National Zoological Gardens
Popular with families and couples, India’s biggest zoo is set in 86 hectares. In fact, the grounds are so extensive you may have trouble...
Set up like a traditional village, this captivating museum aims to preserve the traditional crafts of India, from handloom weaving to...
A much-loved sweeterie serving up yummy chaat (Indian-style salad) and filling thalis. Upstairs is Navanda's, with a broad menu of veg...
Mathura Rd · interesting places nearby
Purana Qila information
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.