Once the glory of the city of Tughalakabd, today, the ruins of Tughalakabad Fort narrates the glory and pride of medieval times. Fighting its final battle against the wrath of time, Tughalakabad Fort is a great place to delve into and study the Tughlak dynasty. Commissioned by the Ghiyas-ud-din-Tughlaq, the fort was a depiction of his prowess. Standing tall on the edge of the Tughlakabad city, a medieval city part of modern-day Delhi. The Fort was an epitome of grandeur, with its vast architecture spreading as far as one can. Today, the Fort is not more than a ruin of its former glory. Yet amidst all the ruins and talks of its former glory, one can witness the architecture of the Fort that made it so special. A mini hiking train in itself, the Fort holds many secrets and one such secret is the Tughlakabad Fort Baolis. Hidden on either side of the Fort, lies the two Baolis. Once an integral part of the Fort’s functioning, today the Baolis just like the Fort waits for its preservation. Known as the West Baoli and East Baoli, hiking to the Baoli and walking down the stairs is nothing short of an adventure.
History of the Attraction
During the Tughlak dynasty, Gyas-ud-din-Tughlak commissioned the construction of 13 Baolis out of which only 2 survive now, both inside the Tughalakabad Fort. Known as East and West Baoli, both of them are in resonation with the 14th-century style of construction. The East Baoli which is also called as Old Baoli is accessible by climbing a 30 steps platform. Made out of rocks, the Baoli is intimidating to the visitors who look to descend into the stepwell. The West Baoli is not accessible anymore because of its deteriorating conditions. The Fort is spread over an area of 6.5 km, most of which is covered with thick vegetation, hence it is recommended to travel with a travel partner. The Fort and its surrounding complex, today lies in poor condition and is still waiting for somebody to renovate it to a fragment of its former glory.
The nearest metro station is Tughlakabad metro station on Violet Line of Delhi Metro. From there you can take an auto to reach the Fort and Baoli.
Things to Do in & around
Located inside the Tughlakabad Fort, visiting Baoli gives you a chance to explore the ruins of once a great Tughlakabad Fort.
Opening and Closing Timing
The Fort is open all days of the week from 6 am to 7 pm.
Entry fee for Indian citizen is INR 5 and INR 100 for non-Indian citizens.
Best Time to Visit
Winters in Delhi is the best time to explore the city with climate being favourable for a sightseeing tour.