Mehrauli Archaeological Park of Delhi and its surroundings

Tombs of the kings


Photo by Ravi Bhardwaj on Unsplash

When you come inside this beautiful place then you will forget about all stress and busyness.

Now it looks like you are in past .
Here you will see the tombs of the sultans of the Delhi Sultanate. A dairy of thousand years will be In front of you . And trust me friends, you will enjoy the moment.

Mehrauli Archaeological Park covers 100 hectares of green land borders the World Heritage Site — Qutb Minar. It is bound by Chattarpur Road to the east and the Qutb Complex to the north. This area decorated with remnants from every era of Delhi’s history — from pre-Islamic to late Mughal and colonial periods.

Tomar Rajputs founded Lal Kot, the first stronghold in Delhi is here. The next Chauhan lord extended Lal Kot to from Qila Rai Pithora. At the end of the 12th century Qutbuddin Aibak, the founder of the Delhi Sultanate, made this area a throne Imperial power. During the early period of the Sultanate several buildings such as cemeteries and mosques were built here.
Trend builds the monumental structure continues through successive governments ruler. Buildings such as the mosque and the tomb of Maulana Jamali (16th century Sufi saint), Madhi Mosque, Rajon ki Baoli, and tomb of Quli Khan (brother of Emperor Akbar) built within this area. 

The renovation is like an extension from Quli Khan’s Tomb to become Thomas Metcalfe (commissioner Delhi in the 1840s and 1850s) retreated and was converted landscapes through the addition of bridges, canopies, and the inn was accomplished during the colonial era.

Archaeological Park has varied land forms with irregular rocks slopes, valleys, plains, and bodies of water. The park contains several bodies of water, some of which are man-made. This includes Hauz-e-Shamsi, Rajon ki Baoli, Gandhak ki Baoli, Jharna, and depression below Quli Khan’s tomb previously formed a pool. Park too contains a variety of vegetation and garden landscapes like Metcalfe Park in front of Quli Khan’s Tomb. Today the park forms a buffer between the settlements at Mehrauli village and the Qutb complex and is one of them the largest green space in town
There are my other plus point which attracts you to come here. These monuments are open to all with free entry. Green beautiful landscape is a Good place for photography. You can capture your beautiful moments and memories here. This park consists of a large number of monuments of different timeframes such as Tombs of balban and his sons .

Ghiasuddin Balban (1266–87) was from Turkey and one person of some of the ‘slave masters’ in the early Delhi Sultanate. Tomb of Balban is located in the Archaeological Park of Mehrauli inwest side of Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road. 

This thirteenth-century mausoleum was probably India’s first major building use actual arches and domes.

Balban’s grave is approached through the entrance a gate with the same column and beam structure seen in pre-Turkish Indian architecture, for example in temples. That doorways and frame beams, which inside the temples may have corbel carved in the shape of an elephant’s face, modified to be simple decorative forms without appropriate depictions of animals or humans Islamic teachings.

Mosque is dedicated to Sufi Saint Jamali Kamali. Some ancient baolis like rajjao ki baoli and gandhak ki baoli. They lie inside Mehrauli Archaeological Park, about 400 m far from Gandhak ki Baoli. This is a three-story well built during the Lodi period. That the name Rajon ki Baoli comes from of its function as a baoli (step-well) is used by craftsmen (raj) for quite some time. Incoming water baoli is meant for cooking and drinking purposes.

Rajon ki Baoli consists of four levels rectangular tank with risers at once end and circular well on the other. It also has a long or closed corridor in along the side of the tank with beautifully decorated arch scratch limestone plaster. 

 A decorative feature are engraved brackets in favor of an overhang or chhajja

under the parapet. Vacancy behind this arcade, who isn’t doubt has provided shade and shelter to step-well visitors. Adjacent to the baoli is a mosque and a grave located on the platform connected to the well with flight steps. An inscription in the tomb tells us that it was built by Daulat Khan during Sikandar Lodi’s reign in 1506, over the remains of one Khwaja Mohammad.

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