Tughlaqabad Fort

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"GHIYATHU O_DIN TUGHLUQ (A.D 1321-25) After ascending the throne of delhi selected this site as his capital for strategic reasons he built during A.D 1321-23 a massive fort around the capital city ,which stands high on scarred outcrop of a rocky hill. The fort is roughly octagonal on plan with a perimeter of 6.5 Km. Its 10 to 15 m. High rubble-built wall are provided with bastions and gates at intervals. The rampart walls are pierced with loop-holes and are crowned with a line of rude battlements of solid stone. Which are also provided with loop-holes, presently the fort has thirteen gates and there are three inner gates to the citadel. The vast size the great strength and the visible solidity of the whole gigantic in proportion and strength -give to this fort an air of stern and massive grandeur Tughluqabad was divided mainly into three portions to the east of this entrance, A rectangular area with high walls and bastions served as the citadel a wider area immediately to its west similarly bounded by rubble walls and bastions ,housed the palace beyond this to the north lay the city now marked by ruins of houses streets in the only of houses street in the city. Some of which are traceable even now ran in a grid pattern from gates on one side to those on the opposite side. Inside the citadel-enclosure are a tower known as Bijai-mandal and remains of several halls, Including a long underground passage. The Fort also contained seven tanks a miost ruins of several created by erecting the fort outside was a vast reservoir created by erected bunds between hills. A causeway connected it with the tomb of Ghiyathu-Din Tughluq, While a wide embankment near its south eastern corner gave access to the fortress of Adilabad built a little latter opposite it on another hill.

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