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Lal Kot, the oldest fort of Delhi
07 Apr, 2013 - 07:00 AM to 07 Apr, 2013 - 11:00 AM
7 Apr, 2013
07:00 AM-11:00 AM
Mehrauli Village [
3 Kms. of total walking
Nearest Metro: Qutb Minar (2.3 Km.)
XVIIth Tomar King of Delhi, Raja Anangpal (II) Tomar, aka Anekpal, aka Anaypal fortified his village in mid-11th century. His fort was called ‘Lal Kot’, and marked the first city of Delhi (after Indraprastha of Pandavas). Later his great grandson gave the throne of Delhi to Prithviraj Chauhan, the king of Ajmer, who extended this fort by three times and renamed it to Qila Rai Pithora.
Entire history of Delhi is based around this Fort. The Islamic Invaders came to this place and settled for the first time. This is the place, where the Indo-Islamic Culture was born and where the world famous Phoolwaalo’N ki sair festival is conducted.
Our walk will start from the parking of Sub-Registrar office of Mehrauli, opposite the gates of Yogmaya Temple. It is extremely important that you reach on time, as otherwise you will not be able to locate us in the Jungle.
From Parking, we will proceed towards the Yogmaya Temple and then enter the maze of row houses to reach the entrance of dense Forest. We will then proceed to the Anangtal (11th century water pond) and then to the Fateh Burj, where lie burred Hazrat Haji Rozabih, an unknown saint.
We will then climb up the bastion to see the Shrine of Ashiq Allah. Depending on weather and energy level, we will decide whether to trek to that tomb or not.
How to Reach
Reach Qutb Minar and take the road going inside the Mehrauli Village (behind Qutb Minar). Before you reach the main ‘chowk’ of Mehrauli Village (where Mehrauli Bus Depot and Adam Khan’s Tomb, aka Bhool Bhulaiyya face each other), you will see the gate to Yogmaya Temple next to the Sub Registrar office. We will gather at this office. Car parking is right there for those who are driving their own vehicle.
This is a dense forest filled with shrubs with thorns. Wear full length trousers and sports shoes. One must carry a water bottle and a pack of snacks/munchies. You can also wear a hat/cap to save your face from harsh sunlight
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