|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 |
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