Sharing few glimpses of the beautiful morning that we all lived together courtesy the awesome Delhi Karavan! Mehrauli Archaeological Park is in itself a mystical and grand venue and Asif’s stories equally matched the charm! The JAM session that followed the heritage-walk felt just like a big family get-together despite the fact that most of us were perhaps “strangers” for each other! But it was super fun watching the so called ‘strangers’ get into the groove of the songs effortlessly and jam together in perfect sync, and even celebrate together! WoW! Thanks Delhi Karavan for this beautiful opportunity! Cherry on the cake were the bunch of messages/phone calls that I received after the event…with several folks expressing that they wish to resume their music classes, take up guitar or some other form of music. Amazing it felt ..the true reward for any musician! 🙂
Thanks to my sis Arunima and brother-from-another-mother Aditya Sharma for beautifully contributing to the JAM and more in their own special ways! Will share the full-version of the JAM with all credits soon! THANKS so much everyone! Cheers n blessings for all 🙂
We explored the Mehrauli Archaeological Park with the super awesome team of Delhi Heritage Walks and learned so much about this enchanting park! The place is a hub of Heritage, History, Architecture, Archaeology, Sufi and so much more .. we treasured it all in our YouTube playlist dedicated to Delhi Heritage Walks here >>
Happy Exploring :)
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 🙂
In this episode we explore Quli Khan’s tomb located at the core of Metcalfe’s Dilkush! As we climb atop the tomb we also get to see glimpses of Azim Khan’s tomb, Ahimsa Sthal, jamali Kamali mosque, Adham Khan’s tomb and the Qutub complex. Happy Exploring 🙂
In this episode we go further inside the Mehrauli Archaeological Park exploring Dilkusha – Metcalfe’s pleasure-palace of sorts! We visit the place where, as a pat of re-landscaping the place, Metcalfe got a water stream redirected and also built a bridge and a boat house right next to a Mughal tomb!
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 🙂
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!! 🙂