Tughlaqabad Fort is in Delhi. The nearest Metro station is Saket or Tughlakabad.
Have you ever stumbled upon a place that not only amazes you with its architectural beauty but also leaves you spellbound with its rich history? Well, that’s exactly what Tughlaqabad Fort in Delhi do to you. Built by the founder of Tughlaq dynasty, Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq, in 1321, this fort was once a symbol of power and strength.
As you stroll through the ruins, one couldn’t help but imagine what the fort must have looked like back in its prime. Built as the third historic city of Delhi, Tughlaqabad was soon abandoned in 1327. But the legacy of Tughlaq’s reign still lives on in the nearby residential and commercial areas that bear his name.
Did you know that Tughlaq also built the Qutub-Badarpur Road, which connected his city to the Grand Trunk Road? Today, it is known as the Mehrauli-Badarpur Road.
The entry fee to the Fort is a modest Rs. 20 for Indians and trust me, it’s worth every penny.
While you’re in the area, don’t miss the nearby Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range and the bustling Okhla Industrial Area. But what truly sets Tughlaqabad apart is its surroundings. The fort lies within the Northern Aravalli leopard wildlife corridor and is surrounded by several historical and natural wonders such as the Badkhal Lake, 10th-century Surajkund reservoir, and the Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary.
The story of Tughlaqabad’s creation is just as intriguing as its surroundings. Ghazi Malik, a feudatory of the Khalji rulers of Delhi, once suggested to his master that he build a fort on a hillock in southern Delhi. Jokingly, the king told Ghazi Malik to build it himself when he became king. And that’s exactly what he did. In 1321, Ghazi Malik drove away the Khaljis and assumed the title of Ghias-ud-din Tughlaq, starting the Tughlaq dynasty. He immediately began construction on his dream city, a fort that was impregnable yet beautiful, to keep the Mongol marauders at bay.
But as they say, “Man proposes, God disposes.” Tughlaq’s city was soon abandoned, and the fort stands today as a reminder of the past. So, if you’re a history buff or just looking for a unique travel experience, add Tughlaqabad Fort to your bucket list today!”