Monday, 29 November 2010

Mighty Tughlaqabad Fort

Tughlaqabad Fort, with modern South Delhi visible in the distance

After more than 4 years in Delhi I finally got around to visit the largest of Delhi's many historical monuments: The mighty fort of Tughlaqabad!

The fort was built by Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq in 1321 and abandoned just a few years later - according to myth due to a curse from contemporary Sufi saint Nizamuddin. Tughlaqabad is not in the best conditions and not very well maintained - shrubbery grows over the ruins everywhere. But it's still an imposing sight especially when taking in the size of it - more than 6.5 km in perimeter. It must have been nothing short of a spectacular sight in its 6 short years of use some 700 years ago. Today it's located right smack in the middle of South Delhi.

Below are a few pictures of the fort and the tomb of Tughlaq, located just outside the walls of the fort.

Tughlaqabad is protected by massive stone ramparts. The downfall of the fort was not due to lack defensibility

Our friends Lone and Troels in one of the huge water tanks providing fresh water to the inhabitants of the city

Locals exploring the ruins (and in the process providing a reference of scale)

The aesthetically appealing tomb of Tuglaq

No matter how mighty they are, they all end up the same way - Tughlaq
was allegedly helped to his destiny by his son who orchestrated an
  assassinationagainst him

4 comments:

Nicolas Mathew said...
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His Highness said...

I absolutely love the pic of Tughlaq's tomb. Given his grand life, its very humbling to see his simple white tomb standing alone in the ruins of his old imperial capital. I am sure he feels quite lonely there. It humanizes a man who was clearly not a soft-hearted ruler. I wonder what he'll make of his Delhi today if he was still alive.

Esben said...

Yes, death really is the great equalizer. Thanks for your comment!

Rudraksh said...

This actually reminds me of the days I use to go there with my friends for booze, its been a long time now. thank yu so much for reminding me old memories actually i had a good time there.
Thanks.I'll visit soon now.