Historical places in Delhi you haven’t heard of

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Delhi has many places of history which belong to the various dynasties that ruled it. The city received an exposure of monumental constructions with the Islamic invasion of India. Rulers came and went, what they left behind are the beautiful monuments they build. 

Delhi is replete with many monuments which are neglected by the common folks and by our government. People don’t even know that these exist in the city! We bring you a list of monuments build by/for very powerful rulers of a time, which hardly attract visitors and we hardly know what they are and where they are.

Here’s a list of monuments you must pay a visit to if you are a lover of history.

Bahlul Lodi’s Tomb

This is the tomb of Bahlul Lodi, the founder of the Lodi dynasty. The tomb is located in the clustered locality of Chirag Delhi, in South Delhi. It was built by Sikander Lodi, son of Bahlul Lodi, whose tomb is situated at the Lodi Gardens of Delhi.

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Bahlul Lodi was a very powerful ruler. He attacked Delhi twice under the Sayyids, was successful the third time. He ruled from 1451 to 1489 A.D. The tomb is constructed in rubble masonry. The roof is crowned by five domes, the central one is the biggest. About a dozen graves are scattered out in the open and Bahlul Lodi's grave is located next to two other graves inside the enclosure.

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The beauty and the decorations of the tomb has faded with time. It would have been extremely beautiful at a time, but today it lies in between of the clustered settlement with people coming to the tomb to play cards, kids could be seen loitering around, at night it’s the best place for the people who want to grab a few drinks. The tomb is under the protection of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). It’s ironical how the grave of the most powerful ruler at a time of the country today is a place for drinkers and smokers who want a place away from their home to chill. 

Tomb of Adham Khan

Have you watched the Bollywood film Jodha Akbar? Remember the scene where King Akbar ordered to throw a man from the ramparts of Agra Fort and when in the first chance he didn’t died he was brought all over again up to the fort and was thrown again? This is the tomb of that man, Adham Khan. It’s located at Mehrauli Village, walking distance from Qutub Minar complex.

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Adam Khan served as being a general in the Mughal army throughout the reign of Akbar. Akbar commissioned his tomb. This is probable the earliest of the Mughal tomb’s to be build in an octagonal shape. It is popularly known as Bhool Bhulaiya (a Labyrinth or Maze), it is believed that once a complete lot of wedding guests taking shelter in the building went missing, since then it came to be known as Bhool Bhulaiya. Seems spooky eh? The other theory states that visitor often loses his way amidst the several passages in the thickness of its walls.

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       This place is a must visit if you are planning a visit to the Qutub Complex.

Razia Sultan’s Tomb

The first Muslim women ruler, Razia, was the daughter of Sultan Shams-ud-din Iltutmish, who was the sultan of the sultanate. Razia Sultan, was the Sultan of Delhi for 4 years from 1236 to 1240. She was famously the only female ever to rule the Delhi Sultanate.

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Very close to the Sitaram Bazaar and Kalan Masjid, Razia Sultan’s Tomb in old Delhi is located in Bulbul-i-Khan locality. Razia Sultan’s Life unravels tale of courage and determination. Her tomb was constructed beside the grave of Saziya, her sister. On one hand, you will find a serene center for prayer on the western side, on the other, you will notice two other graves in the south-western side. Incidentally, the detail of these two graves still remains a mystery.

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Hardly anyone visits this place, the place is in the interiors of the old city of Shahjahanabad. A narrow lane leads to the tomb with a big metal gate. The tomb hardly looks like the grave of the first and the only women ruler of the Delhi Sultanate.

Sultan Ghari

This is the first Islamic Mausoleum build in the Indian subcontinent. It was built in 1231 AD for Prince Nasiru'd-Din Mahmud, eldest son of Iltumish (sultan of Delhi). Located near Vasant Kunj in South Delhi, Sultan Garhi receives very few visitors. The only people to visit this, are the locals who seek to have a fun time in the complex.

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It’s sad, that the first ever tomb built in India gets very few visitors. The structure of the monument is unusual. It is in the form of a fortress with a courtyard like layout, not common among tombs. It is built over a raised plinth of certain height in rubble masonry work and is octagon shaped.

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The tomb is a revered place for devotees of both Hindu and Muslim religious communities of the nearby villages of Mahipalpur and Rangpuri since they consider the tomb as the dargah of a saintly ‘peer’; a visit to the tomb is more or less mandatory for newlyweds from these two villages.

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The tomb offers a very calm atmosphere, one can hear the melodious birds sing in this quiet ambience. A book read would be a wonderful thing to do here.

Tomb of Balban

Ghiyas ud din Balban was the ninth sultan of the Mamluk dynasty of Delhi. His tomb is located in the Mehrauli Archaeological Park, near Qutub Minar. The tomb marked the beginning of the Indo-Islamic architecture. In his early years, Balban served as a salve and became Sultan entirely on merit.

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Due to continuous neglect, the Balban’s Tomb is in a dilapidated state. In what was a well constructed Indo-Islamic tomb, today ugly boulders and smaller variety of trees on the entrance make the place an unwelcoming site. One gazes at packets of chips, the heap of plastic bags and the leftovers dumped by the visitors.

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Not a single representative from the Archaeological Survey of India being present at the site makes one both angry and disappointed. 

The tomb is an imposing stone and masonry building. The tomb is surrounded by the ruins of an extensive late-medieval settlement and it offers a remarkable view of the Qutub Minar. To the east of Balban's tomb, lies a ruined rectangular structure said to be the grave of Khan Shahid, Balban's son, who died fighting against the Mongols near Multan in 1285.

Authored by Animesh

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