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The Red Fort - (Lal Quila)

This Fort was built in the Mughal era by Emperor Shah Jahan who also built the famous Taj Mahal in Agra. Here re - enacts Delhi's tumultuous 5,000 year history. The Red Fort was the first place in Asia to have a sound and light show. The India Tourism Development Corporation started one there in 1965. It's since been upgraded, with the current show having commenced in 1996. While it may not have the special effects of some sound and light shows in India (lighting is only used to highlight buildings), its narration is quite good. This show can be watched on YouTube.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        What Time: Daily except Mondays. September to October: 7.00-8.00 p.m. (Hindi), 8.30-9.30 p.m. (English). November to January: 6.00-7.00 p.m. (Hindi), 7.30-8.30 p.m. (English). February to April: 7.00-8.00 p.m. (Hindi), 8.30-9.30 p.m. (English). May to August: 7.30-8.30 p.m. (Hindi), 9.00-10.00 p.m (English). 

Cost: Weekdays: 60 rupees (adults), 20 rupees (children aged three to 12). Weekends and government holidays: 80 rupees (adults), 30 rupees (children aged three to 12).
Where to Get Tickets: From the ticket booth at the Fort, up to an hour before the show starts.
Purana Quila - (Old Fort )

The sound and light show at south Delhi's underrated Purana Qila (Old Fort) is a relatively new and high tech one. Introduced in early 2011 after much anticipation, it's called "Ishq-e-Dilli" (Romancing Delhi) and shows the history of Delhi through its 10 cities, starting from the 11th century reign of Prithvi Raj Chauhan to the present day. It also traces Delhi's connection with the mythology of Mahabharata and Indraprastha. It uses cutting-edge projection and laser technology, including 3D in some parts. It's possible to watch the whole show on YouTube.

What Time: September to October: 7.00-8.00 p.m. (Hindi), 8.30-9.30 p.m. (English). November to January: 6.00-7.00 p.m. (Hindi), 7.30-8.30 p.m. (English). February to April: 7.00-8.00 p.m. (Hindi), 8.30-9.30 p.m. (English). May to August: 7.30-8.30 p.m. (Hindi), 9.00-10.00 p.m (English).

Cost: 80 rupees (adults), 40 rupees (children aged three to 12).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Where to Get Tickets: From the ticket booth at the Fort, up to an hour before the show starts.

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