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Old Fort (Purana Qila), Delhi

Old Fort Delhi


The Old Fort of Delhi, which is also known from the past as Purana Qila, is a large for that was built on the same spot where Indraprastha was located in. This fort was held by many rulers over time and features a large amount of spaces that were inspired by both Hindu and Afghan cultures.

History of Old Fort

The Old Fort was built in the middle part of the sixteenth century by Sher Shah Suri. This was built after he had defeated Humayun and then conquered the city of Dinpanah. The fort was constructed with red sandstone and was made as a home for the ruler of the land to use. Humayun would eventually take over the fort after he recaptured this part of India a few years after the fort?s construction began. This is a key reason as to why the fort has a combination of both Afghan and Hindu influences in its design.

Interestingly enough, the fort had been out of use for much of the time after Humayun's death. This is because Humayun slipped on a stairwell in the Old Fort in 1556 and later died from his injuries. This caused some to believe that the fort was cursed. They then left in favour of another fort.

The Old Fort is located quite close to Humayun’s Tomb and India Gate. It is believed that the construction of the fort was started by Humayun, one of the greatest rulers of his dynasty. But later on Sher Shah defeated Humayun, took over the citadel and completed the structure. Also there is a small lake near the Old Fort which caters to the boating facilities for the tourists.

The three gates are double storied and built with red sandstone. The Humayun Darwaza and the Bara Darwaza were the two gates that were only meant for entering the fort. Today only the Bara Darwaza is opened for entry. The Talaqui Darwaza is located to the northern side of the fort and entry was prohibited through the Talaqi Darwaza as the name suggests. Talaqi means ‘forbidden'.

The Old Fort houses a number of amazing buildings which include Quila Kuhna Masjid and the Sher Mandal. Both were built by Sher Shah in a grand style. The masjid is built in a fusion of marble and sandstone. There is a prayer hall in the masjid and has five doorways with horse shoe shaped arches. The Sher Mandal is now an observatory. It was designed for entertainment purpose. The structure and style of the building suggests its architectural magnificence. Once upon a time the Sher Mahal was used by Sher Shah as his own library.

You must not miss the Sound and Light Show at the Old Fort. The show presents the history of the Delhi Old Fort which dates back to 5000 years. The most amazing part is that the nine pools of water come alive in the light which is captivating!

Best Time to Visit Old Fort

The best time to visit Delhi is between October and March, when the weather is very pleasant. Most cultural events take place in winter and Delhi is socially very active. By February the flowers are in bloom and the city is really quite pretty then. Summers are searing hot and dry, so do come prepared for the weather.


You can visit the Old Fort all year round but be sure of the opening and the closing time. The Fort is open on all days of the week from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Entry Fees - Rs.5 (Indians), Rs.100 (foreigners)

Boating Timings at Purana Qila:

1st April to 30th September : 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

1st October to 31st March : 11:00 am - 6:00 pm


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