After serving as the residence of the Mughal emperors for almost 200 years, New Delhi's UNESCO-listed Red Fort (Lal Qila) was taken over in 1857 by British conquerors who built drab barrack blocks for their own army inside the fortress walls. Even so, the Red Fort remains a dramatic and fascinating structure, surrounded by huge red-stone walls and featuring marble and sandstone monuments built using precious stones at the height of the Mughal Empire's power.
Fans of history and architecture will be in their element at the fort, which lies on the banks of the Yamuna River (the water of which was once used for the site's moat). The fortress walls house a number of important buildings and several museums for visitors to explore.
Most people combine their visit with a tour of the nearby Chandi Chowk Market. To experience the full extent of the sights and sounds of Delhi, book a full-day tour that covers both Old and New Delhi, whether on foot or via a custom itinerary that takes in the Red Fort plus a number of the city's other major attractions.
Insider's Tip: Every evening (except on Monday), the Red Fort is the setting for a flamboyant sound and light show that highlights key events associated with the history of the fort. Those interested in seeing the show can make a night of it by booking a tour that includes dinner and private hotel transfers.
The nearest metro station to the Red Fort is Chowri Bazaar. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30am to 4:30pm, the site can also be reached by taxi or auto-rickshaw. Tickets for international visitors also cover museum entrance fees.