Quick Facts

Built In 1321 AD
Visiting Hours Open on all days from 8 am to 6 pm
Parking Parking facility available at the entrance to the fort
Entrance Fees Indian nationals- Rs. 5 per head. Foreigners- US $ 2 or Indian Rs. 100/- per head

Ghazi Malik was the one who founded Tughlaq Dynasty in 1321 AD, who when he was a Stave under Mubarak Khilji suggested to the emperor to construct a Fort in the rocky prominent part of Delhi, the latter laughed at the suggestion. This made Ghazi Malik to construct this strongest fort at Tughlaqabad, when he conquered the kingdom as Ghiyasuddin Tughlaq, which is an awesome and colossal fort, although it is ruined in most of its parts.

The fort with its sky-high walls, there are double storied bastions and gigantic tower structures, amidst which grand palaces and splendid mosques are positioned and these features amaze every visitor.


Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq was a slave with Khilji rulers admired the area where the Fort at Tughlaqabad is existing and suggested to the ruler to construct a Fort there, which he considered a safe and strong location for the kingdom. However, the rulers of those days apparently insulted him by laughing at his suggestion and as fate would be, Ghazi Malik became the emperor himself to initiate the Tughlaq Dynasty. The first thing he did was to construct this amazing Fort, for which purpose he drew large number of labourers from Delhi, almost depleting the labour resource available at Delhi at that time.

Ghazi Malik earned the wrath of Nizamuddin Auliya, a Sufi Saint said to have enormous powers in mysticism, by pulling out all the labour from Delhi, resulting in  Sufi saint’s digging of a well unattended. The Sufi Saint, quite annoyed with this, cursed that no one shall live in the fort constructed by Ghazi Malik, which became true later.

What to See

The fort at Tughlaqabad draws the attention of every visitor with its large size and structure, although it is in a ruined condition. Taking people for a long walk in the lush green lawns lying amidst the fort ramparts, there are many hawkers and kiosks selling eatables for the visitor to munch.

The fort walls, although made of sandstone structure of those days, the artificial lake and Ghiyas-ud-din Tomb erected in it is a matter of attraction to the visitor.
There is a causeway taking visitors to Ghiyas-ud-Din's tomb, which is standing in the central part of the lake and also a wide embankment near the water front’s south eastern-corner providing access to the nearby fortress of Adilabad, which is said to have been built in the later period opposite on another hill.

The Tughlaqabad fort with its eight corners draws the tourists from all parts of the world to see it with awe and reverence to Tughlaq style of architecture.

While the visitors must see the Quila Kuhna Masjid, the great architectural grandeur of white marble structure embedded with bright red sandstone in Tughlaqabad fort complex, they must also spare time in the evening to watch the Light and Sound Show delivered in Hindi and English taking the visitors back 5,000 years of Indian history.

  • Timing: 5 pm to 9pm.
  • Contact:  +91 11 2332 0005
  • Address: Tughlakabad, New Delhi, DL 110062
  • Neighbourhood: South Delhi

How to Reach

The Tughlaqabad Fort being located on Mehrauli Badarpur Road in South Delhi, visitors can easily take local buses from various points of Delhi. Taxis and Auto rickshaws are also available to reach this monument from any popular landmark location of Delhi, while Khanpur or Badarpur are closer to this place.


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