Purana Qila also known as Old Fort was built during the 16th century and is one of the so-called seven cities of Delhi. It is a popular belief that this fort is built on the ruins of the ancient state of Indraprastha (City of Indra) described in the Mahabharata epic, though archeological excavations have till date failed to unearth conclusive evidence of that.
Visiting Purana Qila
The construction work of the Purana Qila was started by the Mughal emperor Humayun and was completed by the Afghan ruler Sher Shah. This impressive and grand edifice blends Mughal, Afghan and Hindu architectural styles. The architectural splendor of the Purana Qila in Delhi draws in thousands of travelers from all over the world. The pristine lake located adjacent to it - the remains of the moat that once protected the fort - enhances its beauty. Once at the lake, you can choose to go for a boat or 'shikara' ride.
If you happen to be in the area after dark, stay for the light and sound show that is shown within the Purana Qila. It is quite impressive and well worth the time.
Visit Duration : 2 hours
Opening Time : 9:00 AM
Closing Time : 6:00 PM