Purana Qila

sights / Military

Purana Qila information

Delhi , India
Mathura Rd
+91 11 24353178
Getting there
Metro: Pragati Maidan
Indian/foreigner ₹5/100, video ₹25, sound & light show ₹80
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With its towering walls and dramatic gateways, Purana Qila conjures up images of conquest and combat. The fortress was constructed by Afghan ruler Sher Shah (1538–45), who briefly seized control of Delhi from the emperor Humayun, and the monumental gatehouse opens onto a peaceful garden studded with ancient monuments. The graceful octagonal, red-sandstone Sher Mandal was used by Humayun as a library; it was a fall down the stairs of the library that ended his reign, and life, in 1556. Just beyond is the Qila-i-Kuhran Mosque (Mosque of Sher Shah), with intrictate patterns of inlaid marble and standstone.

Across busy Mathura Road are more relics from the city of Shergarh, including the Khairul Manazil mosque, still used by local Muslims, A popular boating lake has been created from the former moat, with pedaloes for hire. There's a sound and light show (in English 8.30pm, 9pm May to August, 7.30pm November to January) at the fort every evening.