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Ashok Pillar in Delhi

Just 100 meters south of Hindu Rao Hospital along the ridge is another Ashokan Pillar belonging to 3rd century BC, which was brought by Feroz Shah Tughlaq. The Ashok pillar was transported to his hunting lodge in Delhi from Meerut in 1356 A.D., after the sultan developed a liking for it. Very similar to the one in Feroz Shah Kotla, this pillar too has seven main inscriptions or edicts of Emperor Ashoka apart from some figures and many minor inscriptions.

However, the Ashok pillar in Delhi was damaged by a gunpowder explosion in 1713 and was broken into five pieces. In 1838, Hindu Rao took possession of these pieces and donated them to the Asiatic Society of Bengal, Calcutta (Kolkata). Those pieces were brought back from Kolkata and the pillar was re-erected at its previous location in Delhi, in 1867.

The Ashoka pillar is not in a very good condition in comparison to the one at Feroz Shah Kotla but still this ancient pillar is worth a visit because of its unique history.


Location: Just 100 meters south of Hindu Rao Hospital along the ridge, north of Old Delhi.

Time to Visit: On all days

Preferred Timings: Sunrise to sunset

Admission Fee: Free and open to all

Photography charges: nil

How to Reach: Tourists can either take local buses from various points within the city to reach this monument or they can hire auto-rickshaws and taxis or metro rail.

Nearest Railway Station: Old Delhi Railway Station

Nearest Metro Station: Kashmiri Gate

Nearest functional Metro Station: Kashmiri Gate


Nearest International Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport

Time required for sightseeing: Approx 30 minutes

Nearby Tourist Attractions

Hindu Rao house, Pir Ghaib, Mutiny Memorial, Chauburja Masjid, Nicholson Cemetery and Qudsia Bagh.

Nearby Places to Eat

Mc Donalds in Kamla Nagar and Model Town, Nirula's, Chacha ke Chole Bature, Baskin Robins and Momo's Point in Kamla Nagar, Vikrant Restaurant in Kingsway Camp, Grant Plaza in Model Town and many roadside Dhabas.

Nearby Shopping Venues

Kamla Nagar Market, Model Town Market and Mukherji Nagar Market and Ashok Vihar Market

Last Updated On: 2011/07/01