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Ishq-e-Dilli – Reliving 7 Cities of Delhi

Sound and Light Show at Purana Qila
Sumit Malhotra

Sound and Light Show – Old Fort, New Delhi – Ishq-e-Dilli; Son et lumière at Old Fort

Sound and Light Show at Old Fort, New Delhi is aptly called Ishq-e-Dilli or for the Love of Delhi. This sound and light show at Old Fort is a stirring and highly visual event that runs daily in the evenings. The one-hour show begins with the illumination of the South Gate or Humayun Gate. It narrates the glorious and tumultuous history of the “7 Cities of Delhi“, her suitors and perpetrators.

For the uninitiated: The seven (7) cities of Delhi comprise of the following:

  • The oldest city near the site of the Qutab Minar
  • Siri or the area around Siri Fort Auditorium
  • Tughlqabad – It goes by its name even today
  • Jahanpanah or the area between Siri & Qutab
  • Firozobad – We know it as Firoz Shah Kotla today
  • The city around Purana Qila – Also known to be the Capital of Pandavas, Indraprastha
  • Shahjahanabad – Today’s Old Delhi

Purana Qila is the venue for the sound and light show. Its environs once flourished as the “Sixth City of Delhi“. Purana Qila stands perhaps on the same location as of Indraprastha, believed to be the capital of the Pandavas. This also leads some to believe that the Old Fort was the “First City of Delhi“. A paradox that encompasses the Immortal Delhi.

Delhi was loved, cared for, plundered and abandoned through its years of being. The rhapsody of unique ambience, special lighting effects and the intense narrative makes this journey down the scars of Delhi an immersive experience.

Using laser beams and light projections on the walls of the Humayun Gate, a condensed story of Ishq-e-Dilli unfolds. The story walks one through the romanticism of erstwhile rulers & Delhi over last 5000 years. The accompanying soundtrack complements the surroundings and the voices of Dilli are suitably dramatic and mysterious!

A word of caution. The seating in Purana Qila is in the open. The area is severely infested with mosquitoes that will attack you mercilessly. Do carry adequate repellants. Enjoy the show as well as the photos below.

Details for Sound and Light Show; Son et lumière – Immortal Delhi @ Purana Qila (Old Fort), New Delhi

Timings & TicketsLocation & MapThese Photos don't do Justice to the Real Thing
Sept. to Oct. 7.00 – 8.00 PM 8.30 – 9.30 PM
Nov. to Jan. 6.00 – 7.00 PM 7.30 – 8.30 PM
Feb. to April 7.00 – 8.00 PM 8.30 – 9.30 PM
May to Aug. 7.30 – 8.30 PM 9.00 – 10.00 PM

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Rs. 100/- for adults and Rs. 50/- for children (upto 3 to 12 years of age), students, physically challenged & Sr. Citizens.

Tickets are available one hour before the show starts at the Purana Quila ticket booth.

Purana Qila is co-located with Delhi Zoo, next to Pragati Maidan on Mathura Road. the nearest metro station is Pragati Maidan and bus stop is Delhi Zoo. Parking lot of the Zoo caters for visiting vehicles.

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