Light and Sound Shows: A Nocturnal View of Delhi’s History

Delhi’s night life consists of way more things than just clubbing and discotheques. Being laden with history, the city offers a wonderful treat in two of its most beautiful monuments – The Red Fort and the Purana Qila (Old Fort). In two spectacular light and sound shows, dazzling with bright and colourful lights one can get a quick take on Delhi’s 5000 years old history.

Red Fort

At the Red Fort immersed with bright red, yellow and purple lights one can almost imagine the reign of the Mughals in Delhi. The show specially focuses on the ways in which the Mughal period of Delhi evolved. Both the Diwan-i-Am and Diwan-i-Khas of the Red Fort come alive with the captivating oratory that accompanies the light and musical show. The show made its debut sometime in the 1960s and was the first of its kind in the whole of Asia. Though the special effects involved in the show are limited when compared to the one that is staged at the Old Fort, the majestic architecture of the Red Fort more than makes up for it.

red fort- light & sound

Where: Red Fort

Timings: 7.30 pm to 8.30pm (Hindi) and 9pm to 10 pm (English)

Ticket: Weekdays: Rs. 60 for adults and Rs. 20 for children
Weekends (Saturday, Sunday & Government Holidays): Rs. 80 for adults and Rs. 30 for children

Closed on Mondays

Tickets are available one hour before the show starts at the Red Fort ticket booth. Tickets are also available at Ashok Travels and Tours counters at Hotel Ashok, Samrat, Janpath Hotel between 11 am to 5 pm.

Old Fort

On the other hand, the show, Ishq-i-Dilli, at the Old Fort provides a very wide sweep of Delhi’s history narrating the story of ten cities of Delhi starting from Prithvi Raj Chauhan and ending with post independent India! The 3D effects, laser beams, and multi coloured lights that bathe the walls of the Fort, are a delight for the senses. From Razia Sultana to the poetry of Amir Khusro, this show seeks to provide a glimpse of both – the war afflicted city as well as the rich cultural centre that it once used to be. Though a relatively recent offering, started only in 2011, the show brings back Delhi’s rich and tumultuous past to life.

old fort- light and sound

Purana Qila/Old Fort

Timings: 7.30pm to 8.30pm (Hindi) and 9pm to 10pm (English)

Ticket: Rs. 100 for adults and Rs. 50 for children,students, physically challenged & Sr. Citizens
Friday Closed

Tickets are available one hour before the show starts at the Purana Quila ticket booth. Tickets can be booked online here.

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