Thursday, April 16, 2015

The first city - लाल Kot

HOW TO REACH: Take the road going inside the Mehrauli Village (behind Qutab Minar). 
By Metro: Get down at Qutab Minar metro station. 

HISTORY : 17th 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 si sair festival is conducted.

A watch tower
Lal Kot was also known as Qila Rai Pithora. The areas of Qila Rai Pithora have been developed into heritage parks with lush green lawns and walking trails. The ruins are mostly walls at the boundary.