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Qila Rai Pithora
Submitted by sarfrazyusuf on Sun, 18/03/2007 - 20:46

Qila Rai Pithora

Also known as the first Red Fort of Delhi and one of the seven ancient cities of Delhi, Qila Rai Pithora was built by Prithviraja Chauhan III by extending the citadel of Lal Kot, and constructing huge ramparts and moats around it. The city derived its name from the title of Prithviraja Chauhan himself and thus came to be known as Qila Rai Pithora, with Lal Kot as its southwestern base.

At present the ruins of Qila Rai Pithora have been conserved in a 20-acre DDA Conservation Park at Mehrauli. The park has an 18-foot high statue of Prithviraj Chauhan and a library, and is being developed as a tourist destination housing an interesting museum and artifacts belonging to the medieval period.

The Qila Rai Pithora was oblong with seven gates: the Sohna, Ranjit, Ghazni, Hauz Rani, Barka, Budaun and Maya. The Sohna gate boasted a sun temple situated on a lake. At least twenty-seven Hindu and Jain temples were built inside the walls of the fortress.

The fort looks especially beautiful in the evenings when its ramparts get all lit up, and is an ideal place to spend a peaceful evening.

Address – Located in South Delhi between Mehrauli and Saket. Can be accessed through the Press Enclave Marg or through the Mehrauli Badarpur Road.

How to Reach – The best way to get here is to take a bus (going towards Mehrauli or Saket) or a taxi since there is no Metro station nearby.

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Guest wrote Quila Rai Pithora at 03:45:21 PM on April 9, 2012

Prabhu Dayal's picture

Earliar i was know that 'Quila Rai Pithora' was situated in Qutub Parisar and after demolition of Rai Pithora Qutub Parisar was build. But I was wrong. Quila Rai Pithora was on different place than qutub.

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