India is a perfect place, if you are on your historical trip. Yes! India houses many famed historical monuments, amongst them, Purana Quila is the most adored and incredible monument of Delhi, built near the famous River Yamuna. Known for its Mughal and Lodhi architectural style, the structure is build using striking red sandstone. The second popular monument, Purana Quila, build by Mughal ruler, Humayun was completed in approximate five years. However, when Humayun was beaten by Sher Shah Suri in the year 1540, the monument was renamed as Shergarh. Later, many features were added to the monuments by Sher Shah Suri. Soon, Purana Quia was again captured by Humayun after Sher Shah Suri died.
Well! The history of Purana Quila is even older than the story behind it. The monument takes us back in the times of the famous battles of Panipat. One thing which might amazed you is that the monument was said to be build using white marble but the plan was changed because of the shortage of the material. Further, the walls of the fort are about 18m, towering towards the sky and run for approximately 1.5 km. Purana Quila also houses three domed doorways, namely, the Bara Darwaza (Big Gate) looking West, which is still in use, the south gate, which is often called the Humayun Gate, because it was created by Humayun or because Humayun's Tomb is noticeable from there; the reason is still not clear, and the third and last arched gateway, is the 'Talaqi Gate', which also called the forbidden gate.
All the gates of the monument are double-storeyed sandstone constructions bordered by two huge crescent bastion towers, and festooned with white and colored-marble engraves and blue tiles, completed with detailing, like elaborate overhanging balconies, beautiful jharokhas, chhatris crowning the pillared pavilions. The interior reminds us of Rajasthani architecture as noticed in the North and South Gates as well as in some of the Mughal architecture. Two architectural structures which are still surviving in Purana Quila are Qila-i Kuhna Mosque and the Shermandal, both attributed to Sher Shah. One just feels delighted enjoying the beauty and splendor of the monument.
Later, when Edwin Lutyens was designing, New Delhi, the new capital, he separated the central vista, now called Rajpath with the Purana Quila. In 1947, Purana Quila along with the famous Humayun's Tomb sheltered many Muslim refugees, who were going to their new home, Pakistan. Purana Quila remains serviceable till early 1948. After a few years, in 1970, the monument became the background for theatre; the play was directed by Ebrahim Alkazi, one of the most talented directors of India. Well! The monument has gone through many ups and downs and has been ruled by many emperors. So, if you want to relive this amazing phase of Indian history, then visit this terrific monument and enjoy every single moment spend, here.