Delhi is a city with a remarkable history, monuments and rich cultural heritage. From Old Fort to various monuments in the city, each one represents a separate period in the history of Delhi. Besides Red Fort, Old Fort, Humayun's Tomb, India Gate, Qutab Minar, etc., there exists one more monument, named Qila Rai Pithoria, not well known to the people. Also known as the ‘First City’ of Delhi created in 10th century in Mehrauli, Qila Rai Pithoria got its identification due to the presence of recorded historical facts.
Qila Rai Pithoria was built by Prithviraj Chauhan, also known as Rai Pithora, who was the popular during the then Hindu confrontation against Muslim invader. Qila Rai Pithoria was built on the grounds of the Lal Kot, which was a fort of Anang Pal, a Tomar Rajput ruler. Prithviraj captured Lal Kot and extended it to build the Qila Rai Pithoria. The city was surrounded by a wall of 10 to 18 meters for safety and protection. Quila Rai Pithora in Delhi was the first seat of urban settlements in Delhi region.
“The ruins of the Qila Rai Pithora have been conserved in a 20-acre DDA Conservation Park, but due to the presence of historical facts it was taken by the archeological department” said Pradip Upadhyaye, Security Guard, Quila Rai Pithoria.
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 fort looks especially beautiful in the evenings when its ramparts get all lit up, and is a good place to spend time with our children as we cannot take them to any other park nearby as they basically turned into the couple’s park and we don’t want our children to have a bad effect on them” said Rashmi, resident of Madangir who has been coming to the park from the last five years.
The park also attract to the young chirpy crowd through its entertaining activities like music concerts, shooting for videos and photo shoots. Hence, Qila Rai Pithoria is an ideal place where one can not only enjoy the historical monument, but also relax in the sprawling park. People can have entertainment under one roof