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“Brush with history” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Mehrauli Archaeological Park

Mehrauli Archaeological Park
Mehrauli on Mehrauli Gurgaon Road, New Delhi, India
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“Brush with history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

i loved the place for its ability to let us dive into the history of the country and especially the city. To reach here you could take a metro train and get down at Qutub minar station and from there the place is not much far. the whole park is spread over a wide area so be prepared for a whole lot of walk, climb and open air. what you can find at the place is the ruins of various monuments and tombs and mosques combined with landscapes and mughal artworks as well. It massive and maynot be something that you can plan on to cover in a matter of hours. As usual and common to the place, there is also a whole lot of garbage spread around. with a bit of strong management, this could be a big attraction for the city. as of now it is less invaded by the tourists.

Visited April 2014
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“Oldest Islamic monuments of India”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Mehrauli Archaeological Park is a cluster of monuments of Islamic architecture. It was the site of the first Islamic monuments in India and was built by the early Sultans of Delhi, who were slaves of their central Asian rulers. Being the first Islamic monuments, one can see the blend of Hindu-Islamic architecture. Many structures were also built out of stones and ruins of local temples that were destroyed by the invading Sultans.
It's a good photography spot for heritage architecture.

Visited October 2013
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“Peace in the city”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

Though the park is a little way out of the city it is well worth the effort getting there. Within the park which covers a significant area, is, in my opinion, Dehli's most beautiful Stepwell (Rajon ki Baoli). Also in the park is the Jamali Kamali Mosque and Tomb, Quli Khan's Tomb, Barbur's Tomb and many other Mughal ruins all hiding amongst the thorn trees. You could spend a couple of days here and not see all of the monuments. The only down side is the ever present litter, this park could be a real gem if it were cleaned up.

Visited February 2014
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“Gr8 if u r an archaeological freak”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

spread over very large area, connected to Qutub Minar Metro Station, 10 mins walk to an entry to the park. having loads of tombs, mosques, water bodies, mughal wall painting n carving art! just Subhanalla.... i think a day would be less to stroll around, little lonely area so pls be safe, but every monument has got security staff... qutub minar a world heritage sight has fees and much facilities.

Visited January 2014
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“Half Awesome, Half UnDeveloped”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

First, directions, as it is hard to find, as previous reviewers said. Coming from inner Delhi:
1) Take Aurobindo Marg towards Qutub Minar
2) Immediately after the Indian Handicrafts Emporium on the right (huge, long building), turn left onto Anuvrat Marg (Aurobindo becomes Anuvrat)
3) After you pass the Qutab Minar Metro Station on the left, make the next U-Turn
4) Get in the far left lane and start looking for the sign
5) Turn left into the park at a tiny entrance (break in a wall) with a large bluish/greenish sign that says: Delhi Development Authority and lists rules. (See photo section of this site for a picture)
6) Drive down the narrow road. It makes 2 sharp right bends before coming to a parking lot (past the Jamali Kamali Mosque/Tomb)
Note: The Parking lot has plenty of space, especially considering how uncrowded it was on a Saturday afternoon.

Now the Review:
If you stand in the parking lot with your back to the Jamali Kamali Mosque/Tomb and turn left, you will enter the undeveloped area. There are some amazing sites to see, but I would not recommend going to that area by yourself, especially as a female. There are men who just hang out near the sites and it would make me nervous. I was a bit nervous even with my husband there. You walk through very secluded paths and patches of forest. The paths are very uneven, so wear good hiking shoes.

The Jamali Kamali Mosque/Tomb is having work down on it and the workers have set up a tent village nearby while they work.

If you stand at the entrance to the mosque with your back to it and walk forward, you will see signs for Balban's Tomb. To reach it, you have to climb over some very rocky terrain full of ruins. Not for the unstable, but an interesting tomb if you reach it.

Back at the parking lot, with your back to the Jamali Kamali Mosque, walk straight towards the Qutub Minar or towards the right slightly and you will find the renovated nice part of the park. Paths are wide and relatively nice, there is maintained grass, and nice benches. There is a rose garden and a field where people were playing cricket. A few of the sites have very steep steps to climb. It is not very populated (especially compared to Lodi Gardens), so I still wouldn't go here by myself unless I stuck close to the parking lot. There were a few security guards near the parking lot and the Jamali Kamali tomb.

No bathroom facilities that I could see and no concessions. Bring in your own water. I'd also wear long pants, as some of the paths have thorny plants coming into them. Also wear good walking/hiking shoes.

Visited January 2014
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