In Mehrauli park, where history lies waiting

Quest took students of St Mary's, Dwarka, to Mehrauli Archaeological Park on a heritage walk. Here's what they had to say

A trip to the Mehrauli Archaeological Park was really fascinating. It opened our minds to our rich heritage. The park was originally the royal burial ground of the Mughals and the Lodhis and was later converted into a weekend lounge for Sir Thomas Theophilus Metcalfe during the British rule. It serves as a home to various tombs constructed between the 13th and 15th centuries. The dilapidated Balban's tomb belonging to Balban, the Slave Dynasty ruler of Delhi Sultanate is a result of the Revolt of 1857. The only thing that remains of the grave now is some ruins. Next, we saw a Baoli or a well with numerous steps leading to it, popularly known as Rajon Ki Baoli, which was constructed by Sikandar Lodhi of the Lodhi Dynasty in 1506. But now, since it has dried up, it is also known as Sukhi Baoli (or the Dry Well). Next in line is the Jamali Kamali Mosque. It was built in 1528 in honour of the Sufi Saint Jamali Kamboh. Following his death, the tomb was built in 1536 adjacent to the mosque. The last spot on this exciting journey was Adham Khan's Tomb, which was constructed by Emperor Akbar in memory of his foster brother and general Adham Khan in 1566. It later served as a residence, a rent house and even as a police station. The place has numerous parks where you can sit, relax and mull over the possible mysteries of the ancient times. The visit turned out to be a fun-filled and knowledgeable experience.

Geetika Chopra, X-C

We, the students of St Mary's School, Dwarka, along with our teachers, recently visited the famous Archaeological Park at Mehrauli. The park is situated near Qutub Minar. This heritage walk reaffirmed my views about the rich heritage and culture of our country. This attractive place has many monuments such as Balban's Tomb, Quli Khan Mosque and the unforgettable Rajon Ki Baoli. Rajon Ki Baoli is a three storied step-well which was used by kings and, hence, got its name. Our eyes were attracted to the beautiful carvings on the monuments. Without having visited this place, one can never understand the grandeur and richness of our past. The memories of this fantastic historical place will remain in my mind and soul. This trip was truly informative and fun-filled.                         

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