Purana Qila also known as Old Fort was built during the 16th century in the Lajpat Nagar in South Delhi. This colossal building built of stone stands as the testimony to the rich cultural heritage of the country. It has been counted as one of the major heritage and historic sites in India. It is a popular belief that this fort is built on the ruins of the ancient state of Indraprastha. The construction work of the Purana Qila was started by the great Mughal emperor Humayun and was completed by the Afghan ruler Sher Shah.
This impressive and grand edifice blends together the architectural style of Mughal, Afghan and Hindu. The architectural splendor of the Purana Qila in Delhi draws in thousands of travelers from all over the world. The pristine lake located adjacent to it enhances its beauty. The tourists are seen taking a refreshing bath at this pool and it is very enjoyable too. Every part of the fort reminds one, of the rich historical past. At the lake, you can go for boating or shikara ride. The time for enjoying your time in the lake is 12pm to 7pm during summers and 11am to 6 pm during winter time.
This architectural splendor of the Purana Qila is simply stupendous. It is built of red sandstone and the walls of this stately fort are made octagonal in shape. This is perhaps to give more strength to the walls. The walls are extended for 2.41 kilometers and are 33.5 meters in height.
The fort is huge and takes about two and a half hour to explore the whole fort. The fort remains open every day. To visit Purana Qila, make sure to visit between 8 am to 6 pm. Once you are in this structure, visit the Humayun's library built by Sher Shah, the Talaqi Darwaza also known as the Forbidden Gate and others. Do not miss the Quila Kuhna Masjid, which is a great architectural grandeur built out of white marble and bright red sandstone.
The light and sound show that is shown in the Purana Qila is the greatest attraction. It is arranged in Hindi and English language. It is held between 5pm to 9pm. While watching this show, you will be transported to 5000 years back in history.