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Of Seven Capitals and New Delhi: Chapter III – Mehrauli

Of Seven Capitals and New Delhi: Chapter III – Mehrauli

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The urge to talk about Mehrauli Archaeological Park is literally irresistible now. After weeks of traveling and researching over the internet and books, I could not but wonder whether this is the most architecturally and historically rich places in the world. Turning the pages of history brings alive every alley and stone of Mehrauli area with a vigor which I had never ever imagined in wildest of my dreams as I passed through these streets over last several years I have been in Delhi.

Mehrauli is the site of plethora of monuments, so much so that a sense of history and legends pervade every lane and even stones, for here lived kings, sultans, generals, warriors, saints and monks. Prehistoric tales associate Mehrauli with the descendents of the Pandavas. Later it saw the building of Lal Kot, a bastion of the first real city of Delhi whose archaeological proof could be found. Then it became the dominion of legendary Rajput warrior prince Pritviraj indelibly ingrained in Hindu courtly love tradition. Qila Rai Pithora was witness to the glory of Prithviraj Chauhan who was later defeated in Second Battle of Tarain by Ghauri, whereupon the latter’s death, his slave Qutubdin Aibak made Mehrauli his capital and the Sultans and emperors who followed him ruled from there.

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Of Seven Capitals and New Delhi: Chapter I – Rai Pithora & Mehrauli

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Qutub Minar of yore was entered through its four monumental gates of which only the Southern one renowned as Alai Darwaza remains standing till date. Along the western periphery of the precinct runs a giant wall with pointed archways, creating a ‘Qibla’ or the decorated prayer wall. There are several buildings in the complex most of which lay in ruins except for the exquisitely carved tomb of Iltutmish which is still in fairly good state. The structure of note inside the complex includes the magnificent Qutub Minar, Ala al-Din Khalji’s madrasa and the Imam Zamin Mosque.

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A Visual tour to the ‘World’s tallest brick Minaret’…..Qutub Minar

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It was 11.00 a.m on a cool Sunday morning and i was trying not to get out of the bed on the only off day i had during the week. Soon, Adhiraaj woke up and we resumed our ‘What to do’ discussion from the previous night. It was almost a year and a half for both of us, living in Noida and apart from visiting Chandani Chowk ( Prantha Wali Gali), we didn’t go to any other place. So we decided on visiting Qutub Minar later that day and Humayun Tomb, Lotus Temple on the next weekend.

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Spending a Day on Mehrauli (Delhi) – Gurgaon Road

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The Qutab Minar is one of the historic monuments listed in a UNESCO World heritage Site situated at Mehrauli – South Delhi was constructed in 1192 by Qutub-ud-din-Aibak , Viceroy & General in Mohammad Ghori of Ghazni’s army to mark their victory over Delhi . It is an excellent example of Indo-Islamic architecture. The Qutub Minar has beautiful calligraphy in Arabic. There are many carvings as well on the Qutub Minar. Qutab Minar is tallest brick minaret in the world inspired by the minaret of Jam in Afghanistan.

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दिल्ली दिल वालो की – 1

दिल्ली दिल वालो की – 1

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नगर से निकलते ही जबरदस्त कोहरे ने हमें घेर लिया।मैंने ड्राईवर इरफ़ान से गाड़ी धीरे चलाने के लिए कहा, खतौली पार करते ही जबरदस्त जाम लगा हुआ था,जाम के कारण गाड़ी बुढाना रोड से नहर की पटरी पर ले ली । बहुत ज्यादा कोहरा होने के कारण से कुछ भी दिखाई नहीं दे रहा था।गाड़ी धीमी रफ़्तार से चल रही थी। ड्राईवर कहने लगा की गाड़ी में डीजल नहीं हैं। मैंने कहा की सरधना नजदीक हैं वही पर भरवा लेगे, आगे पूरे सरधना में कही भी डीजल नहीं मिला, वापिस नहर की पटरी से मेरठ की और आकर के डीजल मिल पाया। रास्ते में एक बार गाड़ी नीचे नहर में गिरने से बची। खैर दिल्ली पहुँच कर राहत की सांस ली। चाचा जी के लड़के रवि के घर वैशाली पहुंचे, और वंहा से सभी लोग दिल्ली की सैर को चल पड़े।

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