Delhi has a lot more to offer and one historical tourist attraction in its long list of places is a 6 km long fort. This fort is known as Tughlaqabad Fort and is located in South Delhi. The fort is now a quiet and lonely symbol of the Tughlaq dynasty. Tughlaqabad fort has walls which are up to 15 meters high and architecture inspired by the Indo-Islamic culture. All this makes this fort a unique construction of its time.
The ideal time to visit the fort is between October to March as the weather is good during this time. The fort remains open on all 7 days of the week and the entry time is 09:00 am to 05:00 pm.
Historians claim that the fort was built in the 14th century. During this time, Ghyasuddin Tughlaq came to power after conducting a successful political coup against the Khilji rule and then established a township in the name of his kingdom Tughlaqabad. Construction of a magnificent fort and a town in the name of the kingdom was a dream of Ghyasuddin and immediately after gaining control over the throne, he started the work. The construction of the fort took 4 years to complete. The fort was built for defence purposes and not as an architectural specimen.
The primary motive was to build a safe place from the Mongol invaders and attacks. There are many folklores behind the abandonment of the fort and the two majorly believed stories belong to Sufi saints. As per the first one, renowned Sufi Saint Nizamuddin Aulia cursed Ghyasuddin’s fort by saying “Ya rahey ujjar, ya basey Gujjar” which means either the fort should stay barren or gets visited by nomads who don’t stay at a place for long. Another story claims that a Sufi Saint predicted: “hanuz Dili dur aste” for the then ruler of the fort which meant that ‘Delhi is very far’ and later the news of the murder of the ruler on his way back to Delhi from Bengal came.
Today, the fort is preserved and maintained by ASI. The fort does not see many visitors as the tag of haunted keeps the tourists and locals away from this place. Many believe the curse of the Sufi saint still works and that’s why no one wants to visit the fort.
1. Architecture. The architecture of the fort is such that it will leave you awestruck. It is divided into two sections - one section comprises the citadel and the other has the palatial residences. The entire construction is done on granite and covers 6 km of land.
2. Spooky Stories. The fort has a rich history and because the place was ruled by Ghiyas-ud-din, Tughlaq locals share many stories about him. Historians claim that Ghiyasudin was quite happy with the design and construction of the fort. He ordered all the labourers of the region to build this fort which disappointed a Sufi Saint, Hazarat Nizamuddin Aulia, as the construction of a Baoli (well) got impacted by this decision. Many believe that he then cursed the king and as a result of it, the place got abandoned and got the tag of haunted after some years.
3. Artificial Lake. The tomb is built up in the main centre of the fort. The fort also features an artificial man-made lake that was visited and admired by tourists for its beauty. At present, the lake has been transformed into the Mehrauli-Badarpur road.
4. Tomb of Ghiyas-ud-Din Tughlaq. Tomb of Ghiyas-ud-Din Tughlaq is on the entryway and has been built upon the red sandstone. Alongside this, one can also explore the lush green lawns. Built-up in the centre of the fort complex, the construction of the tomb is such that the voice gets amplified here.
To reach Tughlaqabad Fort, you will need to cover a total distance of about 1,407, 1,488, 2,150 km from Indian cities like Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. Check out the following details on how you can reach Tughlaqabad Fort by the following means of public transport.
By Air. Deboard at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) situated about 20 km away. The Delhi Airport has very good flight connectivity with several prominent cities and towns of India via direct and connecting flights. From the airport, you can easily book a taxi, hire an auto-rickshaw, take a bus or a metro to reach here.
By Train. Deboard at the Nizamuddin Railway Station which is just 10-15 km away from the fort. The said station is well-routed with other Indian cities with good train frequency. From the railway station, board a cab, bus, auto-rickshaw or metro to reach here.
By Road. If you are residing in nearby regions, then you can also consider travelling here by roadways. The overall road connectivity to Delhi from other cities is very good as the national highways and roads are well-maintained and well-connected. You can take state-run/private buses, board a taxi or drive your own vehicle to this place.