Purana Quila, built by Sher Shah
, is located one km south-east of India Gate
in New Delhi
. Humayun's Tomb
is to south of Purana Quila.
Purana Quila is noted for its massive walls and three large gateways. The walls are 18 m high at some points. Humayun Darwaza, Talaqi Darwaza and Bara Darwaza are the three gates of Purana Quila and today the entrance is through the Bara Darwaza. Sher Mandal a small octagonal red sandstone tower inside the Purana Quila was used by Humayun as a library. Historians believe that the fort marked the site of Indraprastha, the capital of
Pandavas . Kuhna Masjid, built by Sher Shah with marble and red sandstone, is also located inside the fort. The Delhi Zoo is beside the fort. There is a small archaeological museum inside the main gate. A sound-and-light show is held each evening. Purana Quila is also known as Old Fort.
Entrance fee is Rs 5 for Indian nationals and US $5 for foreigners.