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TUGHLAQABAD FORT IN DELHI

Location : Mehrauli Badarpur (M.B.) Road
Built By : Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq
Known As : Cursed Fortress
Best Time To Visit : September - April

The Curse That Made A Palace An Abode of Shepherds

Tughlaqabad Fort
Tughlaqabad Fort

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Built In : 1321 AD.
Architecture Pattern : Divided into Three Parts - Comprising of City Area with Houses, Citadel with a Tower, The Adjacent Palace Area with Royal Residences. Fort had 13 Massive Gateways once had 52 Gates.
Visiting Hours : Open on all days from 8 am to 6 pm.
Time Required : 2 hours.
Also Visit : The Fortress of 'Adilabad, Lying to South East of the Fort - Is a Replica of the Fort.
Etymology : Fort was Believed to be Cursed by Saint Nizamuudin Auliya - to be Remained Infertile, the curse resonate throughout history right until today.
Don't Miss : The Mausoleum of Ghiyath al-Din Inside The Fort Premises.
Inside Tip : Most of the Area of the Fort is Now Covered with Dense Thorny Forest, that makes it Inaccessible. So be with your Guide.
Mosque Inside : Quila Kuhna Masjid - a Great Architectural Grandeur Made from White Marble and Bright Red Ssandstone.
Must Experience : The Light and Sound Show in Hindi and English. This Show takes you back 5,000 years in history. Timing : 5 pm to 9pm.
Other Attractions : Delhi's Largest Zoological Park Near the Fort, Boat Club.
Inside Tip : The Monument is in Ruins Today, Its Better to be Escorted By Guides or Travel Authorities.

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Delhi is a long way off..

-- Hazrat Nizam-ud-din Auliya

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The massively strong walls of Tughlaqabad, the third capital of Delhi, lie ominously like some Gothic palace 8 km east of the Qutab Minar on the Mehrauli Badarpur (M.B.) Road. The walled city and the fort with its 13 gateways were built by the famous Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq, unfortunately whose base nestled on the legendary quarrel with saint Nizam-ud-din. When the Tughlaq ruler took the workers Nizam-ud-din wanted for work on his tank, the saint cursed the king with a warning that his city would be inhabitated only by 'Gujars' (shepherds). Today that is indeed the situation. Roosting as a favoured hang out place, the fort is an excellent option to kick back winter afternoons. Even a cruise through the spacious lanes, with stately walls soaring from your sides, is indeed mind-blowing! Come, feel the erstwhile, and apparently visible, glory of the Tughlaqs, carved with immense interest in stones..

Explore The Erstwhile Glory Embedded In Stones

Tughlaqabad Fort Ruins
Tughlaqabad Fort Ruins

Although rising from a pool of malevolency, the fort still inspires awe because of its size and, to everyone's surprise, the ruined demeanour. Spare out a few minutes to enjoy a stroll around the fort ramparts. Walking on the lush green natural carpet is itself a pleasure in itself. You can also munch spicy Indian snacks while lazing out in the finely manicured gardens. The fort walls are made of local stone (that too is old!), which was originally embraced with plaster. Walk to the southern ramparts, and you can see an artificial lake affording the humoungous Tomb of Ghiyas-ud-din in its centre. Interestingly, the tomb is one of the Tughlaq-era buildings to be built of sandstone rather than the cheaper, and more easily available, local stone. A causeway connected it with Ghiyath-ud-Din's tomb, standing amidst waters, while a wide embankment near its south eastern-corner gave access to the fortress of Adilabad, built a little later opposite on another hill. With its eight cornered looks, the fort, today calls everyone from all parts, to explore the virgin secrets of the Tughlaqs.

How To Reach

The Tughlaqabad Fort is situtated on Mehrauli Badarpur Road in South Delhi. Tourists can either take local buses from various points within the city to reach this monument, or they can even hire auto-rickshaws and taxis. It is better to come to Khanpur or Badarpur (well connected to all places in Delhi) and then to take a cab to reach the royal ramparts.









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Tugluqabad Fort

Bearing The Curse of A Saint
The famous fort was built by Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq, unfortunately whose base nestled on the legendary quarrel with saint Nizam-ud-din. The saint cursed the king with a warning that his city would be inhabitated only by 'Gujars' (shepherds), which is indeed the situation today.


How It Looks
A cruise through the spacious lanes, with stately walls soaring from your sides, is indeed mind-blowing. The tomb is one of the Tughlaq-era buildings to be built of sandstone rather than the cheaper, and more easily available, local stone.


The Tomb of Fortune
Visit the Ghiyath-ud-Din's tomb, standing amidst waters, while a wide embankment near its south eastern-corner gave access to the fortress of Adilabad, built a little later opposite on another hill. With its eight cornered looks, it enchants everyone.


Relax In The Shade of History
Roosting as a favoured hang out place, the fort is an excellent option to kick back winter afternoons. You can also munch spicy Indian snacks while lazing out in the finely manicured gardens.


Catch Yourself In Cams
The picturesque fort offers fascinating photographic options with the spacious lanes, lush manicured gardens, with stately walls of the colossal fort soaring from all your sides creating a perfect backdrop.


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