The great thing about road trips is the wealth of treasure one discovers in this wonderful country of ours. When returning from Puducherry on our Mumbai – Puducherry roadtrip, we similarly chanced upon a monument on the banks of the Palar River.
From the ASI boards we learnt this was the Delhi Gate, at Arcot, Vellore, Tamil Nadu. The gate was part of the fort built by Mughal governor Daud Khan Panni in the first half of the 18th century. It was the site of a memorable defense made by Robert Clive during the Siege of Arcot.
From Wikipedia: The Arcot Fort was part of the famous Battle of Arcot, which led to a British victory. One of the gates of the fort was renamed “Delhi Gate” to signify the beginning of the capture of Delhi. The entrance of the gate was constructed in the style of a Mughal arch. Over the gate is Robert Clive’s room.
[box type=”success” width=”100%” ]Delhi Gate at Arcot can be found on the banks of the River Palar, on SH5 Arcot Kanchipuram Road, just before you enter the city of Arcot if coming from the direction of Puducherry. The city has seen a lot of history.[/box]