Trip Planner:   Asia  /  India  /  National Capital Territory of Delhi  /  New Delhi  /  Historic Sites  /  Purana Qila
Purana Qila, New Delhi
(4/5 based on 340+ reviews on the web)
Take a walk along one of Delhi's oldest forts, Purana Qila. Built in the 16th century, the fortress used to house a village within its walls, before becoming a refugee camp for muslims who were fleeing to Pakistan. Today you can view numerous historic monuments inside the stronghold, including a mosque and a vibrant red library tower, and also visit the small archeology museum. Go boating on the moat that circles the fortress, or, if here in the evening, catch the multimedia history show. Put Purana Qila into our New Delhi family vacation planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in New Delhi.
Create a full New Delhi itinerary
map

Plan your trip to New Delhi

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in New Delhi by other users

13 days in India BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: February, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in New Delhi & Agra BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in New Delhi & Agra BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: February, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in New Delhi BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: February, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in India BY A USER FROM INDIA February, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: February, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in North India BY A USER FROM INDIA February, kids, popular PREFERENCES: February, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Goa & New Delhi BY A USER FROM INDIA March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 18 days in Sri Lanka, India & Nepal BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA February, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 8 days in India BY A USER FROM BANGLADESH January, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: January, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in North India BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in India BY A USER FROM BULGARIA May, culture, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in India BY A USER FROM CANADA March, culture, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: March, culture, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • I went there by chance because I wanted to go to the zoo, which is located next to but it was closed that day and so with my husband we decided to come home and it was a very good thing! Quiet, magnificent monuments and a mini Museum which we to learned a lot about the era.
    View original
  • Though the actual old history is nowhere to be found. Even the light & sound show in evenings covers only & mainly the mughal/muslim era of delhi. The left buildings no longer teach you much, but it a...  more »
  • Interesting walk along the fortress wall, height is very decent. Don't miss the well is very deep. The fortress itself is situated not far from the tomb of Humajuma, Monday attended the Red Fort was closed, donated
    View original
Google
  • A lovely place for hangout. There is a small entrance fee so there can be a huge queue on weekends. Nevertheless the place is secure and safe. Antique buildings and lots of green space for picnics are inside the walls. Moreover there is a perfect view on Pragati Maidan exhibition center and the rest of the city. Recommend to visit.
  • Antique place with a very nominal entrance fee and a view that you can both enjoy and relive. Surrounded by feel of Royal times and greenery which can win your heart. Must visit with friends and family for casual outings. Highly recommended
  • Nice view, must visit if in delhi for old structures and boating in lake! Nice chole kulche in kulcha lane and patties to munch.... 😋😋
  • Purana Qila (Old Fort) is one the oldest forts in Delhi. Its current form was built by Sher Shah Suri, the founder of the Sur Empire. Sher Shah raised the citadel of Purana Qila with an extensive city-area sprawling around it. It is believed that the Purana Qila was still incomplete at Sher Shah's death in 1545, and was perhaps completed by his son Islam Shah , although it is not certain which parts were built by whom. Excavations carried out by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) at Purana Quila in 1954-55 (trial trenches) and again 1969-1973 by its Director, B B Lal, have unearthed painted grey ware dating to 1000 B.C., and with a continuous cultural sequence from Mauryan to Mughal through Shunga, Kushana, Gupta, Rajput and Sultanate periods, confirming the antiquity of the site. The site of the Purana Qila was perhaps that of Indraprastha, the legendary capital of the Pandavas.
  • Special. Not as busy as Humayun's Tomb or Qutub Minar, this is part of the ancient city of Indraprastha. The Mughals built the present structure on top of layers of other cities and civilisations, going back 3000 years. Humayun started the construction, left Delhi and for five years, Sher Shah took over, building the beautiful mosque. Take a picnic and stroll in the gardens within the walls of the fort. Don't miss the special stepped well (baoli) which goes deep into the earth. It is fenced off, but you can see how deep it goes. Nearest metro is either Khan Market or Pragati Maidan.