Purana Quila is a fortress built in the 16th century to protect the sixth capital of Delhi, the city of Dinapanah, founded by the Mughal emperor Humayun A magnificent example of military architecture in the capital of India. The old fortress of Delhi (Purana Quila) is located in the heart of the city, not far from the Gate of India and the Delhi Zoo . The nearest metro station is Pragati Maidan.
For Indians, the place where the mighty impregnable fortress stands is of particular importance: according to legend, it was here that the capital of the Kings of the Pandavas was located, which is narrated in Mahabharata.
Architectural ensemble of the Old Fortress
The fortress of red sandstone is well preserved. Three gates lead to it, framed by semicircular towers, decorated with marble and ceramic tiles: The large gate is the only one open today, the southern gate is Brama Humayun and the Forbidden Gate. The decoration of the gate is also used stone carving, which is a hallmark of the Mughal architectural style. The height of the wall reaches 18 meters, and their thickness in some places is 15 meters, the total perimeter is more than one and a half kilometers.
Within the walls, only two buildings survived: the magnificent mosque Qila-i-Kukhna Masjid (at the western entrance) and the Sher-Mandal tower, which served as a library. Next to the south gate there is a small museum in which the statue of the Maurie epoch is exhibited (free entrance, 08: 00-18: 30).
Other attractions in the vicinity of Purana Kila
A walk through the territory of the old fortress will take you just over an hour. This tour can be combined with a visit to the Delhi Zoo , which stands just 100 meters from Purana Qila. And on the pond, which lies at the walls of the fort, you can ride on a boat. Also, together with the old fortress you can see the mausoleum of Humayun and the mausoleum of Nizamuddin