Qila Rai Pithora is in Mehrauli in Delhi.
The fortress was once ruled by the great Chauhan ruler Prithviraj Chauhan III. This landmark, also known as the first Red Fort of Delhi, is one of the seven ancient cities of Delhi and a true gem for history buffs. Prithviraj Chauhan is credited with extending the citadel of Lal Kot and constructing massive ramparts and moats around it, which earned the city its name “Qila Rai Pithora”.
Today, the ruins of the fort have been preserved in a 20-acre DDA Conservation Park in Mehrauli, complete with an 18-foot statue of Prithviraj Chauhan and a library. The park is also being developed into a tourist destination, housing an intriguing museum and medieval artefacts.
The Lal Kot complex, which includes the Qutb Minar complex, was built by Tomar king Anangpal Tomar between c. 1052-1060 CE and is considered the “First city of Delhi”.
Take a stroll through this serene sanctuary in South Delhi, surrounded by fort walls and a golf course. Despite the hustle and bustle of the city, this is the perfect place for a morning or evening walk, or even a jog along the 1 km track. However, the authorities could do a better job of maintaining the beauty of this place, as lights often malfunction in the evenings.
The prominent locations include Westend Marg near Saiyad Ul Ajaib Extension, Qutub Golf Course, and parts of Sanjay Van near Mehrauli. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to explore the rich history of Delhi and immerse yourself in the fort’s fascinating past.”