Tomb of Balban

Tomb of Balban, New Delhi

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Vikas Singh
Hyderabad, India3,931 contributions
First Islamic arch in India
Dec 2019
The Tomb of Ghiyas ud din Balban was built in year 1287 CE in rubble masonry It is a building of historical importance in the development of Indo-Islamic architecture, as it was here that first Islamic arch made its appearance in India and according to many, the first Islamic dome as well, which however hasn't survived.
Written April 8, 2020
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK149,633 contributions
Tomb of Mamluk king
Dec 2019
This structure is the Tomb of the ninth ruler of the Mamluk Dynasty of the Delhi Sultanates and widely considered one of the greatest for having defeated a Mongol invasion and for defeating rebellions when local rulers of parts of the empire attempted to assert their independence.

Sadly the tomb is mostly in ruins with only high walls and arches evidence of what must’ve been a very large building, although it doesn't seems to have the ornate decorations of Indo-Islamic type royal tombs. The cenotaph can be found in the ruins and probably marks the grave of Balban.

Not a must-see in the park, especially as it requires going over rough ground.
Written December 30, 2019
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Sarmad Hussain P
Nashik, India49 contributions
Decrepit
Nov 2018 • Family
The tomb of Gayasuddin Balban is quite near to the Jamali Kamali mosque. The main dome has collapsed and the site is quite decrepit with shrubs growing quite densely everywhere. Unlike the other Monuments on the property, this tomb is not maintained. There is no security guard. Interesting to see the grave of a person who once called himself "zille ilahi" or the "shadow of God" lying in such a state.
Written December 9, 2018
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Vivek G
New Delhi, India152 contributions
regretted coming here
Apr 2018 • Family
Not much to write about this deserted Historical place where there is hardly any visitor. The place is in sorry state. It is better to stay away from this deserted place.
Written July 30, 2018
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Kaushik G
Mumbai, India4,068 contributions
In dilapidated condition
Dec 2017 • Friends
During my holidays in Delhi, I had visited the Mehrauli Archeological Park and this tomb dedicated to Balban is located right opposite the Jamali Kamali Tomb. This tomb was built in 1287 AD for Ghiyas ud din Balban,a Turkic ruler of the Delhi Sultanate and showcases Indo Islamic style of architecture. This tomb lies in the woods in a dilapidated and neglected condition. We didn't risk going close to the tomb because there were weeds all over the place.
Written May 9, 2018
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Kumar S
New Delhi, India421 contributions
Tomb of Balban
Mar 2018 • Solo
This tomb too is the part of Mehrauli Archeological Park. But it is completely neglected and lack of maintenance has turned it into ruins.
Written April 29, 2018
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tripsmaker
266 contributions
Delhi Heritage Walk
May 2016 • Solo
It is a tomb of Giasuddin Balban the turkik ruler of the Delhi Sultanate from the slave dynasty, located in Meharauli of New Delhi. It's the one of the pioneer indo-islamic style architecture in India. Built in rubble masonry, without any ornamentation on the dome with arch style entries. It's a place of tourist interest in New Delhi.
Written April 19, 2017
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Akhil V
1 contribution
As beautiful as we hoped it would be
Jan 2017 • Family
We visited the Taj Mahal in the early morning - unfortunately, many other visitors had the same idea! The monument was beautiful and, despite the large crowds, we were able to get some beautiful photos.Along with the main building, the structure consists of numerous outbuildings and gardens. The tomb, built between 1622 and 1628 represents a transition between the first phase of monumental Mughal architecture – primarily built from red sandstone with marble decorations, as in Humayun's Tomb in Delhi and Akbar's tomb in Sikandra – to its second phase, based on white marble and pietra dura inlay, most elegantly realized in the Tāj Mahal.
Written March 25, 2017
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Shilpamittal
New Delhi, India424 contributions
Nice
Feb 2016 • Friends
A nice place to visit if you are a history lover. Nothing much to see at this particular tomb but there are some other structures nearby.
Written August 28, 2016
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MARGDARSHI
Mumbai, India1,355 contributions
Specimen of Indo-Islamic Architecture
Feb 2015 • Solo
Balban was a ruler from the Mamluk slave dynasty who ruled the Delhi sultanate in the 13th century.This tomb forms a part of the larger Mehrauli Archaelogical park & was built in 1287.This Turkic ruler`s tomb was discovered in the mid 20th century & is still in a dilapidated & neglected state with its rubble masonry spread around.The tomb appears to have built India`s first arch & tried to forge an Indo-Islamic architecture fusion in a small way.
Written April 11, 2015
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