Best time to visit11:00 AM 3:00 PM
Things to doThe nearest metro station is the Pragati Maidan metro station. Ideal for history buffs
BudgetRs 5 for Indians Rs 100 for foreigners. Charges for video photography are applicable.
Best MonthsAll year
Traveller TypesFamilies, Friends, Couples
Rank38 out of 370 attractions in New Delhi
This is yet another of the Mughal gems and a clear picture of the standard and grandeur of the Mughal designs and styles. It was started by Emperor Humayun but later taken over by Sher Shah Suri. Later Humayun again captured it from Sher Shahs son. The Purana Qila is said to have been built at the banks of the River Yamuna when it had not changed its course and guarded the estate of Indraprastha, mentioned in the Mahabharata. This is also the only monument that has not been named after the one who built it as all the structures inside this was named and renamed with the transfer of ownership every time. The main motive behind the initiation of this monument was that Humayun wanted to build a city on his own. There are three main gateways inside the fort namely Humayun Darwaza, Bara Darwaza and the Talaqui Darwaza. Among these the last one was always closed. The other famous structures inside the Purana Qila are the Qila-e-Kunha Masjid, Sher Mandal observatory and a small museum.
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4. Purana Quila (Old Fort) - It is one of the oldest fort in Delhi and is adjacent to the Delhi Zoo. Along with the Architectural beauty there are gardens which are well maintained. Nearest Metro Station - Pragati Maidan Metro, Khan Market Metro.
The entrance was quite royal and large made of red sandstone. There are large open spaces between the different monuments and most of them are in a tattered state. There is a lake attached to the walls of the Qila. There is a mosque inside of it and this is the only place which is a bit maintained. It is double- storeyed and made of both red and white stones. Passing by there is a structure which is used as an observatory by the royal kings. Though you could not get inside of the place but you can admire the structure from outside. You can also pay a visit to the archaeological museum inside.
2. The Delhi Dance Festival at Purana Qila (Night Ride)The festival organised by the Sahitya Kala Parishad and Dept of Art, Culture & Languages, Govt of Delhi. “The idea behind the Old Delhi Dance Festival to juxtapose cultural heritage with structural heritage was a wonderful concept. The Purana Qila presents a poignant background to the performance of India’s most notable classical dance forms, some of whom originated centuries back in ancient and medieval times,” said Bharatnatyam exponent Leela Samson.Entry : Free (Seating on First-Come First-Served Basis)
"Ishq-E-Dilli" or Love of Delhi, India's first architectural projection sound and light show at Purana Quila (Old Fort). An appropriate expression indeed, of what Delhi is all about. A saga of destructions and creations, of a new city built every time to be subsumed by a newer one.Note: Do confirm the timings beforehand, because they vary with season.
Purana Qila : Purana Qila (translation: Old Fort), is one the oldest forts in Delhi. Its current form was built by the Afghan king Sher Shah Suri, on a site which was perhaps that of Indraprastha, the legendary capital of the Pandavas. Sher Shah raised the citadel of Purana-Qal'a with an extensive city-area sprawling around it. It seems that the Purana-Qal'a was still incomplete at Sher Shah's death in 1545, and was perhaps completed by his son Islam Shah , although it is not certain which parts were built by whom. Indraprastha is said to be founded by the Pandavas on the banks of the perennial river Yamuna, which would date the site back 5000 years. Consequently, the fort is considered by some to be 'the first city of Delhi'. Researchers now confirm that until 1913, a village called Indrapat existed within the fort walls.
Purana Qila is one of the oldest forts in India. An admirable quality of this monument is that those not fascinated by history can also enjoy the place because of its sprawling spaces. Surrounded by a moat through which once the Yamuna meandered, has made way for a man-made lake offering boat rides. The fort is also famous because Humanyun, the Mughal Emperor died falling from the second floor, while he was hurrying for evening prayers.
Old Fort is adjacent to the National Zoological Park and is near to the Pragati Maidan Metro Station. It is today the site for evening cultural programs and light and sound shows. It also has a museum within its premises which tells tales of its existence. It is most beautiful when in monsoons and winters. People generally go boating in the lake which rests at the back side of the fort.