Purana Qila (Old Fort) is one of the most established fortifications in Delhi. Its present shape was worked by Sher Shah Suri, the organizer of the Sur Empire. Sher Shah raised the fortress of Purana Qila with a broad city-zone sprawling around it. It is trusted that the Purana Qila was as yet inadequate at Sher Shah’s demise in 1545, and was maybe finished by his child Islam Shah, in spite of the fact that it isn’t sure which parts were worked by whom.

Unearthings completed by Archeological Survey of India (ASI) at Purana Quila in 1954-55 (trial trenches) and again 1969-1973 by its Director, B Lal, have uncovered Painted Gray Ware dating to 1000 BCE.

The post was the internal fortress of the city of Din Panah amid Humayun’s lead who remodeled it in 1533 and finished five years after the fact. The author of the Suri Dynasty, Sher Shah Suri, vanquished Humayun in 1540, naming the fortress Shergarh; he included a few more structures in the complex amid his five-year rule. Purana Qila and its environs thrived as the “6th city of Delhi”.

At the point when Edwin Lutyens outlined the new capital of British India, New Delhi, in the 1920s, he adjusted the focal vista, now Rajpath, with Purana Qila. Amid the Partition of India, in August 1947 the Purana Qila alongside the neighboring Humayun’s Tomb, turned into the site for asylum camps for Muslims moving to recently established Pakistan. This included more than 12,000 government representatives who had picked benefit in Pakistan, and between 150,000– 200,000 Muslim displaced people, who swarmed inside Purana Qila by September 1947, when Indian government assumed control over the administration of the two camps. The Purana Qila camp stayed utilitarian till mid-1948, as the trains to Pakistan held up until October 1947 to begin.

In the 1970s, the bulwarks of Purana Qila were first utilized as a setting for theater, when three creations of the National School of Drama were arranged here: Tughlaq, Andha Yug, and Sultan Razia, coordinated by Ebrahim Alkazi. In later decades it has been the setting of different essential theater creations, social occasions, and shows. Today, it is the setting of a day by day sound and light introduction after dusk, on the historical backdrop of the “Seven Cities of Delhi”, from Indraprastha through New Delhi.


Purana Qila passage timings:

You can visit the post on all days from 07:00 am to 05:00 pm.

Purana Qila passage expense:

For Indians: Rs.20 and for nonnatives: Rs.200.

For still camera, no expense is material yet for video shooting, you have to pay Rs.25.

Purana Qila area:

Mathura Rd, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, Delhi 110003.

Insider Tips:

– Do not miss Humayun’s Library – an octagonal building called Sher Mandal worked by Sher Shah.

– You can profit sailing or shikara rides in the lake close to the fortification.

– Since the landmark is in ruins today, you must be cautious while investigating. Try not to harm any part.

– Talaqi Darwaza or the Forbidden Gate is likewise a noteworthy fascination.

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