goes back to the time of the epics and it is felt that Indraprastha,
the city of the Pandavas was located at the spot where the Purana
Qila presently stands. Excavation shave unearthed painted grey ware
pottery dating back to 1000 BC. The fact that similar pottery has
been found at other important sites of the Mahabharata and that
there was a village named Indrapat within the fort till 1913, gives
credence to this theory.
Delhi’s strategic location has made
it a centre of power for the last thousand years and successive
dynasties built their capitals in the vicinity. The Tomars and
Chauhans built their fortification Lal Kot on the southern ridge in
the 11th century AD and Siri was established by Allaudin
Khalji not far away. The Tughlaqs contributed the cities of
Tughlaqabad and Ferozabad followed by the city of the Lodis and then
Shahjahanabad which was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan.