The Magnificent Purana Qila or the Old Fort

Old Fort in Delhi
Huge red sandstone ramparts of the Old Fort in Delhi and the adjoining lake
Old Fort in Delhi
Huge red sandstone ramparts of the Old Fort in Delhi and the adjoining lake

One of the top places to see in Delhi, the Purana Qila or the Old Fort has a lot in store for its visitors. It was built under Sher Shah Suri and is considered to be the capital of the Pandavas. Stretched across two kilometers in length, the huge red sandstone ramparts of the fort emphasize on the historical valor and aura of the times the fort must have witnessed.

Key attractions:

  • The magnificent three gateways – Bara Darwaza, Humayun Darwaza and Talaqi Darwaza
  • Qila-i-Kuhna Mosque – A fine example of pre-Mughal architectural style, it is a single domed mosque with pointed arches and five doorways. The blend of white marble with red sandstone looks impressive.
  • Sher Mandal – It is a double storeyed tower made of red sandstone. It is also said that Humayun fell from the second floor of this tower and died because of his injuries.
  • Museum – These is also a museum inside the Purana Qila complex that preserves and displays the various excavations that were found in the area.
  • A Light and Sound Show- It is held in the evening inside the fort. It beautifully presents and highlights the numerous stories associated with the history of Delhi and the fort.
  • Boating – A ride in the Purana Qila lake is a must when you visit the fort, especially when the weather is pleasant.
  • Other structures in the compound of Purana Qila – Kairul Manzil, stepped well (baoli)

Quick Tips:

  • Still cameras are allowed inside for free. The entry of video cameras is chargeable.
  • Gear to protect yourself from mosquito bites in the evening
  • You can also visit other tourist places near the Old Fort like the Delhi Zoo, India Gate, Children’s Park, Nizam-ud-din’s shrine or shop at nearby markets including Connaught Place, Palika Bazaar, Janpath and Sunder Nagar Market.

Location: Indraprastha Purna Qila, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi

Nearest Metro Station: Pragati Maidan

Visiting Hours: Sunrise to Sunset (Open all days)

Entry fee: Rs. 5 (Indians), Rs. 100 (Foreigners)

Time required to explore the fort: 1.5 to 2 hours


To know more, you may refer to the following:

About Purana Qila

About Delhi

Tourist places in Delhi

Delhi Map

Delhi Metro Map

How to reach Delhi