Seven Cities Of Delhi
In the 1320s Ghiasuddin Tughlak , a Turk governor who had his
strong hold in the western provinces invaded Delhi, and won it from
Nasiruddin Mohammed(a Pawar Rajput who had adopted Islam and had
gained kinghood by slaining the last Khilji ruler). Tughlak, known as a
headstrong tyrant, created the third city of Tughlakabad. He created a
fort here (the splendid ruins still remain ) with high battlements and his
descendant Mohammad Tughlak went on to capture much of India.
He also raised a city, Jahanpanah, which largely comprised a walled
enclosure between Qila Rai Pithora and Siri. This is sometimes called
the fourth city of Delhi. Tughlakabad, however, continued to be the main
city. There were eleven rulers from the Tughlak dynasty but only the
first three generations were interested in architecture-raising mosques,
caravansarais, madrasas and laying canals.
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