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Tughlaqabad Fort

Tughlaqabad Fort is an ancient and ruined fort in the Indian national capital Delhi .

History

Tughlaqabad Fort was built as a fort-city to house in 1321 A.D by Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq, the founder of the Tughlaq dynasty of Delhi Sultanate that ruled in India in the 14th century. He built it for the purpose of protecting the citizens in the region, and live peacefully within these protected walls.

But it was abandoned in 1327, following the fall of the dynasty, which is believed to be because of a curse of a Sufi saint.

Architecture/Structure

Tughlaqabad Fort is a huge stone structure whose walls are between 10-15 meters high and very thick, with bastions and parapets adorning them. These were designed to protect and withstand any kind of attack, so that people inside are safe. Rubble masonry and sandstone blocks were used in its construction.

The fort has around 13 gates to it now, though there were supposed to be over 50 gates when it was built.

Pure Islamic and Military style architectures are manifested on the fort’s structure, as it was built by a Muslim king, to protect people.

The fort is divided into three sections: a palace (for the kings and their family), a citadel and, the residential city for the citizens.

Additional Information for Visitors

The Tughlaqabad Fort is open to visitors between 8 AM and 6 PM every day, on all days of the week.

An entry fee of INR 5 per head is applicable for every Indian national (adult) visitor to this place, and for foreigners (adult), the entrance fee applicable is INR 100 per head. Entry is free for kids and children up to the age of 15 years.

How to Reach:

Delhi, being the national capital is well connected to cities across India as well as other parts of the world. The city can be reached by air, rail or road.