Red Fort - Overview


Lal Qila or Red Fort is called so because it was constructed with red sandstone. It was a residential area of Mughals for about 200 years. It was also used to perform various ceremonies. Shah Jahan constructed the fort in 1639. Nearby the fort is the Salimgarh Fort built by Islam Shah Suri son of Sher Shah Suri. Nadir Shah plundered the fort in 1747 and the British did it in 1857.



Delhi is the capital city of India and is popular for many historical monuments present in the city. The city is bordered by Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. It is one of the most populous city of India and third largest urban area in the world. Delhi was ruled by many kings of different empires. It was captured, sacked, and built many times.

City Border

Visiting hours

The fort is opened for the public from 9:30am to 4:30pm. It is opened on all days and closed on Mondays. Sound and light shows are also arranged here and timings depend upon climate. The duration of the show is one hour and the timings are as follows −

  • September & October

    • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (Hindi)
    • 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm (English)
  • November to January

    • 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm (Hindi)
    • 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm (English)
  • February to April

    • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (Hindi)
    • 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm (English)
  • May to August

    • 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm (Hindi)
    • 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm (English)


Tourists have to pay an entry fee in order to visit the fort. For Indians, the cost of the ticket per person is Rs. 30 and for foreigners, it is Rs. 500 per person. There is also sound and light show and cost of tickets for adults on weekdays is Rs. 60 and for children of the age of 5 to 12 years is Rs. 20. On weekends, the cost of the tickets for adults is Rs. 80 and for children Rs. 30.

Best time to visit

The period between October and March is the best time to visit the fort as the weather is very pleasant. Though the month of December and January are chilly but still the tourists will enjoy their tour. In the rest of the months, the climate is very hot and humid which causes discomfort to the tourists.

Where to Stay?

There are more than 2500 hotels in Delhi which range from inexpensive budget hotels to expensive five-star hotels. Tourists can also stay in tourist hostels and guest houses which provide a comfortable stay. Good service is offered in all kinds of hotels. Some of the hotels in the city are as follows −

  • Five-Star Hotels

    • The Suryaa located at South Delhi
    • Japee Siddharth located at Karol Bagh
    • The Ashok located at South Delhi
    • The Leela Palace located at South Delhi
    • ITC Maurya located at Sadar Bazar Marg
  • Four-Star Hotels

    • Hotel Samrat located at South Delhi
    • Tavisha Hotel located at Friends Colony
    • Treebo Amber located at Okhla
    • The Athena Hotel located at South Delhi
    • Hotel City Park located at West Delhi
  • Three-Star Hotels

    • Hotel O’Delhi located at Karol Bagh
    • Hotel Luck Residency located at Airport Zone
    • Hotel All iz Well located at Paharganj
    • Hotel Sun International located at Paharganj
    • Hotel Sonu DX located at Paharganj
  • Budget or Two-Star Hotels

    • Hotel Ashoka Continental located at Paharganj
    • Hotel Royal Castle located at Chittaranjan Park
    • Hotel Chanchal Deluxe located at Paharganj
    • Hotel Radha Krishan located at Paharganj
    • The Golden Palms Hotel located at East Delhi
  • Cheap or One-Star Hotels

    • Hotel Glow Inn located at Paharganj
    • Hotel New King located at Paharganj
    • Hotel Shreeram Deluxe located at Paharganj
    • Hotel Sawera International located at Paharganj
    • Hotel Shivlok Palace Hotel located at Paharganj