Purana Qila (Old Fort) in Delhi

Purana Qila (Old Fort) Overview

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One of the oldest forts in India, the Pura Qila was constructed by the Afghan King, Sher Shah Suri on what was supposed to be Indraprastha, the capital of the Pandavas. The walls of the Old Fort rise to a height of 18 metres and are spread over 1.5 kilometres. The fort has three main entrances, the Bada Darwaza which faces west and is used as the entrance to the fort even today. The South Gate is known as the Humayun Gate and the third gate is called the Talaqi Gate or the forbidden gate.

All three gates are double storey structures constructed using sandstone and are surrounded by two large semicircular towers adorned with coloured marble embellishments and blue tile work. At the North and South Gates of the Purana Qila you will find beautiful balconies, chattris and pavilions which only add to the grandeur of the fort.

  • Opening Closing Time 5:30 am to 7pm

  • Entrance Fee Rs.5 (Indians), Rs.100 (foreigners), Rs.80 (entry for the sound and light show)

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Location

Mathura Road (near Delhi Zoo), New Delhi