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Purana Qila

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Purana Qila, also known as Old Fort, is one of the oldest forts in Delhi. Its current form was built by the Afghan king Sher Shah Suri, on a site which was previously home to Indraprastha, the capital of the legendary Pandavas. The fort’s towering ramparts, made of red sandstone, stretch over two kilometers, offering a grand view of the city’s history, culture, and architectural grandeur.

Visitors to Purana Qila can explore its three main gates, the Qila-i-Kuhna Mosque, and the Sher Mandal. The mosque, built in 1541, is a fine example of Pashtun architecture, while the Sher Mandal, initially used as an observatory and library, is known for its distinctive octagonal shape. The fort also houses a museum that showcases artifacts from the pre-Mauryan era to the Mughal period, providing a glimpse into the rich history of Delhi.

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