Mehrauli Archaeological Park

Mehrauli Archaeological Park

Mehrauli Archaeological Park
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ashrafi85
Bengaluru, India73 contributions
Dec 2019
I had read about the step wells and tombs in Mehrauli archaeological Park and wanted to see it after visiting the Qutub Minar.
It was difficult to locate the place using Google maps as there are no proper sign boards to guide you to this site. Our driver who had lived in Delhi for 15 years and taken tourists around had never even heard of the place. After circling around the area twice we found it.
It's a strangely deserted, overgrown, run down sprawling place with old ruins and tombs scattered all over it. We had to park the car near a garden/park and go further and deeper into the archaeological park on foot. Luckily our driver was equally curious about this place and escorted us. Thank God he came along as it certainly didn't seem a safe place for two women to be alone especially as it was late evening and the sun was setting. Plus there were some unruly youngsters hanging around the tombs and Agrasen ki Baoli who seemed to be using the place to have a drink or two surrepticiously which made us feeel uncomfortable and unsafe.
The Rajon ki Baolli, a step well was worth seeing as was Jamali Kamali an old mosque in red sandstone where the sufi saint cum poet Jamali is buried. There is a large courtyard and although the prayer hall of the mosque was closed the arches leading to it were beautifully inscribed with Urdu calligraphy.
I wouldn't recommend this as a must see place. It is in a semi jungle like area with pathways leading to the different structures. The sign boards are not very easy to follow and basically the place has not been maintained. Not many tourists come here. So I would advise ladies not to venture here alone. Better to go in a large group.
Written November 23, 2020
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Brun066
Florence, Italy12,486 contributions
Sep 2019
After visiting the Qutb Minar area, we hired a motorickshaw to reach the nearby Mehrauli Archaeological Park.
We immediately understood that this is the only way to get an idea of ​​the park, as it is very large, their monuments or ruins are scattered over a large surface, and also it's rather lonely; therefore it doesn't appear particularly safe.
But even by motorickshaw, our visit was not very fruitful.
First of all, the driver led us to only two (probably the most important) monuments of the area, claiming that the others could not be visited. But even these two monuments didn't give us much satisfaction.
The Jamali Kamali Mosque was in fact closed, therefore we had to limit our visit to a look at the exterior, including the arcade with beautiful decorations.
Rajon Ki Baoli (ie the stepwell) was also closed; but in this case, being the closure constituted by a fence, you can admire its splendid features.
But even in this case, the monument had a neglected aspect: in particular the body of water at the bottom was littered with floating plastic bottles. This despite the fact that at the (closed) gate there were two keepers (in addition to two policemen), who evidently did'nt believe it was their duty to collect the strewn bottles.
But there has been even worse. Having manifested to our driver the amazement for this so deplorable state of the monument, he replied (textually): "if you pay me, I will clean it immediately".
It is clear why I cannot give this attraction a high rate.
Written March 21, 2020
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vipin
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India218 contributions
Dec 2019
I came to know about this place through lonely planet India magazine. To reach there i followed google map and reached somewhere close to it but unable to locate it. Finally i found it with the help of a helpful local person. The final few hundred meters indicated by Google Map is to be covered on foot not even by two wheeler. So the best way is to go up to Ahinsa Stal and the entry to the site is just opposite to it, just by the side of Gurgaon- Mehrauli highway. This entry leads to a parking place and accessible by 4 wheelers.
Once inside there is so much to see. Mosque, Lawns, Tombs and a step well also. They are all connected by unpaved trail. So wear good footwear. The whole area is tree covered and well shaded from sun. Carry your water bottle.
Written January 3, 2020
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Antonio B
New Delhi, India3 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
The best kept secret of Delhi's history and greenery. The ruins of majestic structures and the ruins of Arrival hills , these man-made ad natural wonders amazes you when you go there. take a guide along as the forest is deep and ruins are too many
Written August 13, 2023
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK179,655 contributions
Dec 2019
The Mehrauli Archaeological Park is an area of archaeological research has is just being renovated by the Archaeological Survey of India. What the organisation have done so far is pretty good and it’s still free to enter. The site has been used by various empires that have ruled from Delhi from prehistory, through the Rajputs and Delhi Sultanates, right up to the British Empire.

