Lesser Known: Kushak Mahal, a medieval hunting lodge




Kushak Mahal is situated in the Teen Murti campus nestled amidst trees thus an easy miss. Most of us would not have visited this monument leave alone heard about it ……. unless you have taken a trip to the Delhi Nehru Planetarium 🙂

It is one of the many 14th century ‘Hunting Lodge’ or ‘Shikaar Ghar’ built by the then Sultan of Delhi, Firoz Shah Tughlaq who was known for being active in improving and providing good infrastructure. The other shikaar ghars built have a similar look and feel. In fact the nearby Kushak Road is named after it

The Mahal is built on a high platform and made of rubble and sand. It is now protected by the ASI and well maintained. It is fancy free ….. no carvings or beautification but a solid, airy fuss free structure. Built around 15 feet high, it is accessible through a flight of high steps. The monument in fact had an embankment, used to store rain water, which no longer exists.

A few glimpses of the simple yet strong and well ventilated Kushak Mahal.KM11

The Mahal is full of huge arches that open up to greenery.KM10


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Monika Ohson / TravelerInMe


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