The building in the above pictures is Tohfe Wala Gumbad (तोहफ़े वाला गुम्बद), one of the very few remnants of the once grand Siri Fort.
The fort was built by Sikander-e-Sani Alauddin Khilji in 1303 to defend the city from the onslaught of the Mongols. Siri was the second of the seven cities of Medieval Delhi. The fort mimicked massive Turkish forts. It served as the seat of Alauddin's power during his conquests to expand his empire. Hence, it was also called Darul Khilafat (दारुल ख़िलाफ़त) or the Seat of Caliphate.
According to legends, the name 'Siri' was given because the foundation of the fort was built on severed heads (Sir / सर) of about 8,000 Mongols.
This fort was also the place of death of Alauddin who was later buried in Qutub Complex.
Currently, a blink and miss monument, ASI is working on an excavation programme since 2008 to unearth more of the fort.
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