Siri Fort

Siri is the second city of Delhi and was built by Sultan Alaud-Din Khilji in about 1303, to the north of Mehrauli. The few remains of the city can be seen in the Siri Fort complex near the Asian Games Village area, east of Hauz Khas. Visitors can reach the fort complex by either taking the Khel Gaon Marg on the west or Josip Broz Tito Marg on the east. High Rubble-built walls in stretches in the southern direction and western direction, some bastions and flame-shaped battlements are all that are left of the strong fortress city today which compelled ferocious fighters like the Mongols to accept defeat. The city derives its name from the Hindi word sir meaning head because about 8000 heads of Mongol soldiers were buried in the walls of the city.

Location: Near the Asian Village complex, east of Hauz Khas. Visitors can reach the fort complex either by taking the Khel Gaon Marg on the west or Josip Broz Tito Marg on the east

Time to Visit: Open on all days

Preferred Timings: sunrise to sunset

Admission: Free and open to all

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

Nearest Railway Station: Nizamuddin Railway Station

Nearest Metro Station: Central Secretariat

Functional Metro Station: Central Secretariat

Nearest International Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport

Time required for sightseeing: Approx. 30 minutes

(All data as of October 2005)


The city was built on a large scale with palaces and other structures and had seven gates for the people to enter or exit the city. Though no remains of the structures have been found except the southeastern gate but it is said that the main palace of the fort was very beautiful and profusely decorated with precious gems and expensive stones. There are also some dilapidated structures belonging to the Khilji period in the Shahpur Jat village on the west. Among them the most popular is the ruins of Tohfewala Gumbad Masjid. The domed central apartment and the sloping wall of the mosque are the structures left for the visitor to admire the architectural style of the Khiljis.

Nearby Tourist Attractions

Hauz Khas, Kalkaji Temple, Lotus Temple, Nizamuddin's Shrine and Chirag Dehlvi's Dargah

Nearby Places to Eat

There are many good restaurants in Ansal Plaza mall on Khel Gaon Marg, McDonald's and sophisticated eating joints in Greater Kailash-1's market, Nirula's, Nescafe, Barista and many popular restaurants in PVR Saket Complex and good restaurants in Panchsheel and Hauz Khas Market.

Nearby Shopping Venues

Ansal Plaza, one of the best malls of Delhi on Khel Gaon Marg, Panchsheel Market, Nehru Place (electronic items), Kalkaji Market and C R Park Market (residential markets), Greater Kailash-1 Market (all types of consumer goods, especially garments)

Last Updated On: 2011/07/01