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#8 of 1161 Places To Visit in New Delhi
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Mathura Road, Near Delhi Zoo, New Delhi, Delhi 110003, India
+91-11-24647005 +91-11-23365358
entry fee
per person for Indians
per person for Foreign tourists
per person for Camcorder
All days of the week
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
visit duration
2 to 3 hours

how to reach purana qila

Located in Mathura Road, Purana Qila is an amazing destination. It is a must visit place for all history lovers.To reach Purana Qila comfortably, take the Delhi metro till Pragati Maidan Station (Blue Line). One can also hire a cab to reach this beautiful destination. Do travel safely and enjoy your time in Delhi!

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about purana qila

Delhi, being a historical city, has many structures, sites, and monuments. Purana Qila happens to be just one of them. It is known to be the oldest structure ever built in the city. It was built by Humayun in 1533 and later, when the city came under the rule of Sher Shah Suri, further construction works were carried out. Talaqi Darwaza and Humayun Darwaza of this partly-in-ruins monument are examples of the amalgamation of Hindu and Islamic architectural styles.

It's interesting to note that this masterpiece was once the site of Indraprastha, the capital city during the rule of the Pandavas. The same site was the city of Dina Panah during Humayun's rule, after which Sher Shah Suri took over. He eventually raised the stature and significance of the citadel at Purana Qila by building a sprawling city-area around it, with the qila being in the center. The city around the citadel was accompanied with two huge gates towards its west - the Kabuli or Lal Darwaza and the Kotla-Firoz Shah Gate on the Delhi-Mathura Road.

The Purana Qila is home to Qal'a-i-Kuhna-Masjid, which boasts of the Mughal style of architecture. The western end of the courtyard has a shallow tank in the middle, which originally had a fountain running in between them. The monument is replete with arches that are built in the shape of lotus cusps. It contains a series of decorative bands with inscriptions in myriad geometric designs.

The design of the central mihrab is unique, where the technique of one recess sinking into the other has been applied. The northern and southern sides above the side entrances consist of oriel windows, which admit light into the entire qila. To the south of the qila is Sher Mandal, which is believed to have been used as a pleasure-tower. Originally constructed as a pleasure-tower, it was used by Humayun as his library. One theory of his death is that he fell from the stairs of this library and died.

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Reema Bhalla
Reema Bhalla
Lovely fort
Jan 11 2016
I have visited this fort. Its just breathtaking. 5 rupee per person is totally worth. Oldest yet beautiful.
Prashant Yv
Prashant Yv
Feb 20 2015
Amazing place right in heart of the city. Go and explore the old fort, take a boat ride, solve the mysteries and feel the history.