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Lal Kot

Famous as the first Red Fort of Delhi, Lal Kot in Delhi was built by the Tomar ruler, king Anangpal. It was built as his citadel around 1050 A.D.

Architecture of Lal Kot in Delhi

Lal Kot in Delhi is the original Red Fort of Delhi. It has an oblong plan with massive towers and several gates with outworks. The most famous of the gates include:

  • Ghazni
  • Sohan
  • Ranjit 

The recent excavations revealed ruins of several structures within the Lal Kot in Delhi area. The strong stone-built walls of the ramparts are 2.5 to 3 meters thick. Apart from 'brick revetment' built over them, the walls had imposing 'local quartzite blocks' and semi circular bastions at irregular intervals.

History:

Famous as the first Red Fort of Delhi, Lal Kot in Delhi was built by the Tomar ruler, king Anangpal. It was built as his citadel around 1050 A.D.

According to some historians, Lal Kot in Delhi is built by Anangpal I in 731 AD. Anangpal II rebuilt it in the late 11th century when he shifted the capital from Kannauj to Delhi.

Lal Kot in Delhi brought the focus and attention back to Delhi that had been deserted for over a thousand years after the Pandavas left Indraprastha, the first city of Delhi.

Lal Kot in Delhi later became the southwestern base of Qila Rai Pithora built by Chauhan Prithviraja III.

Come and enjoy the historic splendor of the Lal Kot in Delhi.

Fast - Facts:

Famous as the first Red Fort of Delhi, Lal Kot in Delhi was built by the Tomar ruler, king Anangpal. It was built as his citadel around 1050 A.D.  

The fast facts about Lal Kot in Delhi include:

Location of Lal Kot: The ruins of the citadel of Lal Kot can be seen along the Badarpur-Qutab road, Delhi-Qutab road or Mehrauli-Qutab road

Special Feature of Lal Kot: it is the first Red Fort of Delhi

How to reach Lal Kot: either take local buses to reach this sacred monument or hire auto-rickshaws and taxis or metro rail.

Nearest International Airport from Lal Kot: Indira Gandhi International Airport

Nearest Metro Station of Lal Kot: Central Secretariat

Best time to visit Lal Kot: from sunrise to sunset.

Nearest Railway Station of Lal Kot: Nizamuddin Railway Station

Lal Kot open on: Open on all days

Nearby Attractions:

Famous as the first Red Fort of Delhi, Lal Kot in Delhi was built by the Tomar ruler, king Anangpal. It was built as his citadel around 1050 A.D. while on a tour to the Lal Kot in Delhi, do not miss the other exciting attractions nearby. 

Tourist Attractions near Lal Kot in Delhi

Qutab Minar: Built in the early 13th century, it is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Alai-Darwaza: built in 1311, by Ala-ud-din-Khilji, it was a part of Ala-ud-din-Khilji's extension of the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque.

Quwwatul-Islam Mosque: the oldest surviving mosque in India was begun by Qutbuddin Aibak in AD 1192 to celebrate his master, Mohammed Ghuri's victory over the Rajputs

Iron Pillar: situated in the countryard of the Quwwatul Mosque, it bears a Sanskrit inscription in the style of the fourth century Gupta rulers.

Alai Minar: located on the north of Qutb Minar, it is planned by Alauddin Khilji as a rival to the Qutb Minar when he returned in triumph from his Deccan campaign.

Tomb of Iltutmish: built in 1235 AD by Sultan Illtutmish , it is located just outside the extension to the Quwwatul Islam masjid.

Imam Zamin's Tomb: the octagonal tomb of the Imam Mohammed Ali was revered as Imam Zamin. 

Ala-ud-Din Madrasa: an Islamic school in the Qutab Minar complex 

Shopping Venues near Lal Kot in Delhi

Delhi is a shopper’s paradise. You can visit the shopping areas near Lal Kot in Delhi and make some good purchase from the following shopping centers:

  • Ambavata Shopping Complex
  • Mehrauli
  • Hauz Khas Village
  • Residential Market of Vasant Kunj
  • Sahara Mall
  • DT Mall in Gurgaon