Red Fort

Red Fort showing heritage architecture and a castle
Choose one or more items to build your trip:
Choose one or more items to build your trip:
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

The Metropolitan Hotel and Spa New Delhi
The Metropolitan Hotel and Spa New Delhi
5 out of 5
Bangla Sahib Road, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi N.C.R, 110 001
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $111 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 4
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in New Delhi. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,002 reviews)
"Everything was good except one thing. From the staff, 4 people came forward to put my 4 bags in taxi and each of them expected tip. Actually it was a job of just 1 person."

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2022

Haveli Dharampura
Haveli Dharampura
5 out of 5
2293, Gali Guliyan, Dharampura, Delhi-6, Near Jama Masjid Gate No. 3, New Delhi, 110006
The price is $160 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 4
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in New Delhi. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (115 reviews)
"Amazing historic property in the madness of downtown old Delhi. Impossible to find without help if you are a foreigner, or to get a ride directly to the front door, but the uniqueness of the place and the extraordinary facilities and service make the stay an incredible experience."

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2022

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, 110006
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in New Delhi. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the breakfast and the WiFi ...
3.7/5 Good! (256 reviews)
Tara Palace - still a shining star
"My Tara Palace is as good as ever. The staff are still the best in Delhi. The food is fantastic. The location in Chandni Chowk is convenient and comfortable. It will always be my home in Delhi!"

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2022

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit


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, 110014
Haveli Dharampura
Haveli Dharampura
5 out of 5
2293, Gali Guliyan, Dharampura, Delhi-6, Near Jama Masjid Gate No. 3, New Delhi, 110006
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, 110006
The Metropolitan Hotel and Spa New Delhi
The Metropolitan Hotel and Spa New Delhi
5 out of 5
Bangla Sahib Road, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi N.C.R, 110 001
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, 110001
The LaLiT New Delhi
The LaLiT New Delhi
5 out of 5
Barakhamba Avenue, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi N.C.R, 110001
The Prime Balaji Deluxe @ New Delhi Railway Station
The Prime Balaji Deluxe @ New Delhi Railway Station
3.5 out of 5
8574, Arakashan Road, Behind Shiela Cinema, Pahargunj, New Delhi, Delhi N.C.R, 110055
Maidens Hotel, Delhi
Maidens Hotel, Delhi
5 out of 5
7 Sham Nath Marg, New Delhi, Delhi N.C.R, 110054
Hotel City Star
Hotel City Star
3 out of 5
8718 D.B. Gupta Road Paharganj, New Delhi, Delhi N.C.R, 110055
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.