1. Qutab Minar and Smith’s Folly ~ An Architectural Disaster:

Qutub Minar complex houses several structure, some dating back even beyond the days of the Qutab Minar, while some are just over a century old. Smith’s Folly is one such structure. In 1803 the Qutub Minar was severely damaged in a earthquake. Major Robert Smith was appointed to restore the Qutab Minar. Major Smith in his restoration process crowned the Qutub Minar with a Bengali style Chatri, thus creating an architectural blunder. The folly was removed in 1848 nduring the time of Viceroy Lord Harding, and placed at the corner of Qutab Complex, where it can still be seen. It christened the Smith’s Folly. Read more…

2. Barber’s Tomb ~ Humayun’s Tomb Complex, Delhi:

Kings and queens have their magnificent tombs so does their brothers, sisters and cousins. Tombs of favorite ministers and even dogs are also not uncommon. But a tomb of Emperor’s favorite barber is something rarely heard of. Humayun the second of great Mughal ruler honored his favorite barber with a beautiful tomb, located next to his very own magnificent mosuleum. Located towards the south – east of the Humayun’s Tomb stands a slender, elegant domed structure commonly known as the Nai – Ki – Gumbad, literally meaning the Barber’s tomb. No one knows who are burried inside this picturesque tomb of red and grey sand stone. Popular myth is that the tomb is dedicated to Mughal emperor Humayun’s royal barber & was commissioned by emperor Akbar. Read more …

3. Sabz Burj (Green Dome):

Sabuz Burj copySabuz Burz is a unknown tomb located on a grassy traffic island at the junction of Mathura Road and Lodi Road. Contrary to the name Sabz Burj, which literally means green dome, the tomb is crowned with a dazzling blue dome. The octagonal tomb with with alternate wide and narrow sides follow the Baghadid Tomb architecture style. All the eight sides are marked with high recessed arches and it is crowned with a high drummed double domed. Although nothing much is known about the history of the tomb historians consider it to be a early Mughal period tomb as its more Central Asian than Mughal in architecture.Read more…

4. Safdarjung’s Tomb:

Safdarjung's Tomb, Delhi Located at the heart of Delhi, the Safdarjung’s Tomb is the last of the Mughal styled mausoleum, complete with the Mughal style charbagh garden. Safdarjung’s mausoleum is built in the lines of the Humayun’s mausoleum, the first example of mature Mughal Architecture in India. Sadly Safdarjung’s mausoleum, lacks the beauty, grace and elegance of its former counterpart. In spite of all its weakness, the Safdarjung’s tomb has the distinction of being the last of the Mughal styled mausoleum of India. Read more…

5. Abdul Rahim Khan – i – Khanan’s Tomb:

Abdul Rahim Khan i Khanan's Tomb, DelhiAbdul Rahim (1556 – 1626), popularly known as Rahim, was a poet and philosopher and was one of the Navaratnas (Nine Gems) of Akbar’s court. Located just south of the Humayun’s Tomb complex Rahim Khan’s Tomb looks decapitated and abandoned. Only traces of sandstone and marble can be found on the outer walls of the Tomb. Literally the tomb was stripped of its marble, sandstone and all ornamentation for the construction of the nearby Safdarjung’s Tomb. Read more…

6. Jahaz Mahal and Hauz – i – Shamsi, Mehrauli, Delhi:

Jahaz Mahal, Mehrauli, DelhiLocated deep inside the Mehrauli area of South Delhi and approachable from the Darga of Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Kaki by a complex network of lanes and by – lanes is the Jahaz Mahal, literally meaning the Ship Palace. Although in ruins the Jahaz Mahal, towers like a ship over the congested and overcrowded Mehrauli neighborhood. Located next to the Jahaz Mahl is a huge lake called Hauz – i – Shamsi. Read more…

7. World War I (WWI) Plaque, Mehrauli, Delhi:

World War I (WWI) plaque, Mehrauli, Delhi13 lakh Indian soldiers joined the British and the allied forces against the Germans and Turks during the Great War of 1914 – 18. 74,000 Indian soldiers during the World War I (WWI). The plaque is only a century old and is dedicated to the Indian soldiers from Mehrauli and Badarpur, who for the British during the World War I (WWI). Read more…

8. Zafar Mahal and Moti Masjid, Mehrauli, Delhi:

Panoramic view of the Zafar Mahal courtyard, Mehrauli, DelhiZafar Mahal, named after the last Mughal ruler Bahadur Shah II and constructed by the second last Mughal ruler Akbar II happens to be the last major structure to be constructed by the Mughals in India. Bahadur Shah II added the gigantic Hati (elephant) gate to the summer palace, which allowed elephants to pass through it. Read more…

9. Azim Khan’s Tomb, Mehrauli, Delhi:

Azim (Aka: Akbar) Khan's Tomb, Mehrauli, Delhi The tomb of Azim Khan (also known as Akbar Khan) is located on a small hillock, overlooking the Delhi – Mehrauli road. The square tomb,crowned with a dome, dates back to the days of the great Mughal Emperor Akbar. Although a prominent landmark of South Delhi, the tomb has been an example of utter neglect and nothing much is known about its historical background. The tomb has been restored recently (in 2010) by ASI who have added a staircase to make the tomb accessible to the public. Read more…

