Thursday, 8 March 2012

2.26.12: Red Fort, India

Popularly known as Lal Qi'lah or Lal Qila to the locals, this fort was constructed in the 17th Century to serve as a residence to the Mughal Emperors.  It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2007.

Days Open:  Tuesday to Sunday.  Closed on Mondays
Entrance Fee:  250 Indian Rupees for Foreigners and 10 Indian Rupees for Indians

I have been to Forts before but I haven't been in a fort this scale.  According to wikipedia, it is at least 121 acres long.  This one is particularly interesting as it served as a residence for the Mughal Emperors.  Inside, you will find dance halls, baths, gardens and apartment halls for the royalties.  The architecture is very interesting too.

  • Come early as the queue builds up after lunch time.
  • Be prepared to walk.  As I mentioned, the queue is long and leg strength is needed to go around the area.
  • Bring money if you are interested to buy souvenirs.  There are at least 10 stalls selling everything Indian.  :)
  • Bring lots of water.  I didn't see any store selling food or drinks.  I am not sure if you are allowed to bring drinks though.  There are some places that restricts bringing food like Taj Mahal.

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