The Alai Minar @ Qutub Complex

The story of an ambitious Sultan and his unfinished minaret from the medieval times 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂

Sher Shah Suri Gate / Laal Darwaza : Neighborhood of Old Fort – Episode 3

In this episode we visit Laal Darwaza, also known as Sher Shah Suri Gate, near the Old Fort in Delhi. We get to know about the following aspects of medieval India associated to this place:

  • Sher Shah Suri’s empire starting from Bihar and Bengal till his rule inDelhi after he defeated Humayun
  • Sher Shah as a brilliant administrator and an able general and how his empire laid the foundations of the later Mughal emperors
  • His rule over Delhi was quite short, around 5 years, and within this short period he was able to set up a new civic and military administration, issued the first Rupiya (Indian currency) and re-organised the postal system of India
  • A little about Sher Shah’s successor Islam Shah and more monuments and ruins associated to the Sur dynasty like the Isa Khan Tomb etc.

Qutub Minar – Episode 1

There’s much more to the famous QUTUB MINAR Complex than one would imagine! In this episode we bring to you a glimpse of the Medieval India, moving through the Slave Dynasty and the Khaljis. to the story of the unfinished Alai Minar and the Tomb of the Sultan Iltutmish. Happy Exploring!