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Walk through time and tombs of the Mehrauli Archelogical Park

Quintessential Dilli, and yet a Dilli that can slip under the radar of popular interest. The Brunch team discovers a slice of their beloved city that’s not often served to those who do not seek!

brunch Updated: Jan 10, 2015, 15:40 IST
Sadia Dehivi
Sadia Dehivi
Hindustan Times

The Mehrauli Archaeological Park is one of my favourite walks in Delhi. The park covers some important landmarks in Indian history and here, one discovers tombs, stepwells and other archeological remains – from the period of the Delhi Sultanate to the British era. Exploring the area is fun and easy as most monuments have signages. I love walking from the flower market entrance right up to Khwaja Qutub’s dargah.

Along this path lies the impressive sixteenth century stepwell ‘ Rajon ki Baoli’, used by masons in the Lodhi era. It’s a long walk, part of which is a dirt road littered with Lodhi tombs. It ends at the spectacular step well of Iltutmish, a hundred yards from the main entrance of Khwaja Qutub’s dargah.

Jamali's verses are inscribed on the walls of his mausoleum.

Shaykh Jamali is buried near the beautiful mosque he built in 1528 AD close to Hauz-e-Shamsi. His mausoleum is decorated with beautiful ceramic work with some verses composed by him inscribed on the walls. This village, now known as Jamali Kamali is perhaps as old as the fort of Rai Pithora. The forecourt of the mosque contains several graves and the ruins of Balban’s tomb lie around 300 yards from the tomb of Jamali.

Jamali’s mausoleum, a protected monument under the ASI, is kept locked most of the time. The government appointed caretaker who has custody of the keys is usually around during the days, unlocking the dargah for the occasional visitor.

– Sadia Dehlvi, a Delhi-based author and journalist.

From HT Brunch, January 11, 2015
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