Top 5 Things to Do in The Red Fort Delhi

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If you are lucky enough to live in the capital city of India, I would advise you not to take the rich heritage of this beautiful city for granted. With seven iterations before its present avatar, Delhi has a fascinating history. Its most modern version – New Delhi – therefore has much to offer culture afficionados, history buffs, tourists, and people interested in learning about interesting things. At the very heart of Delhi is the iconic monument called the Red Fort. As the chosen location for the Prime Minister’s national address every Independence Day, and where the famous annual Ram Leela performance takes place, this place needs no introduction. However, many people don’t know about its other fascinating offerings. In recent years, after a major revamp of the grounds, the place has become a top-class tourist site, at par with the world’s most visited heritage spots. In fact, it also bears a UNESCO World Heritage Site badge itself. So, when you do plan a visit here, save this post because these are the top 5 things to do in the Red Fort Delhi.

Top 5 Things to do in the Red Fort Delhi

TOP 5 THINGS TO DO IN THE RED FORT DELHI:

  • TAKE A GUIDED TOUR

To really delve into the history of any place, a guided tour by an expert is often the best way to go. I visited one of the museums at the Red Fort Delhi a couple of years ago and had already learnt a lot about this monument during that visit. For my most recent visit with Mister Tikku, we had another guide with us who offered more information. We learnt about the construction of the original structure, the barracks which were added later by the British Army and then used by the Indian army till about twenty years ago, and the area’s recent conversion to a recreation space. The former barracks now house museums with information on the architecture of the fort, India’s struggle for independence and other important aspects of Indian history.

If you are not one for a guided tour, you can instead visit the popular Sound and Light Show that narrates the history of this monument and its construction by the Mughals. A unique and entertaining way to learn about the Red Fort Delhi for sure!

Timings for Sound and Light Show:

May-August: 7:30-8:30 PM in Hindi / 9:00-10:00 PM in English

September-October & February-April: 7:00-8:00 PM in Hindi / 8:30-9:30 PM in English

November-January: 6:00-7:00 PM in Hindi / 7:30-8:30 PM in English

Ticket Price: Rs 60 per adult / Rs 20 per child weekdays

                     Rs 80 per adult / Rs 30 per child weekends

  • SHOP AT THE PICTURESQUE CHATTA BAZAAR

When the Mughals built forts, they did so keeping in mind that these structures would need to function as self-sufficient units. Since their women were in seclusion or purdah, arrangements were made within the fort for their entertainment and pleasure. The Chatta Bazaar was also made for the same purpose – so that the women of the household could shop to their heart’s delight at their doorstep. Now repurposed as a modern souvenir market, one can buy affordably priced trinkets and keepsakes from here. Choose from jewellery, bags, unique fridge magnets, rugs and other home accessories too.

Shop for little trinkets like this fridge magnet at Chatta Bazaar
  • ADMIRE THE BREATHTAKING ARCHITECTURAL BEAUTY OF THE MONUMENT

Built in a typical Mughal architectural style, there is much to admire about the buildings in the Red Fort Delhi. The Mughals based their architecture on principles of geometry, which is why their buildings are stunning and delightful to look at. Interesting elements like the symmetrical colonnades, which from afar look like just one column yet are 12 in number, are true marvels of architecture. One can see the beautiful inlaid marble work in the Diwan-I-Aam and Diwan-I-Khas buildings, as well as the location where the famous Peacock Throne sat. Offsetting this ornate style is the more structured and modern British architecture seen in the Barracks. Admiring this confluence of styles is certainly one of the top things to do at the Red Fort Delhi.

  • STROLL THROUGH GORGEOUS GARDENS

The green expanse of the city of Delhi is certainly a huge blessing for those who live here. It is a real privilege to be able to stroll through beautifully manicured lawns and admire the beauty of nature. And no one made gardens better than the Mughals. The lawns within the Red Fort Delhi also live up to the grandeur of those times. If you decide to visit as a family in pleasant weather months, you will certainly enjoy taking a stroll through these gorgeous lawns.

  • ENJOY AN AFFORDABLE AND YUMMY MEAL AT CAFÉ DELHI HEIGHTS

The newest addition to this list of top things to do at the Red Fort Delhi is to be able to eat a delicious meal at one of Delhi’s favourite restaurant chains – Café Delhi Heights, which has just opened its doors here. Affordably priced and set within a beautiful historic backdrop, a meal here is certainly a memorable one. You can choose from a selection of their best vegetarian delights (sadly, non-veg food is not offered here), and their yummy desserts. It is undoubtedly the best way to round up your visit to the Red Fort Delhi.

Top 5 things to do in Red Fort Delhi

So, here are my suggestions for the top things to do in the Red Fort Delhi. When was the last time you visited this iconic monument? Do you have anything to add to this list? Do share in the comments below!

Read my suggestion for top things to do in Chandni Chowk in Delhi here.

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This blog post is part of the blog challenge ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’ hosted by Cindy D’Silva and Noor Anand Chawla and is in collaboration with Baked Happily Ever After.

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40 comments

  1. Spend some important and eventful years of my life in the capital city and Red Fort hold a special place in my heart not just for its historic importance but also for some life events. Thank you Noor for refreshing my memory through this post.

  2. This is so much to what I actually had in my mind about Red Fort I visited it when I was little and there is so much development, this will be a good place for revisit.

  3. Amazing place! Obviously, I haven’t been to India and I really love this kind of articles where I get to see places as you tour them. I feel like exploring them at the same time as you!

  4. It may sound funny Noor, but I haven’t been to Delhi 😬. Dunno why, it never happened. Anyway, I love visiting monuments and Delhi is ‘the’ place to be for so many of them. Thank you for this detailed and helpful post… n so nice of you to mention the timings for the show… 😊

      1. I stopped very briefly in Delhi on my way to Kulu. In that little time I managed to catch the light and sound show at night. It was an experience I will not forget….had goosebumps by the end of it. Since i caught the night show i couldn’t see around the fort much. That is pending.

  5. We used to visit Red For when we lived in Delhi. That was such a long time ago. I didn’t know there is a new cafe opened within the premises. Time to visit it again soon.

  6. Noor – your post and Twitter snippets brought back fonds memories from a school trip to Red Fort mixed with visual updates of things that have changed over the years.
    Like something old and something new stitched together.

  7. I think this time when I visit Delhi, I must visit Red fort. All these monuments amaze me with their architectural beauty. And having a guide is must as you got to know so many things which you are not aware. Thanks for this reminde noor.

  8. I visited the Red Fort long back as a kid and don’t remember much. It’s historical significance and architecture truly make it special.

  9. It has been ages since I visited the Red Fort. Quite true that one takes the home city’s cultural heritage for granted. I recall watching your reel on this. Definitely saving the post for later.

  10. I see all the familiar faces here Noor! Oh you people had so much fun! Red Fort is such a charming place! I too had a great time there with my college friends. Visiting ina group has its own charm!

  11. I have been to Delhi several times for office work but could never explore the city. I would love to follow this guide to make my trip to Red Fort more memorable.

  12. I’ve been to Delhi only once and very fleetingly (we only visited Bangla Sahib), but history and stories are like in Delhi’s air. It’s a vibe! I hope to visit Delhi soon again and at leisure. Bookmarking your post so the Universe gets my message 😀

  13. I am surely going to visit Red fort next time I am in Delhi. I did years ago, but recall little. I love the magnet you are holding. Thank you for such an insightful post. On my bucket list for sure.

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