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Purana Qila, New Delhi
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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.
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  • A fabulous show of international music. Must see this festive season. Nice arrangements. Nice crowd. 
  • We went to visit the Purana Qila as the Zoo was closed for some reason. Entry charges is just Rs 15 and if you wish you visit the museum too, you need to pay Rs 20. There's nothing much to see inside ...  more »
  • There aren't much buildings to see. The library is closed you can't get inside. Museum is good but not that big. Otherwise this is a place for picnic in cool weather, not on sunny day 
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  • 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.