A Tale of Seven Cities – Indraprasth

Whoever builds a new city in Delhi will lose it

– Persian Prophecy

And the same happened with all the rulers who built all the seven cities in Delhi. None of those mighty kings or Baadshahs stood the test of time, and fell.

Chosen strategically by the invaders who attacked from all directions, Delhi gave them a gateway to fertile Gangetic plains, which were irrigated by River Yamuna. And these invaders built more than what they destructed in Delhi in the form of seven cities.

Half of these cities lie in ruins now, and Delhi government and Archaeological survey of India is trying to protect these signs of our glorious past. In this series, I will cover all the seven cities which today are either standing tall as tourist spot or dieing a slow death.

The earliest settlement in Delhi dates back 1000 BC, when according to Mahabharata, Pandavas built the city of Indraprastha or Indrapat. When the Archaeological survey of India excavated the site in 1955 they found a number of fine grey pottery here. They had simple designs painted in black. Archaeologists call this kind of pottery ‘Painted Grey Ware’.

Today, there are no remains of Indraprasth, the current Old fort site is the place where the glorious city of Indrapat once stood tall.


~ by Fotoramus on January 27, 2010.

2 Responses to “A Tale of Seven Cities – Indraprasth”

  1. Amazing pictures!! Great Photo Blogging!!Well done Niha.

    • Hi Nitin
      this post is not by me but another classmate 🙂 its a class blog! do check out more work by me and others!

      Thanks 🙂

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