10. Isa Khan’s Tomb, Humayun’s Tomb Complex, Delhi:

Isa Khan's Tomb, Humayun's Tomb Complex, DelhiAlthough located inside the Humayun’s Tomb Complex, Isa Khan’s Tomb predates the Humayun’s Tomb by almost two decades. Isa Khan Naizi (1453 – 1548) was a nobleman in the courts of Sher Shah Suri and his son Islam Shah Suri. The octagonal Isa Khan’s tomb lies in a octagonal enclosure and is approached through an arched gateway. The complex also houses a mosque dating back to the same period. Read more…

11. Rajon Ki Baoli, Mehrauli Archaeological Park:

The Broad Staircase of Rajon Ki Baoli, MehrauliThe magnificent  step well of Rajon Ki Boali was constructed by Dalut Khan during the reign of Sikandar Lodhi (1489 – 1517). The step well of Rajon Ki Baoli has been restored in the early 2000 by the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) with the assistance of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). The four stage Rajon Ki Boli follows the conventional U – shaped pattern of step well. The Rajon Ki Baoli also houses a mosque and a domed pavilion in the complex. Read more…

12. Gandhak Ki Baoli, Mehrauli:

Gandhak Ki Baoli, Mehrauli Archaeological Park, Mehrauli, DelhiLocated at the southern end of the Mehrauli Archaeological Park, in South Delhi, Rajan Ki Baoli is a step well constructed during the reign of Sultan Samshuddin Iltutmish (1296 – 1316). As the name suggest Gandhak Ki Baoli contains water rich in sulpher and is beneficial for people with skin decease. Even today Gandhak Ki Baoli contains water during the monson months and often used as a swimming pool by the local kids of Mehrauli. Read more…

13. Adam Khan’s Tomb, Mehrauli, Delhi:

Adam Khan's Tomb, Memhrauli, DelhiAdam Khan’s Tomb stands next to the crowded bus terminus of Mehruli, Delhi. Adam Khan was the general in Akbar’s army and murdered Ataga Khan, the Prime Minister of Akbar. Akabr had Adam Khan killed by throwing him from the rampant of Agra Fort. Later Akbar build a magnificent octagonal tomb for Adam Khan, which stands to this day. Read more…

14. Lodi Period Tomb, Lado Sarai:

Lodi Period Tomb, Lado Sarai, DelhiThe small non – descriptive tomb lies on a small Delhi Development Authority (DDA) Park at the crossing of Mehrauli – Mahipalpur and Mehrauli – Badarpur Roads in the Lado Sarai region of South Delhi. Although nothing is known about the tombs original occupant, but it has been encroached upon by intruders for centuries. In 2002 Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) along with Delhi Development Authority (DDA) took up the initiative of restoring the unknown Lodi Period Tomb of Lado Sarai. Read more…

15. Quli Khan’s Tomb, Mehrauli:

Mohammad Quli Khan's Tomb, Mehrauli Archaeological Park, DelhiThe octagonal Tomb of Mohammad Quli Khan, was converted into a garden house, in about 1830s, by Sir Thomas Theophilus Metcalf, civil servant and agent of the Governor General of India at the imperial court of the last Mughal Enperor Bahadur Shah Zafar. The Tomb of Quli Khan has been restored to its former glory, can be considered as one of the most stunning tombs of Delhi. The tomb stands on a high plinth and is approached by a flight of stairs. Its is octagonal on outside and square on inside. Read more…

16. Dargah of Qutbuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki, Mehrauli:

Kaki 0Qutb Minar, one of Delhi’s most iconic land mark, was started by Qubuddin Aibak and was completed by his successor Iltutmish, but with was not named after the founder of the slave dynasty Qutbuddin Aibak, but after a Sufi Saint Qutbuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki. Qutbuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki was a Muslim Sufi mystic of Chishti order. He played a great role in establishing the order in and around Delhi and also has the distinction of having the oldest dargah of Delhi. Read more…

17. Ghiyas-ud-din Balban’s Tomb, Mehrauli Archeological Park:

Balban 1Ghiyas-ud-din Balban was the ninth and the last major ruler of the famed slave dynasty. A Turk by origin Balban had a humble beginning as a water carrier boy, who was captured by the Mongols and sold as a slave in the bazars of Ghazni, Afghanistan.What makes Balban’s tomb unique is that it is the first structure in the sub continent to have a true arch and a true dome. Read more…

18. India Gate, Rajpath (Kingsway):

india-gate-1India Gate (originally called the All India War Memorial), the icon of Delhi, stands at the eastern end of Rajpath (formerly Kingsway). India Gate is a memorial to 80,000+ soldiers of the undivided Indian Army who died in the period 1914–21 in the First World War. It is also dedicated to the fallen soldiers of the Third Anglo-Afghan War. Of these 13,000+ names inscribed on the India Gate. The India Gate is designed by Edwin Lutyens, the chief architect of New Delhi. The India Gate stands 42 meters high and is inspired by the Arc-de-Triomphe in Paris. Read more…

19. Baolis (Stepwells) of Delhi:

Baoli 2aEven at the beginning of the next century Delhi had more than 100 Baolis (Stepwells) but today there are only about a dozen left. One of the earliest examples of water conservation the Baolis are integral part of Northern and Western India. Apart from providing water Stepwells also served as a place for social gatherings and religious ceremonies. This led to the building of some significant ornamental and architectural features, often associated with dwellings and in urban areas. Read more…


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