Tughlaqabad fort is one of the most visited tourist place in Delhi. It is also considered to be a haunted place by many people. Tughlaqabad fort was built by the founder of the Tughlaq dynasty, Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq. Tughlaqabad is considered to be the third city of Delhi.
Location: Tughlaqabad Fort, Tughlaqabad, New Delhi, Delhi 110044
Nearest Metro Station: Saket on Yellow Line
Nearest Bus Stand: Tughlaqabad Village Bus Stand
Entry Timings: 07:00 am to 05:00 pm, open for all seven days of the week
When was Tughlaqabad fort built?
Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq(formerly known as Ghazi Malik) advised his master to built a fort in Tughlaqabad. This advice sounded crazy to the master and he ignored this suggestion by asing Ghazi himself to build a fort if he ever became a ruler.
This is how the construction of the Tughlaqabad fort began. This fort’s construction began in 1321 when Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq established the Tughlaq dynasty by defeating Khusro Khan who was the ruler at that time. The construction was completed by 1325.
Why was it built?
The fort was built for two reasons mainly. One to protect the people of Tughlaqabad from attacks of Mongols’. Second it was built as a capital of Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq.
Why to visit this place?
- Away from the crowded areas of Delhi, Tughlaqabad fort provides you solitude. When you just want to stay away from the chaos in the city, visiting this fort is a good idea.
- Tughlaqabad fort is one of the tourist places of Delhi. The fort is a huge structure which served as a defensive structure for the people of Tughlaqabad. On the fort’s high walls there are parapets and bastions which served as a good defensive tool for Tughlaqabad. There are remains of other structures also like palaces, mosques and other halls. Getting a chance to visit and see all this reminds of the grandeur with which the Tughlaq dynasty lived.
- The entire fort is divided into three parts—the city area, comprised of houses, the citadel, and the adjacent palace area comprising the royal residences.
- On the eastern side of the fort lies the city of Tughlaqabad and on the
southern side of the form is the tomb of Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq himself. The tomb is architecturally beautiful and is an example of Indo-Islamic architecture.
- Apart from the tomb of Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq, there are also the tombs of his wife and his son, Muhammad Tughlaq.
Why is it considered haunted?
The fort is considered to be haunted by the people staying nearby. It is believed that Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq was so crazy for completing his dream project, the fort, that he had called almost all the workers present in Delhi to build his fort. Due to this, the construction of the well of a Sufi saint named Nizamuddin Auliya was interrupted. He became so angry due to this that he cursed Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq that the city he is establishing and the fort that he is building will never be inhabited or inhabited only by the gujjars.
What is done to conserve the grandeur of the fort?
Because the structure is in its ruin, the Archaeological Survey of India has taken the responsibility of its conservation along with the National Culture Fund (NCF) which provides the fund for this project.
This place is best to visit for wanderers, experience seekers and people who have interest in Indian history.