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Head To The Mehrauli Archaeological Park For Stunning Photos & A Dose Of History

    What Makes It Awesome

    Mehrauli Archaeological Park, spread across 200 acres, is a historical park next to the Qutub Minar. It has 100 historically significant monuments that hold over a thousand years’ worth of Delhi’s history. The park has ruins of monuments built as long ago as 1060 CE, to architectural marvels from the ruling eras of Khalji dynasty, Tughlaq dynasty, Lodhi dynasty, and the Mughal Empire—an epoch lost to succeeding eons.

    The first monument you see upon entry is Balban’s Tomb, a huge beauty (even upon being worn and torn) with an eye-catching Roman Arch as steep as they get. The era of the Lodis comes to mind next with the Jamali Kamali Mosque, which you’ve probably heard of with its elaborate artwork inside. It’s one of the few monuments which have been genuinely upheld and protected. A little further on the walking trail, there’s the Metcalfe’s Dome, primarily built to peer at the Qutub Minar in all its glory.

    You also get to time travel back to the Mughal Era with Quli Khan’s Tomb, peek into the Slave dynasty with Khan Shahid’s Tomb, and gaze at ancient step wells. One of the major attractions that catches everyone's attention at the park is Rajon Ki Baoli because of its beautiful architecture. You will notice arched walls, a rectangular well, and a lot of stonework. 

    Pro Tip

    This park in Mehrauli opens at 5 am and closes at 6.30 pm, so you could go here for an early morning walk, or for some sundowner photos. Sometimes, Sufi Muslims also sing qawwali music at the Bakhtiyar Kaki's dargah at around 6 PM so, make sure you do not miss this. 

    In case you are wondering how to reach Mehrauli Archaeological Park, get down at Qutub Minar metro station (if coming by metro) situated on the yellow line and take an auto to reach the park. There are no entry charges.