Light & Sound Show in Red Fort of Delhi is a major tourist attraction. It is conducted to depict various historical, architectural and strategic aspects of the fort. Therefore, before coming to the Light and Sound Show in Red Fort, it is good to know about it first. Red Fort is situated in Delhi. Delhi has been the capital of the Mughal emperors and they had enriched it with many historical buildings. Red Fort is one of the outstanding buildings of that time and now one of the most popular monuments of the country. It was constructed by the 5th Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. In 1639, Shah Jahan decided to shift capital to Delhi from Agra. The construction work ended in 1648. The construction work of the fort was done by Ustad Ahmad. It was the most expensive building of that time. The fort is spread over area about 256 acres and has height of around 33 meters. In starting, it was known as ‘Qila- e- Mubarak’. Since it was constructed by using red sandstone, it was named as ‘Lal Qila’. If the fort is watched from the height above the fort, the shape of fort seems as an irregular octagon.
The fort has two gates – one is Lahori Gate and the other is Delhi Gate. Lahori Gate was named thus as it was faced towards Lahore. It is the main gate of the fort. The fort is situated at the bank of river Yamuna and the gulf around the fort is filled with the water of Yamuna. Red Fort holds a significant importance. Every year on the occasion of Independence Day, the Prime Minister of India hoists the national flag and addresses Indians from Red Fort. Red Fort has also made its position in UNESCO’s World Heritage site in 2007. It was a prudently planned layout and magnificent structure. The fort has undergone many changes during British rule, but it has been able to maintain its allurement of its captivating architecture.
The different prominent parts of red fort are as follows: Diwan-e-aam, Diwan-e-khas, Tashib-khana, Nahr-e-bihisht, Mumtaz Mahal, Naubatkhana, Hammam, Moti Maszid, Hayat Bakhsh Bagh, Chhatta Chowk, Zafar Mahal, baoli, Rang Mahal & Hira Mahal.
Light and Sound Show of Red Fort is of the duration of one hour. During this duration the different famous parts of the fort are showcased with light effect on them while a voice is used as a voice of time and documentation are used in between to describe the history of the Mughal, Delhi and India after the construction of the fort. The India during Mughal emperor Shah Jahan is also described. It was the 7th time when Delhi was developed as new city. Light and Sound Show in Red Fort also describes the life, glory and politics of the Mughal in Delhi of that time. The show also gives a brief about the degradation of Mughal emperors. The show also gives a glimpse of music, culture, art and lifestyle in between the description of the Mughal and the fort. It also gives a brief of efforts for freedom of India from British. It is the place from where first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru delivered speech on the first Independence Day. That speech is also presented. After this, the show ends with the national anthem of India. If you are going Delhi for a visit, you should not miss this show.
Location: Location of Red Fort is Netaji Subhash Marg, near Chandani Chowk. Nearest metro station to visit Red Fort is ‘Chandni Chowk metro station’ (yellow line). One can also reach by hiring an auto or cab.
Opening days: Red Fort is open on all days except Monday.
Timing of the Show: The show is in two languages, first Hindi and second in English. Timing of the light and sound show has some variations in different months, as follows:
For Hindi Show: In the months from May to August timing is from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
In September and October timing is from 7 pm to 8 pm
In the months from November to January from 6 pm to 7 pm
In the months from February to April from 7 pm to 8 pm
For English Show: In the months from May to August timing is from 9 pm to 10 pm
In September and October timing is from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm
In the months from November to January from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
In the months from February to April from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Ticket Prices on Weekdays: For adults: Rs. 60 per adult
For children (3 to 12 yrs.): Rs. 20 per child
Rs. 500 per person for foreign tourists.
Ticket Prices on Weekends: For adults: Rs. 80 per adult
For children (3 to 12 yrs.): Rs. 30 per child
Rs. 500 per person for foreign tourists.