|Cycle Rickshaw to The Red Fort|
We took a cycle rickshaw from Chandni Chowk to The Red Fort. We had no idea of what the trip would involve and the time required for a visit to Lal Qila in Old Delhi.
|At the entrance|
We took a number of photos from the outside, having no clue that there was a lot to see within. It was already 4 pm. I waited outside while Vinitha went down a few steps to buy the entry tickets. She called me after 10 minutes to ask me to come down too.
|In front of the Lal Qila|
Vinitha was standing in a queue. We had to deposit our bags there, I believe. It looked like it would take us at least half-an-hour just to get into the fort and maybe a couple of hours to look around. That’s when we decided to forget the whole thing. Vini got out of the queue and we came out. We took a few more pictures and left the place to go to Jama Masjid.
|Pigeons on the grounds at the front of The Red Fort|
The Red Fort or Lal Qila was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and the construction took ten years to complete, beginning in 1638 and finishing in 1648. The Red Fort has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The fort lies along the Yamuna River, which fed the moats that surround most of the wall.
|The entrance to The Red Fort. You can see the dried up moat|
1. The Red Fort is open for visitors from Tuesday to Sunday. Monday is a holiday.
2. Tickets cost Rs. 10 for Indians and Rs. 150 for foreigners.
3. Timing: 9.30 am to 4.30 pm for entry
4. There is a Sound & Light show that is considered quite popular here. This is conducted in Hindi and English. Click here for details of tickets and timings. My advice is to call the number mentioned in the link before visiting as the ticket rates and timings may change.
5. Bags need to be deposited at the ticket counter.
6. You can take your camera inside The Red Fort and need not pay extra for the same.
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|That's Vini wearing the nylon moushtache & beard that was sold at the gates|