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Visit Old Fort

Located on the site of Indraprastha, which is said to date back to nearly more than 5000 years old, the Old Fort is the oldest known structure of Delhi. It was commissioned

Located on the site of Indraprastha, which is said to date back to nearly more than 5000 years old, the Old Fort is the oldest known structure of Delhi. It was commissioned by Humayun, the Mughal emperor and was carried by the Afghan King Sher Shah Suri and later completed by Islam Shah.

History says that after defeating Humayun in the year 1540, Sher Shah Suri, the founder of the Suri Dynasty, raised the citadel of Purana-Qila with an extensive city-area. After his death his son Islam Shah took over it but later shifted his capital to Gwalior and the Old Fort or the Purana Quila was handed over to Hemu, the Hindu General.

Standing amidst wild greenery, the fort have three gateways provided with bastions, the Bara Darwaza (Big Gate) facing west, which is still in use today; the south gate, also popularly known as the 'Humayun Gate'; and lastly, the Talaqi Gate, often known as the "forbidden gate". The fort also maintains a single domed mosque, the Qila-i-Kuhna Mosque that was built by Sher Shah Suri and several other monuments.

The site is open all days for the tourists and is close to the Pragati Maidan metro station. Tourists can also enjoy the spectacular sound and light show held every evening. The Delhi Zoo is another nearby attraction from the Purana Quila Delhi.

Timing

All days of the week 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

PREFFERED BY

History Buffs ,Experience Seekers ,Photo Fanatics

TIME SPENT

2 to 3 hours

ENTRY FEE

Rs 5 - 10 per person for Indians Rs 100 per person for Foreign tourists Rs 25 per person for Camcorder

Quick Info

  • Attractions

    Heritage
  • Altitude

    239 m
  • STD Code

    011
  • Best Season

    February - April, August – November
  • State/Code

    /110xxx
  • LANGUAGES

    Hindi, English, Urdu and Punjabi