|Opening Times||:||Sunrise to Sunset (Closed Mondays)|
|Entry Price||:||– Indian: 35 Rupees |
– Foreigners: 500 Rupees (£5.30/$7.60)
– No charge for taking a camera in for pictures but there is a 25 Rupee (around £0.27/$0.38) charge for filming anything.
|Location||:||Netaji Subhash Marg, Lal Qila, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006|
|Nearest Metro||:||Lal Quila (Violet Line) or Chandni Chowk (Yellow Line)|
Built in the 1600’s by Shah Jahan (the bloke who built the Taj Mahal) the Red Fort was his palace when he moved the capital from Agra to where Delhi now resides. This sprawling fort, originally called Qila-e-Mubarak (Blessed Fort), was the seat of power of the Mughal Empire for nearly 200 years.
The Fort, originally red and white because those were Shah Jahan’s favourite colours, was designed by the same architect who designed the Taj Mahal. Constructed from red sandstone, this fort shows signs of typical Mughal architecture, mixed with Persian influences and was an influence on many grand building in Northern India.
After Delhi was invaded in the mid 1700’s by Persian plunderer Nadir Shah and his forces, the Red Fort had been stripped of its riches and was now set for demise. The successor to Shah Jahan wasn’t great with money management and the Forts condition worsened.
At the end of the Mughal reign, after a local uprising against the British, Britain sanctioned the removal of goods (or as I like to call it, theft) and the destruction of property – two thirds of the internal structure of the fort was destroyed.
It wasn’t until the early 1900’s that repairs and restoration occurred under the order from one Lord Curzon.
Fun Fact: The moat around the Fort, now dried out, is now home to thousands of Marijuana plants. Native to India (and central Asia), the plants have taken root and have spread prolifically.