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!! 🙂

The Tomb of Balban and Khan Shahid – Mehrauli Archaeological Park (Episode 2)

In this 2nd episode of our new Heritage Vlog series we bring to you this oldest structure in India that is believed to have used the Arcuate technique of constructing a true arch. We discuss about the Medieval India and particularly about the emperor BALBAN and his times. We also visit the grave of who is supposed to be the favorite son of Balban – Khan Shahid! Happy Exploring 🙂

Mehrauli Archaeological Park – Introduction (Episode 1)

Starting with our new series of HERITAGE VLOGS – here’s MEHRAULI ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK for you. In this quick first episode we get introduced to this enchanting place where you discover a ruin every second step you take! This region has always been inhabited ever since the medieval times till today. Join us as we explore Delhi.. layer by layer 🙂 Cheers!

New video blog :) Delhi Heritage Vlogs!

Hi friends! Excited to share with you that we are gradually putting together a new vlog (video blog) on wordpress. We’ll be posting videos about various places of interest in Delhi, India like Heritage sites, Protected monuments, Historical sites, Archaeological sites, Architecture, etc. and even interesting foody places sometimes 🙂

Here’s the link to this new blog: http://delhiheritagevlogs.wordpress.com/

Please also join us at this new webspace to get a virtual heritage tour of the city of Delhi 🙂 Thanks and blessings for all!

Bhairon Mandir – Neighborhood of Old Fort

Hi Friends! 🙂 Here’s the last episode in the series about the neighborhood of Old Fort. In this one, we visit the Bhairon Mandir which is situated adjacent to the Old Fort. The main deity of the temple is Kaal Bhairav – the fierce manifestation of Shiva associated with annihilation.

The temple is said to be established by the Pandava brothers during the building of their capital Indraprastha.

The video has references to the following aspects related to the place:

The depiction of the main deity inside the temple and the also, the modern sculptures of Hanuman and Bhima (one of the Pandavas)
The inclusion of Bhairav among the deities of the Buddhist pantheon
The reason behind liquor being the main offering at the temple

Check out the video for more! 🙂