“There is nothing new in the world, except the history you do not know” - Harry S. Truman
A three hour walk that will take you back in time to the days when the Tughlaqs established their reign in Delhi. With a knowledgeable guide by your side, dive into the rich history of a dynasty that ruled over the Delhi sultanate in medieval India.
The Seven Cities of Delhi, each with its distinct heritage was influenced by different dynasties that conquered and destroyed the city in succession over the years. The Tughlaqs established their reign in Delhi after destroying the Khiljis in a blood bath. The region established by the Tughlaqs is known as Tughlaqabad- the third city of Delhi and their unique style of architecture is seen in the fascinating buildings and monuments of this region.
This three hour history walk focuses on the impressive monuments of Tughlaqabad, which are mainly the forts and tomb of Ghiyas-ud-Din Tughlaq. See the intriguing Tughlaqabad fort which was built in the early 14th century. This fort is an epitome of the style of architecture typical to the Tughlaq dynasty with the rubble-filled walls and massive stone fortifications over the uneven ground. The highest viewing platform of the fort- Bijay Mandal, is a citadel with a tower. This is said to have the remains of several halls and long underground passages. Over time, many parts have been recovered and restored by archeologists. These include ruins of the kitchen, step-well, storage rooms and sluice gates.
The Tughlaqabad Fort houses the tomb of Ghiyas-ud-Din Tughlaq, which is the structure that claims to have the been the first to use a combination of sandstone and marble. The graves of his wife and successor Mohammed Bin Tughlaq, also lies in the same tomb. This architectural marvel has a dome standing over an octagonal surface layered with marble and slate. It is said that the burial of Ghiyas-ud-Din Tughlaq’s commander at the site prompted him to build his own tomb.
Adjacent to the Tughlaqabad fort is the forgotten Adilabad fort of the Tughlaq’s- known so, because it is far less prominent when compared to the massive stoneworks of the Tughlaqabad fort. Built by Mohammed Bin Tughlaq, the Adilabad fort was conceived with an idea of providing protection to his people living within the boundary of the new city of Jahanpanah. Legends claim that the influence of a curse led to the emperor abandoning the Tughlaqabad fort and the city of Jahanpanah.
Walk with the knowledgeable guide who will paint a spellbinding picture of the kingdoms and their conquests, and gain an insight into the reign of the Tughlaq dynasty.