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Purana Quila

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.

Updated on 7th June, 2005
District: New Delhi
Location: New Delhi    


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