Wonder where this is?


The old monument quiz is back, friends 🙂

A crumbling old mosque set in a queen’s garden…what and where do you think this is?

Wonder where this is?
Wonder where this is?

Folks,  this is the mosque at Qudsia Bagh built in the eighteenth century by the queen Qudsia Begum herself, wife of then Mughal emperor Muhammad Shah Rangeela. A stroll in the Qudsia garden can be quite intriguing…It’s a pretty garden commissioned by the queen. You will come across some old pavilions and this mosque which is still being used. Very close to the Kashmere gate metro station.

The mosque used to be a private place of worship for the king Muhammad Shah Rangeela and Qudsia Begum.  It played a pivotal role in the retaking of Delhi by the British in Sept 1857….one of the 3 big batteries of the big-guns which breached Kashmere Gate was kept behind the walls of this garden/mosque. The mosque was significantly damaged during the mutiny but has been restored since.


9 Comments Add yours

  1. Naushirvan says:

    I think this is Qudsia Bagh ki Masjid/ Qudsia Masjid.

    1. wanderfool says:

      You are so right, Naushirvan 🙂

  2. Aparna Mudi says:

    This is one blog my would be mother in law would also like…

    1. wanderfool says:

      Wow, thanks Aparna, wouldn’t mind a mother-in-law like that 😉

  3. I would never have know but it looks wonderful. It is how I imagine the palace that features in the Wheel of Surya trilogy – run down yet majestic.

    1. wanderfool says:

      Thanks Ken, haven’t read the trilogy but the majestic palace in it sounds wonderful. Will look it up 🙂

      1. Oh do! It is meant for (older) children but is wonderfully written about life between Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus around 1947 and then life for Asians in the UK. The trilogy leads back to India and, throughout, the ruins of a palace are there, making their presence felt – this picture is just how I imagined the palace to be! 🙂

  4. must visit this place…in qudsia bagh..have read so much about it..but havent gone there yet..and thats a shame having lived in delhi all my life!!


    1. wanderfool says:

      Yeah, sadly that’s what we all end up doing. When I made plans to visit a new place, I would always look up everything under the sun, but I’d hardly ever explore my own city…until Delhi happened 🙂

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