This walk in the historic 1st City of Delhi, Mehrauli, includes many fascinating monuments with interesting legends attached to them. From monuments from ancient history to the British era, the Mehrauli Village offers a variety of structures like Temples, Tombs, Mosques, Sufi shrines, Baoli's and Palaces.
The monuments convered in this walk are:
- Adam Khan’s tomb, locally called Bhulbhulaiyan,
- Gandhak ki baoli, from Iltutmish’s reign, the largest baoli in Delhi,
- The Martyrdom spot of Banda Bahadur, one of the greatest Sikh warriors known for his struggle against the Mughals, and a Gurudwara which was constructed on the spot to commemorate his sacrifice,
- Naubat Khana (Drum house), a huge imposing gateway constructed by Sher Shah Suri in the 16th century,
- The shrine of Qutubuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki, fondly known as Qutub Sahib, who was the disciple of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti of AjmerA number of smaller Sufi shrines, Mosques, Tombs and Graves in the Dargah complex,
- The Zafar Mahal Palace, which was originally built by Akbar II and, the main gateway constructed by Bahadur Shah II to allow the entry and exit of elephants. Once you are in there, you will see a spacious arcade with arched compartments and fascinating European style buildings from the 19th century such as a fireplace in the double storied building. The oldest structure in the palace is a tomb believed to be of Alauddin, nephew of Iltutmish
- The graves of Bahadur Shah I, Shah Alam II, a place reserved for Bahadur Shah II (who was buried in Rangoon), grave of Akbar II and Mirza Fakhru and many esteemed rulers of Delhi, including Qutubuddin Aibak and Mohammad bin Tughlaq.
Feroz Shah Tughlaq, Timur, the Lodhi's, Sher Shah Suri, Aurangzeb, Bahadur Shah I, Akbar Shah II and Bahadur Shah Zafar added many buildings while some of them buried there dear ones in this revered place. It is said that Delhi cannot be destroyed as long the saint’s Mazar (tomb) survives, for he sends down blessings every day on the city which was once his abode.
In the longer version of this walk, Jog Maya temple, Jahaz Mahal, Hauz Shamsi and Jharna are also included