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Hotel Aiwan-e-Shahi
Hotel Aiwan-e-Shahi
3 out of 5
1061 - Paiwalan Dariba Side, Near Gate No.3 Jama Masjid, New Delhi, Delhi
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Hotel Al Haram
Hotel Al Haram
3918,Near Jama Masjid Metro Station, Jama Masjid, Daryaganj, New Delhi, delhi
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Hotel De Romana
Hotel De Romana
3 out of 5
De Romana Street, New Delhi
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Hotel Tara Palace Daryaganj
Hotel Tara Palace Daryaganj
3 out of 5
4606, Street No 13, Opp Happy School, New Delhi, Delhi
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Kastle Guest House
Kastle Guest House
3 out of 5
16 Padam Chand Marg, Daryaganj, New Delhi, Delhi
Kastle Guest House
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