Even though the site has not been laid out perfectly for tourism, much of the major attractions can already be reached by well paved walkways. Some of the best things to see include the Tomb of Mohammed Quli Khan, the Jamali Kamali Mosque and Tomb, the Tomb of Khan Shahid, Masjid Sohailwali or just wandering around the well kept gardens and grounds of the park
Written December 30, 2019
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Brian R
Nairobi, Kenya24 contributions
Oct 2014 • Family
Mehrauli Archaeological Park is a fun place to explore before or after visiting the World Heritage monuments of the Qtub Minar. The park is over 200 acres large and does not have well marked paths, so you will want to take a good map that identifies the landmarks you want to visit with you. You will also want to take some mosquito replant since there are many places with standing water and overall the park is heavily wooded. Must visits within the park is the Rajon Ki Baoli and the smaller Gandhak ki Baoli. Both are beautiful well preserved step wells that make excellent photo sites at dawn and dusk. Of architectural historical significance is the Tomb of Balban that has the first true arch and true dome built in India around 1287 AD. Closer to the Mehrauli village is the lively Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Kaki Dargah. This Sufi Saint's shrine is full of people worshiping and praying late on Thursdays. If you are looking for an adventure and willing to wander in the forest then you will enjoy the Mehrauli Park and will definitely be away from the crowds that are found at other Delhi attractions.
Written March 26, 2015
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Satyendra Garg
National Capital Territory of Delhi, India6,976 contributions
Nov 2014 • Solo
Having been in Delhi for more than 25 years, off and on, to me Mehrauli used to mean Qutub Miniar complex, which of course has the best Indian civilization has produced. I was not aware that within a few hundred meters lay hidden gems of Indian art and culture. Shockingly there is hardly any mention of surrounding area and like me, hardly people know that there are attractions around Qutub, which though not exactly that famous, is equally worthy.
Despite reading extensively about it on this site and on internet, reaching the place was not easy and even google maps were not exactly helpful as there is just no signage on the main Delhi Gurgaon road. I had the idea that once you reach from Aurobindo Marg to Mehrauli metro station, one has to take a u-turn and on your left is the entry to the park. As there was no sign, we reached just adjacent to Qutub and there a watchman told that you have to go again to same Mehrauli metro station, take a u-turn, leave the first left turn which goes towards Dadabari and turn left to a small passage which has another sign board mentioning some government department. Cautiously we took a turn and within a hundred meters was the sign of tomb of Balban. Sad that archaeological survey or any other civic agency cannot put a sign for this magnificent park with historical treasures.
My knowledge of history which I read in college helped me explore tomb of Balban. Sadly there is no inscription or description of the attraction and one has to explore on one's own, based on what you know. The structure is in ruins and one has to appreciate it based on one's own knowledge. It is said that Balban tomb is the first specimen of a proper arch in Indian architecture. The structure was excavated and some restoration work had been done.
A walk through the ruins take you to Jamali Kamali mosque and tomb and Metcalf's folly and green garden. In the vicinity are some tombs with some descriptions. The Jamali Kamali tomb and mosque is an excellent specimen of Lodhi period architecture and both structures have excellent interiors and excellent work on outer wall of the mosque. From the Jamali Kamali attraction can be seen Metcalf's folly and the green area.
A little distance from Jamali Kamali is Quli Khan's tomb which was made a pleasure resort by Metcalf, a British resident to the Mughal court of Bahadur Shah II. Metcalf had developed the whole area and built some structures including boat house. The tomb is a beautiful one, particularly the interior wall. From the tomb, one can get an excellent view of the Qutub. It is simply mesmerising.
INTACH has done good signage within the park complex and with its help one can explore the whole area of the park and its attractions well. I wish there is similar good signage on the main road to guide one properly.
Rajon ki baoli is a step well and excellent architecture. This shows the advances in water conservation and excellence in architecture development. Adjacent to the step well is a tomb with good architecture. Similarly there are other structures in front of step well.
A little bit of distance is Gandhak baoli which is slightly in bad shape now. About a kilometer from these structures is Hauz i Shamshi and magnificent Jahaz Mahal which are a visual treat. Hauz i Shamshi is a water reservoir for the capital city built by Iltutmish and has been there for more than 700 years. Jahaz Mahal was built later, either as a rest house or a pleasure resort and is said to be exquisite with its reflection in the reservoir water looking exactly like a ship.
All in all, visit to the Arcaeological Park is an excellent experience.
Written November 19, 2014
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Arvi28
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India1 contribution
Nov 2013 • Family
Visited the park after reading the reviews here, it being on top list in Delhi's Off the beaten path list.... First, we found it with great difficulty. Nobody knows it with this name, not even Delhi Tourism office as we called them for location. Local people know it more as Jamali Kamali mosque. The place was deserted till few meters & after that a group of Rowdy kids playing n hooting, no guards, no public, stink all around-- the place is a open urinal, I suppose. Even if there are hidden gems here( which were definitely well marked) please go in a group. We did not go ahead as we were with teenage kids & didn't feel safe at all.
Written November 4, 2013
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Big_Y
The Netherlands9 contributions
Apr 2015 • Solo
These ruins are spread in a 3-mile area through the slum of Mehrauli. I highly suggest you get a local tuk tuk driver to guide and tour you. I did this with a friend and we were highly statisfied.
Written April 16, 2015
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Mazhar_M_Ali
New Delhi, India177 contributions
Mar 2015 • Friends
An archaeological area adjacent to Qutub Minar complex, houses lot of Tombs, Step wells, Mosques, Ruins of earlier cultures & even a boat house. It is spread over a large area now covered with bushes and trees. One needs to walk around the complex for good three hours to cover the most of the monuments in this area. Need to carry water bottles also amenities for food or washrooms are not available out there. Suggest to read articles about this area before the visit to get a better perspective. For the first time the arch & the true dome made its appearance in India was in the Balban's Tomb situated in this complex. It draws our minds to the diverse & rich heritage of this land / country.
Written March 21, 2015
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