Purana Qila

Purana Qila Travel Map

Purana Qila or the Old Fort is situated at Pragati Maidan, which is the famous site for organising the annual India International Trade Fair or IITF. There are four giant gateways at this site along with a huge lake, providing the facility of boating to the visitors. It also has an observatory and a library, which give a glimpse of people living during the rule of Afghans and Mughals in Delhi.The Purana Qila was built by the Mughal Emperor Humayun from 1533 to 1538 and was renamed as Shergarh by Sher Shah Suri in 1540. It has walls measuring 18 m in height and 1.5 km in length. The gateways of this fort are called as Bara Darwaza, Talaqi Gate and Humayun Gate. All these gateways are beautifully decorated with tiles, marble inlays, jharokhas, pillared pavilions and many more. It is also known for places like Qila-i-Kuhna Mosque that was built by Sher Shah Suri. There is a Sher Shah Suri Gate or Lal Darwaza, Bhairav Mandir and Khairul Manzil inside this fort.Light and sound show organised in the Purana Qila represents the aristocratic lifestyle of the Mughal rulers. The show is organised by Delhi Tourism that depicts more than 5,000 years old history of Delhi.Creation of Indraprastha, fight between Sher Shah Suri and Humayun and Bahadur Shah surrendering to Britishers are some of the events organised at this site. Besides, tourists can also enjoy shows like Prithviraj Chauhan galloping away with Sanyogita and Draupadi as a dasi. Around 62 minutes show is organised every evening with the help of latest technology and special effects. The entry ticket for this show is available at the Old Fort, which is conducted in Hindi and English.

Other Places To Visit In Delhi
Akshardham
Qutub Minar
India Gate
Hauz Khas Village
Rashtrapati Bhavan
Connaught Place

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