Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Tughlaqabad Fort, New Delhi

This is a quick retrospective of a trip to Tughlaqabad Fort in New Delhi, posted in response to a request for information. This is a very easy trip and can be enjoyed with just a couple of hours.
The fort is surrounded by huge red rock walls up to 15m high. Within these ramparts is a wide expanse of relative calm. Constant efforts to restore it cannot keep pace with the fact that it is almost 700 years old.
Rocks and rubble are strewn around the citadel part of the ruin while the vast majority of the enclosed area has reverted to scrub. Brown Rockchats loved the rocks, obviously, so did the White-fronted Kingfisher. The scrubby areas hosted Indian Robin, Little Green Bee-eaters, Ashy and Rufous-fronted Prinias.
More open tracts of ground would have Yellow-wattled and Red-wattled Lapwings, Laughing Doves and various mynas.
It is located 6 kms from ITC New Delhi Sheraton and is easily reached by cab. A very modest entrance fee may be loaded by a western tourist charge and a camera charge, both extras are minimal. There are no facilities available here and little if any shade.

Tughlaqabad Fort, New Delhi, DEL, India