Feroze Shahs Palace and Fort

The puny state of Haryana, nestled in north India boasts of stunning natural beauty and cultural splendor. The state's age-old history that is evinced not only by the Vedas, but also the majestic forts and palaces. Feroze Shah's Fort and Palace, dressed up in royal grandeur aptly testifies the state's cultural legacy.

The ancient town of Hissar contains relics of the primordial Harappan civilization and was a witness to the triumphs, tribulations and upheavals of the monarchs of the Vedic tribes such as the Bharatas, Purus, Kurus, Mujavatas and Mahavrishas. Strategically located, near the Indian capital of New Delhi, Hissar is an eminent tourist location.

Firoze Shah Tughlaq, the legendary Indian monarch was responsible for establishing the town. It was on his initiative that canals were constructed from the Yamuna and Ghaggar rivers to facilitate agriculture and irrigation. Under his generous patronage, the imposing Hissar-e-Firoza or Fort of Feroze was erected.

The erstwhile headquarter of the Mughal emperor Akbar, Hissar boasts of a glorious cultural heritage. The town is at a cultural confluence having been acquired by the British during their Colonial Rule. To testify the Haryana's diverse history and architectural brilliance, Feroze Shahs Palace and Fort stands tall. The former residence of the great monarch is a magnificent edifice replete with a tekhana or underground chambers and a much-revered mosque. A mound located in the mosque's propinquity contains relics that date as far back as the Harappan era.

A visit to Feroz Shah's Palace and Fort in Haryana takes tourists down memory lane back to the grand old days of history.
The Feroz Shah’s Palace or the Feroz Shah Tughlaq fort is an ancient and historic monument. The fort is quite damaged yet it attracts a large number of tourists. The fort is three storied and is made of rubble stonework covered with thick lime plaster. The arches of the fort are supported on sandstone carved pillars of Hindu temples. There is an open courtyard and a garden in the palace. The steps lead to the terrace that was built for security. The eastern side of the fort has a structure in red sandstone which resembles a Lotus tank on the terrace. A small two-foot high pillar is present outside the fort called the “Jain Pillar”, belonging to the Jains who consider it sacred. The pillar has the typical diamond-shaped holy symbol of the Jains.