Heritage trail in Mehrauli, 13 Dec 2009

December 14, 2009 in Delhi Heritage Walks,DHW,Heritage Walks,Mehrauli Archaeological Park,Mehrauli Archaeological Park Heritage Walks | Comments (5)

Another great day for a walking tour. The excavations near Balban’s tomb seem to be over, couldn’t see any work going on. Everyone was amazed by the fact that Mehrauli’s ruins constitute the most ancient settlements in Delhi. The 17th century settlement near Jamali’s mosque fascinated everybody; tiny yet, double storey rooms, the arched niches on walls. Another source of amusement was the stairs in these medieval monuments. They are extremely steep, narrow and those leading to roofs of buildings have such tiny access, like the one in Metcalfe’s Dilkusha. One wonders how people who built magnificent palaces and forts could manage with such awful stairs. In contrast, the steps down to the baoli offer an amazing view. Rajon in baoli is now completely dried up. So is the storm water drain nearby. We walked back, past the Jamali Kamali mosque to Khan Shaheed’s tomb and saw some people offering prayers there. They were people from the Delhi Wakf which is located nearby.

(posted by Rajesh Ranjan & Kanika Singh, team members, Delhi Heritage Walks)

Mehrauli Archaeological Park Heritage Walk

5 Responses to “Heritage trail in Mehrauli, 13 Dec 2009”

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  1. Comment by Margaret — December 14, 2009 at 6:31 pm  

    Thank you for such an interesting walk! I am looking forward to doing more — it is a great way to see Delhi.

  2. Comment by admin — December 15, 2009 at 10:41 am  

    Thanks a lot, Margaret 🙂

  3. Comment by Nishant — December 15, 2009 at 11:32 am  

    Enjoyed the walk and the discussions! Quiet sad to see such unique heritage monuments in such pathetic conditions while being so close to the well preserved Qutub Minar. Looks like size does matter after all.

    Thanks a lot

  4. Comment by admin — December 15, 2009 at 6:55 pm  

    And the fact that what we saw was only a tiny part of the vast heritage of Delhi and the country. Quite incredible! I often feel privileged to be able to see & experience these lesser known monuments. Most people don’t get to do so. To be able to walk among them in leisure is quite a treat.

  5. Comment by Sriraman — February 8, 2010 at 11:15 am  

    Loved the walk – the sense of “history coming alive”…. re-kindled my interest in where we live and that sense of figuring out our history… thanks.

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