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Tughlaqabad Fort, Delhi

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The Tughlaqabad Fort is a ruined fort in Delhi that was built by Ghiyas-ud-din-Tughlaq who was the founder of the Tughlaq dynasty. The fort was built in 1321. The erection of the fort, however, has an interesting history. Ghazi Malik (who later assumed the title of Ghiyas-ud-din-Tughlaq) was a feudatory to the Khilji Kings of Delhi.

One of the kings teased Ghazi Malik and asked him to build a fort on his own when he becomes a king. This was not taken lightly by Ghazi Malik. Later in 1321 he became the King driving away all the Khilji rulers, and he assumed the title of Ghiyas-ud-din-Tughlaq.

He right away started the construction of the marvellous fort which he wanted to be one of its kind. However, the fort couldn’t be built the way it was meant to. It is believed that Ghiyas was cursed by a saint and thus the fort couldn’t be completed as he wished to.

However, this fort is the largest in the whole of Delhi and is known for its architecture which is seen in its mosques, palaces, towers, buildings and tanks. The fort also was built to defend the emperor. The walls of the fort are thicker than the other forts in India.

The fortified city of Tughlaqabad, which is the third city of Delhi, is in ruins today. The layout of the city can still be made out by the roads and streets of the city. The fort is located near the Qutub Complex.

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