In Mehrauli park, where history lies waiting
A trip to the Mehrauli Archaeological Park was really fascinating. It opened our minds to our rich heritage. The park was originally the royal burial ground of the Mughals and the Lodhis and was later converted into a weekend lounge for Sir Thomas Theophilus Metcalfe during the British rule. It serves as a home to various tombs constructed between the 13th and 15th centuries. The dilapidated Balban’s tomb belonging to Balban, the Slave Dynasty ruler of Delhi Sultanate is a result of the Revolt of 1857. The only thing that remains of the grave now is some ruins. Next, we saw a Baoli or a well with numerous steps leading to it, popularly known as Rajon Ki Baoli, which was constructed by Sikandar Lodhi of the Lodhi Dynasty in 1506. But now, since it has dried up, it is also known as Sukhi Baoli (or the Dry Well). Next in line is the Jamali Kamali Mosque. It was built in 1528 in honour of the Sufi Saint Jamali Kamboh. Following his death, the tomb was built in 1536 adjacent to the mosque. The last spot on this exciting journey was Adham Khan’s Tomb, which was constructed by Emperor Akbar in memory of his foster brother and general Adham Khan in 1566. It later served as a residence, a rent house and even as a police station. The
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