Begumpuri Mosque – Jahanpanah

The grand Begumpuri Mosque and interesting anecdotes documented by Ibn-e-Batuta 🙂

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Qutub Minar, Smith’s Folly and Sanderson’s Sundial :)

In the final episode from the Qutub Complex, we bring to you the very famous..mighty..standing tall..the Qutub Minar. 72 meters in height, this is the tallest brick minaret in the world!

Qutub Minar, along with the ancient and medieval monuments surrounding it, form the Qutub Complex, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The episode also features interesting trivia about Smith’s Folly and Gordon Sanderson’s sundial! Happy Exploring 🙂

Alai Darwaza and Imam Zamin’s tomb

The Alai Darwaza is the main gateway from southern side of the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque. It was built by the second Khilji Sultan of Delhi, Ala-ud-din Khilji in 1311 AD. It is considered to be one of the most important buildings built in the Delhi sultanate period. With its pointed arches and spearhead of fringes, identified as lotus buds, it adds grace to the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque to which it served as an entrance.

The episode also features the Tomb of Imam Zamin. More info >> here

Happy exploring 🙂

Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque @ Qutub Complex!

The Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque (meaning the ‘Might of Islam’) is known to be one of the oldest and ancient mosques that survived through the centuries and a definite sight to behold. In this quick episode..discover the historical and architectural aspects associated with this unique structure! Happy Exploring 🙂

Calligraphy @ Qutub Complex

In this quick episode, we show you some beautiful examples of medieval architecture and Islamic calligraphy evident all around the Qutub Complex! Happy Exploring 🙂

The tomb of Iltutmish @ Qutub Complex

In this episode – the beautiful tomb of Iltutmish and the historical and architectural significance associated with it! Happy Exploring 🙂

The Qutub Complex : An introduction (video)

An introduction to the Qutub Complex and the various monuments and places of interest that the complex houses within!

This complex houses the famous minaret, the Qutub Minar and several other historical and architectural gems built during the medieval times. Apart from the Qutub Minar, the Indo-Islamic architecture and the beautiful calligraphy all around the complex are noteworthy!

So now, without using more words, lemme just take you on a virtual heritage walk to this grand and royal complex from medieval India 🙂

In this first episode of this multi-part series we introduce you to the political and cultural situation in this part of the world during medieval times and also give you a glimpse of the various monuments and structures situated within the Qutub Complex!

Happy Exploring 🙂

Rajon ki Baoli : Mehrauli Archaeological Park – Part 7

Rajon ki Baoli – A massive step-well from the Lodhi era, this structure within the Mehrauli Archaeological Park acted as a source of water and also a place for public gatherings and socializing back then! As we climbed up we also saw the deep well connected to this Baoli and also a medieval era Mosque and a Tomb which serves as good example of the Indo-Islamic architecture. We also get to know how a circular tomb used to be placed perfectly atop a polygonal building back then!! Happy Exploring 🙂

Metcalfe’s Folly and Dilkush – Mehrauli Archaeological Park (Episode 4)

In this new episode of our Heritage Walk series to the Mehrauli Archaeological Park (New Delhi, India) we take you back to the 19th Century India. Standing beneath this very British looking Folly, today known as Metcalfe’s Folly (near the Jamali-Kamali mosque), we discuss about the times of the helpless Mughal court of Bahadur Shah Zafar and the British ambassador/resident at the Mughal court – Thomas Metcalfe. We also discuss about how he got this piece of land re-landscaped as his pleasure-palace or a weekend-retreat perhaps! Metcalfe fondly named this place as Dilkush (or Dilkusha).

Check this video out to know more 🙂

Jamali Kamali Mosque and Tomb – Mehrauli Archaeological Park (Episode 3)

In this episode we visit the Mosque and Tomb of JAMALI-KAMALI.

Shaikh Fazlullah (pen name – Jamali) was a Sufi mystic, a poet and a traveller from the early 16th century. One of his known works include a book, a kind of biography of various Sufi saints of Medieval India. Jamali was also the court poet and teacher of Sikander Lodhi and also early Mughal rulers of medieval times.

Kamali is popularly believed to be a close companion of the Sufi saint.

This mosque is a very good example of Indo-Islamic architecture and the tomb still houses within the original colorful tile and plaster work from medieval times!

We also discuss about the recent controversies associated with this place and see glimpses of the royal burial adjoining this Sufi shrine.

Jamali-Kamali is also known to be one of the haunted places in Delhi, however, we didn’t sense anything ghostly during our visit that day ..luckily 🙂

Hope you’ll enjoy this episode. Happy Exploring!! 🙂