Purana Qila or Old Fort at Delhi

Sher mandal of Purana QilaDelhi started from here, traditionally this place is known for Indraprastha mentioned in the Mahabharata. An archeological excavation in and around Purana Qila was completed in the year 1973. The remains of several prehistoric and to Sultan and Mughal period were found. Several sculptures and arts were on display at museum inside the fort.

Located in the center of Delhi city this place is close to India Gate, Pragati Maidan, Supreme court and many important places.

Close to the Purana qila, there is a zoo here which is close on Friday. One museum and a lake with boating facility are available close to the fort.
The Zoo remains open from 9 AM to 4.30 PM from 1st April to 15th Oct. From Oct 16th to March 31st the opening time is from 9.30 AM to 4 PM. Zoo remains closed on every Friday and 26th Jan and 15th Aug.

Entry fee to the fort is Rs 5/- for Indian and SAARC and BIMSTEC countries. No fee for a camera. Video filming is Rs 25 /- ( not for commercial use )
Children up to the age of 15 are free.
For foreigners fort and Archaeological museum it is Rs 100/-
Museum entry fee or Rs 5 is to separately purchased from the same booking counter.

Fort is open from sunrise to sunset. The archaeological museum is open from 10 AM to 5 PM ( Friday close ).

Sound and Light show on the history of Delhi and this fort. The timing of this show is here. There will be two shows in the evening the first one is in Hindi and the 2nd one is in English. Feb – April 7 to 8 PM ( Hindi ) 8.30 to 9.30 ( English )
May – Aug 7.30 to 8.30, 9.00 to 10.00
Sep-Oct 7 to 8 PM, 8.30 to 9.30
Nov – Jan 6 to 7 PM, 7.30 to 8.30
Ticket Price: Rs 80 Adult
Rs 40 for children 3 to 12 years, students, physically challenged and senior citizens.

There is a parking place and the food court is available near the Zoo.

This old fort was constructed by several rulers of Delhi and the main contribution came from Humayun and Sher Shah. There are gardens and green lawns around the monuments inside the fort. The main attraction of old fort is here.

Bada Darwaza ( Big Gate )

This is the main entrance of the fort, before entering buy your tickets. This 20-meter tall main gate structure is having 3 floors. This western gate was part of the main fortification with bastions on either side. There are Jharokhas and Chhatris are used for decorative purposes.

Qila-e-Kuhna Masjid

Qila-e-Kuhna Masjid inside Purana QilaBuilt by Sher Shah in the year 1541 the main prayer hall of this Masjid 51 meters by 15 meters, the center of the façade is 16.5 meters in height. For beatification mixture of red and yellow stand stone with white and black marble is used. The Mughal style of Jharokhas and octagonal turrets at the corners are visible in this Masjid.

Sher Mandal

This double storied octagonal shape structure is having an external diameter of 16 meters and the height from the base to top of the parapet is 13.5 meters. At the top there is a doomed chhatri ( pavilion ), it is said that this building was Humayun’s library. On Jan 20th, 1556 while coming down the stairs after hearing the call to prayer he fell down and severely injured. He died after 3 days.

Hammam ( the bathhouse )

This bathing place is in damaged condition. The ruins of terracotta pipes and ribbed water chute can still be seen in rooms. These bathhouses have provision for hot and cold water and even steam rooms. That was pert of Mughal culture.

Humayun Darwaza

This tall gate was actually constructed by Sher Shah. There are several artworks and decorative works are existing in all parts of this building. This building is mostly in damaged shape so avoid climbing up or enter inside. However many such entrances are now closed.

The total duration of the visit will be 2 to 3 hours and you can plan for light and sound show in evening.

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