Delhi’s third city: Tughluqabad

Somewhere in busy Delhi there’s another one. A huge area of nothing than grass and thorny scrub und ruins, stretching across 6,5 kilometers. Cows and donkeys are grazing there, monkeys climb the crumbling walls. It once was the third city of Delhi, erected 1320-1324 under the reign of Ghiyas-ud-din Tughluq as a fort.

After his death the city soon was abandoned. But some basic structures are still standing: the several stories high outer walls, enormous rainwater tanks, big enough for swimming and diving competitions, a secret tunnel, formerly several kilometer long, and, best preserved of it all, the Mausoleum of Ghiyath al-Din Tughluq.

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