Visit The Haunted Tughlaqabad Fort For Some Thrills & Chills
What Makes It Awesome
While the journey to Tughlakabad Fort is quite tiring and so is the walk up to the highest point, it is all worth it as it offers a breathtaking view of the capital. One can see the Lotus Temple right at the horizon (yes, you can actually see the horizon for once!). The fort is spread over a vast expanse and is mostly in ruins. Built to protect the city from Mongol invaders, this fort was built by Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq, the founder of Tughlaq dynasty in 1321 AD. Although, the fort was later abandoned in 1327. This ruined fort is surrounded by tall and sloping walls that are 15 metres high and consists of battlement parapets. Also, the architecture was divided into parts where one portion is occupied by the citadel (which still stands still) and other was the old city to the north (which is completely ruined). On the southern end of the fort, there also lays the tomb of Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq which is enclosed in a courtyard with tall walls. In the fort, you will also find a grave of a commoner, Zafar Khan, and it is present inside the royal family's mausoleum and according to the inscriptions, the grave was present before even the construction was started. Let us tell you, the fort is also known to be haunted. It was during the year when Tughlaq was building the fort where he ordered every labourer, builder, and mason to work on it compulsorily which made Sufi saint, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya angry as his work on the baoli was interrupted. When the saint's effort to bring back the labourers failed, he cursed Tughlaq saying, "either this fort shall remain uninhabited or shall be taken over by the Gujjars." This curse led the successor of Tughlaq to abandon the fort and it was ultimately, taken over by the Gujjars which made everyone believe that the curse was true. People also believe that the curse also took the life of Tughlaq. Although keeping the haunting story aside, you can visit the fort keeping in mind its architectural beauty. Tughlaqabad Fort is open all days (including weekends) from 7 AM to 5 PM. The entry fees is INR 5 for Indian adults and INR 100 for foreigner adults. Also, once you take time out to visit the fort, you could also visit, Asola Bhatti WIldlife Sanctuary, Adilabad Fort, or Karni Singh shooting range for a memorable day out with fam and friends.
What Could Be Better?
The fact that it is isolated is both a boon and a matter of concern at the same time. If solitude is what you're looking for then this is perfect for you. Even though there are a number of people, the vastness of the fort would still make a person feel like they're in a different world altogether.
Wear good shoes to make walking up and down the rocky paths easier. I suggest going when the sun isn't too strong, as that will be the best time to really enjoy the view without worrying about dehydration or getting a heatstroke! Also, the best way to reach there is by taking an auto for around INR 80 from Govindpuri metro station.