Salimgarh Fort was built in 1546 on an island of River Yamuna by Islam Shah Suri, son and successor of Sher Shah Suri. In 1622 AD, Jahangir constructed a bridge and connected the fort to the mainland, later removed by the British when they built railway line through it. This grand structure was then connected to the Red Fort by Shah Jahan, and the fort finally became a state prison during Aurangzeb’s rule. The British continued using it as a prison, and the leaders of Indian National Army were imprisoned here in 1945, whose memorial has been developed inside the fort. The fort has now been renamed as Swatantrata Senani Smarak (Freedom Fighters' Memorial).
Enclosed by solid rubble masonry walls, the polygonal-shaped Salimgarh Fort once contained several lofty citadels but only its ruins remain. You can enter the fort from its northern gate, built of brick masonry, called Bahadur Shahi Gate as Bahadur Shah Zafar constructed it in 1854-55 AD.
How to reach
To reach Salimgarh Fort, you can fly down to the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi. You can either avail of local buses from various points within the city to reach the monument, or hire auto-rickshaws and taxis or take the metro rail from Kashmiri Gate Metro station. The nearest railway station is the Old Delhi Railway Station.
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