In the late 12th century, Sambhal was the capital of Prithviraj Chauhan, the King of Hindu Kshatriya Chauhan (Chauhamana) dynasty, until he changed his capital to Delhi and Ajmer. In the late 15th and early 16th centuries, the second ruler of the Afghan Lodi Dynasty, Sikandar Lodi made Sambhal one of his provincial capitals. During the reign of the third Mughal Emperor, Akbar, Sambhal was a 'Sarkar' in the 'Subah' of Delhi and had a brick fort. Babur, the first Mughal ruler, kept the foundation stone of Sambhal's Jama masjid.
Sambhal is home to a number of Leaders, poets, writers, intellectuals, sages, scholars and other notable personalities who have contributed remarkably for the nation