Monuments are places recognized as ancient assets of the countries. These are mostly homes and places used by kings, queens, ministers, or any other such high post officials back in that time. Delhi is a land rich in ancient culture and aesthetics. It’s dotted with ancient monuments that you would take a moment to amuse yourself with.
1. Lal Kot in Mehrauli
Lal Kot is situated in the Qutub Minar complex in south Delhi.
It was built by the Anangpal Tomar king in 736 CE. Lal Kot is also known as the original red fort even though it’s not red in color as the name suggests. It is situated behind the Qutub Minar. You will have to walk a little through the forest to reach this small site. In this way, you may be hindered by bastilions. This monument is the most ignored among others in Delhi.
2. Mehrauli archaeological park
Major rulings were initiated from this historic city of Mehrauli.
Mehrauli archaeological park provides you an overview of the things- when, where, and how it happened. It gives you everything in detail in a nutshell about the archeological styles of various eras of Mehrauli. This place is situated not so far from Qutub Minar and you should definitely combine this place with your visit to Qutub Minar.
3. Rajon ki baoli
Rajon ki baoli is also known as a Rajon ki bain or heritage stepwell.
Its complex includes a tomb and a mosque. This well was built not for the kings but for the masons who worked here. The steps are for sitting. The Masons or the mistress came here to take breaks or have food with their friends in the mornings or evenings.
4. Jamali Kamali
Jamali Kamali is a small mosque that is still maintained.
It was run by some Sufi saints who lived there. Jamali indicates the sect of Sufis and Kamali indicates miracles.There are many stories behind the jamali- kamali relationship. Some say that it was a tale of Mughal passion. They hinged on the fact that they were homosexual partners. Another story says that Kamali was Jamali’s wife. Kamali died before and was buried here. After Jamali died, Humayun buried him near his wife in this tomb.
5. Quli Khan’s tomb and Metcalfe’s folly
This has an interesting backstory. Quli Khan’s tomb was used as a dining table by Metcalfe.
Just imagine having dinner in someone’s graveyard. Quli Khan was the foster brother of Akbar born to Maham Anga, the foster mother of Akbar.
6. Dadabari Jain temple
This is one the most beautiful Jain temples in Mehrauli.
It’s Built on white marble just like a hidden gem. Every way tells a story and it’s narrated nicely on tableaux besides.
This temple dates back to 13 CE. The legend of the temple narrates the story of a famous jain Muni Manidhari Dada Shri Jinchandra Suri from Jaisalmer. He was born with a precious stone on his forehead and by the age of 9, he became an Acharya and as per Jain traditions ,he walked on bare foot all across the city.
The environment itself gifts you a calm and refreshing vibe. This temple opens up from 8 in the morning till 6 in the evening. There is a large park named after this temple beside this.
7. Balban’ s tomb
It’s the tomb of Ghiyas ud din balban.
It was built in circa 1287 CE. It’s a heritage monument that marks the initiation of indo- Islamic architecture. The founder was one of the most prominent rulers of the slave dynasty. This tomb was identified in the mid 20th century.