Delhi has been continuously inhabited since the 6th century B.C. It has served as a capital of various kingdoms and empires. The territory has been captured, ransacked and rebuilt several times. It is not merely what we see on postcards and in books. The city is dotted with fascinating fables, some secrets and sites where these legends shaped up. Accordingly, Mehrauli in South Delhi presents some of the hidden monuments and tales from the city’s kitty.
The Adham Khan Tomb was built in 1961 and falls within the walls of Lal Kot- the first fortification of the city, and lies north of the Qutub Minar complex. Here lie the graves of the Akbar’s foster brother-Adham Khan and his mother-Maham Anga, the wet nurse of Akbar. When Adham Khan murdered Akbar’s favorite general, he threw Adham from Agra Fort several times and built the monument in a conspicuous octagonal design, not seen in any Mughal building of that era, a design perhaps designated to traitors. This tomb has a maze on its upper corridor along the dome and it isn’t tough to get lost, which is why it’s also called Bhool-Bhulaiyan. It is now protected by the Archaeological Survey of India.
Sanjay Van is a sprawling forest of 10 Sq. kms, just behind the Adham Khan’s Tomb, adjoining Jawaharlal Nehru University(JNU) and Mehrauli. The forest is thickly wooded and purported to be one of the most haunted place in the metropolis. The area is one of the few recluses for bird watchers and nature enthusiasts also. It is a wasteland inhabited by drug addicts and the occasional tantrics.
Mehrauli Archaeological Park is spread over 200 acres and consists of over 100 monuments. This park, adjacent to Qutub Minar is a treasure trove for history buffs as it preserves some of the most atmospheric relics of the second city of Delhi. The most impressive structure is the Jamali Kamali mosque. There’s no dearth of Baoli’s here – Rajon ki Baoli and Gandhak ki Baoli with the time-ravaged tombs of Balban are must to go forward.
Mehrauli connects the counterpart of the Delhi’s past and is possibly the only part of Delhi continuously inhabited across the bloody course of its history. It is a pre-eminent region in the entire Delhi NCR for the heritage hunters. But these places are nowadays just a solitary for love-duos. One can easily perceive, sites squealing about the antiquity of the region and fables. It is amongst those places which forge you to pull the pants up and be there.