Red Fort Complex
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- 75%Local Culture
- 67%Art & Design Lovers
- 59%Budget Travelers
- 58%Family Travelers
- 51%Green Travelers
- 51%Outdoor Enthusiasts
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- Red Fort ComplexMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsJan 23, 2014
Delhi is one of my very favorite places in India for its profound sense of living history, the way the ancient and medieval and the modern so cozily coexist within its confines. One of the finest examples of this is the Red Fort in Old Delhi, east of the Jama Masjid and the bazaars, its battlements rising from the squalor. The Mughali fort of emperor Shan Jahan (he who built the Taj Mahal), it was the capital center of India for more than 200 years until the British supplanted indigenous rule; and today it's one of the greatest historical artifacts from that period. It's a majestic place to wander through, and the contrast with the sprawl of modern Delhi is absolutely delicious.
- Red Fort ComplexNov 06, 2013
For a world heritage site, Red Fort is a disappointment. The gardens are overgrown, and the buildings are precariously held up in some places with a framework of bamboo. Rumor has it that so many palms require greasing in the heritage sites department of government (and so many people are involved in making decisions) that not much is getting done. Go to Jaipur for the Amber Fort, or Agra for the Agra Fort to see well-maintained historic properties.
- Red Fort ComplexMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 4Oct 17, 2013
Red Fort needs no introduction. It is a UNESCO inscribed World Heritage Site which speaks volume about its cultural value.
Red Fort also happens to be the last of historical cities established in Delhi. It was - as was the tradition of rulers building their own capital - eastablished as the capital of Mughal Empire by Shah Jahan and named ShahJahanabad.
Alas the old gives way to new and so the material from nearby Firozabad (now in ruins and known as Firuz Shah Kotla) which happened to be the fifth historical city were salvaged to construct this sprawling red sandstone palace complex.
The structures that today stand inside Red Fort are in dilapidated state as the entire complex and structures of note inside - which were adorned with precious stone and gems - were ransacked and looted by British Soldier when the 1857 rebellion was quelled.
The structures now stand desolate and forlorn in the sprawling complex devoid of their glory but looking at Diwan-i-Aam and Divan-iKhas which are built in white marble as typical of Mughal Architecture after Shah Jahan came to rule the empire - you could get a glimpse of the awe these would once have inspired. Same is the case with Zenanas and various pleasure gardens and mahals.
Do not miss out on Mumtaj Mahal and Naqqar Khana which have been converted into museums and houses various artifacts from Mughal era.
The fort is easily accessible and the nearest metro station is Chandni Chowk. Numerous buses also ply on this route.
If you are a tourist in Delhi, I'd recommend HOHO Bus which will take you not just to Red Fort but almost all important monuments, attractions and museums of Delhi for just INR 350 (Full Day Tour). I recommend this because it ensure that you are not fleeced by touts, so called guides and tuk tuk walas and taxis.
A word of caution though. No guide accompany you to the attractions if you choose HOHO Bus so have your concept about the attractions you are traveling to clear beforehand.
BTW, Red Fort is a paid monument and will cost you INR 10 if you are an Indian and INR 250 if you are a foreigner.
- Red Fort ComplexMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 4Jul 04, 2012
A very nice place to go. It is very tourist trap though. Right when you walk in is a bizarre willing to sell you mass produced items. Once you walk past all that you can find all the other attractions.
Dont make the same mistake I did... I stood in line for a ticket and found out there was a line (not clearly marked) for foreigners to buy tickets.
There is a lot of walking around. Beware of the heat when here as there is little shade at some points of the fort. I had almost come across with some heat stroke due to running out of water.
A lot of photos can be had here. Feel free to watch the families who come here to just relax, and the massive amount of running squirrels.Recommended for:Family Travelers
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