Zafar Mahal

Zafar Mahal, New Delhi

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Neighborhood: Mehrauli/Qutub Minar
Home to the most beautiful step wells in the country, Jamali Kamali Mosque and a 200 acre park with facets of heritage peeping at you from every nook and cranny, Mehrauli is one of those treasure houses where the stories of the past can go on for years. Visitors need a whole day at the Mehrauli Archaeological Park to truly enjoy the opulent 1000-year old legacy of this neighbourhood. A great spot for picnics, this giant heritage park with Qutub Minar in the backdrop, has become a popular cricket playground among the local youngsters. Mehrauli has a number of artistic gems that have been converted into stunning art galleries & rooftop restaurants popular for a grand view of the Qutub Minar and large part of South Delhi.
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Arun Hariharan
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India204 contributions
The Last Mughal Palace of Delhi
Dec 2020
Zafar Mahal, is the ruined summer palace of the last Mughal Emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar II.

Also known as Jangli Mahal, this structure is considered the last monumental structure built during the fading years of the Mughal era. The building has two components namely, the Mahal or the palace, which was built first by Akbar II in the 18th century, and the entrance gate that was reconstructed in the 19th century by Bahadur Shah Zafar II. The monument today is in a ruined state. Locals play cricket and gamble here. ASI had done a very little to preserve this monument.

The graves in the precincts of Zafar Mahal, built within a marble screen enclosure by Jahandar Shah for his father Bahadur Shah I and others who followed, is a minor reflection of the history of the place. Shah Alam II who had the misfortune of being blinded by Ghulam Qadir, the Rohilla leader was buried here. He was considered a "puppet ruler", first under the Marathas and later under the British. His son Akbar II was also buried here. Mirza Fakruddin son of the last emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar, who died early ushered the end of the Moghul regime, was also buried here. But Bahadur Shah Zafar who had identified the location for his grave (sardgha – the vacant land for burial) was the most unfortunate (ill fated) as he was deported to Rangoon and was buried there.
Written December 6, 2020
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Vikas Singh
Hyderabad, India3,931 contributions
Last Mughal monument
Dec 2019
Zafar Mahal is last monumental structure built as a summer palace during the fading years of the Mughal era. The building has two parts-The palace which was built first by Akbar Shah II in the 18th century, and the entrance gate called Hathi gate that was reconstructed in the 19th century by Bahadur Shah Zafar II. A masjid called the Moti Masjid built by Bahadur Shah I was a private mosque of the royal family, which has now become part of the palace compound. The Palace is now in ruins.
Written April 10, 2020
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Pardip
Patna, India130 contributions
Historical place
Oct 2019 • Family
A good land mark and a very historical place,it was building by the mughal emperor akbar sah but completed by bshadur sah zafar, its architectural is great
Written December 28, 2019
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Travellove1025
New Delhi, India97 contributions
Magnificent ruins
Nov 2018 • Friends
This is the last ever palace built by Mughals. This is tucked inside the gullies of Mehrauli village next to the dargah of Qutbuddin Bhaktiyar Kaki. The palace is now completely in ruins and is encroached by local buildings on one side. It also has the spot where Bahadur Shah Zafar wanted to get buried after his death. The spot still lies vacanct.
Written November 29, 2018
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Princerajan12
24 contributions
Last monument of Mughal Empire.
Sep 2018 • Solo
Zafar Mahal, Mehrauli is the last structure built by Mughals, and was acting as the royal palace for Mughals during the Urs of Hz. Bakhtiyar Kaki, when the Phoolwaalon ki sair festival, started by them was celebrated. It consists of the Mahal (built by Akbar Shah II) & Hathi Gate (built by Zafar).
To reach there nearest metro station is Qutub and the best way to reach there is by DTC Bus and deboard at Mehruli terminal bus station. From there it is 5 mins walk.
Written October 7, 2018
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travelerraghu
Tirunelveli, India126 contributions
Summer palace of mughals
Nov 2017 • Couples
Zafar Mahal is known as a summer palace of the later Mughal rulers. This palace is situated in Mehrauli village. The palace was built by Akbar Shah in the 18th century. The palace is well maintained. The palace is neat and tidy. Very beautiful to watch.
Written January 31, 2018
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Kumar S
New Delhi, India421 contributions
Zafar Mahal
Nov 2017 • Solo
This monument was built by the last ruler of Mughal Dynasty, Bahadur Shah Zafar. Though the the mahal is in ruins now and doesn’t attract much visitors but history lovers find this place intriguing due to its historical significance. Bahadur Shah Zafar had a wish to be buried here, but was deported to Rangoon by Britishers till his death.
Written December 30, 2017
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gentbrugg
Moscow2,304 contributions
A kind of labyrinth
Mar 2017 • Solo
It is the very center of Mehrauli residential quarter and the archaeological park of the same name. By and large, from the old majestic summer Palace remained only a large gate, as well as fragments of the mosque. Almost all other buildings have no roofs and are now something of playgrounds for sports and games (mostly, as I understand it, cricket for young people), forming a kind of labyrinth. But from here is well visible the Dargah of Qutb Ud-Din Bakhtiyar Kaki after whom is named the famous minaret of Qutab Minar. But to my mind the dargah is not too impressive, although historically it seemed to have arisen in this area, almost the first among others.
Written October 11, 2017
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Jaspreet_Singh_10
Goa, India20 contributions
Do gaz zamin bhi na mili kuu-e-yaar mein !!
Dec 2016 • Friends
This perhaps was the last built Mughal architecture where Zafar lived before being sent to Rangoon by the British after 1857's first war of Independence.. !! May not be the most pretty building that the Mughals built however Zafar Mahal has huge historical significance given that this is where the Last Emperor lived, ironically right next to the residence of Thomas Metcalfe, the butcher of 1857.

Bahadur Shah Zafar in his dying days in Rangoon wrote.... kitnaa hai baad-naseeb "Zafar" dafn key liye .... do gaz zamin bhi na mili kuu-e-yaar mein .... basically wanted to be buried in Zafar Mahal, which did not happen .... The 'do gaz zamin' where he wanted to be buried is still vacant and can be seen at Zafar Mahal in Mehrauli Village, Delhi..
Written February 4, 2017
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Shilpamittal
New Delhi, India424 contributions
Nice
Feb 2016 • Friends
Another nice historical place to visit. You will not much tourists here. But can be visited if one like to visit historical places.
Written November 23, 2016
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