Sibling Rivalry

The fascinating story of blood thirsty rivalry between two crown princesses… I know you must be wondering what’s the big deal about a little fighting here and there with your own brothers and sisters. You all fought as kids, got your parents to scold the ‘other one’, and while you smiled gleefully, your sibling secretly…

Wonder where this is?

An ornate little tomb cordoned off from the world…do you know what or where this is, dear readers? Update: This is the mausoleum of Atgah Khan, foster-father to Mughal Emperor Akbar, and minister at his court. He was murdered by Adham Khan  (a foster-brother of Akbar, not Atgah Khan’s son) out of jealousy. Those who’ve seen…

A Pilgrimage of Sorts

If you have been to Delhi but not visited the dargah of Hazrat Nizamuddin, you have missed something! Even if you are not a particularly devout follower of Sufism, this shrine would still give you a spectacle of how faith can indeed move mountains. But let’s begin at the beginning….. So the other day, together…

Poetry in Stone

Little did I know before I started my discovery of Delhi that this was once a land of many poets. Khusrau, Rahim, Zauq, Ghalib and countless others gave to this city its beautiful culture of lyrical poetry over the centuries. I owe my discovery of one poet’s grave to that of another…and each of them…

Pic-A-Day-Project: Garden Tomb

World Heritage Monument, first garden tomb in India, and an inspiration to the Taj itself… This, my dear Delhi lovers, is the Tomb of the second Mughal Emperor Humayun. It was built by the wife of the emperor and its location near the Yamuna was selected so that the king could rest in peace near…

Pic-A-Day Project: Music of the Soul

Thursday evening will bring many followers to the Dargah of Hazrat Nizamuddin, the 14th century Sufi saint of the Chishtiya order who’s still revered by thousands of people in Delhi and around. And at his shrine you can still see a rendition of Qawwali on many a spiritual Thursday. The credit for creating the Qawwali…

At the end of the tunnel | Tughlaqabad Fort, Delhi

Once upon a time, many centuries ago, the mighty military rulers of the Tughlaq dynasty built a fort in Delhi. They called it Tughlaqabad. And although it had walls as thick as can be- standing sternly, majestically, almost menacingly, to this day- the ravages of time have badly crumbled up the buildings within it, until…

Wonder where this is?

Take a shot at guessing this one… you know what to do! just post your reply on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DateWithDelhi and check out what others have guessed as well 🙂 Latest update: This is the Dargah (shrine) of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, a Sufi saint of the 14th century who remains loved and revered by thousands to…

Wonder where this is?

Can you recognize this busy crossroad in Delhi? Do you know the name of this monument? Post your answer here! https://www.facebook.com/DateWithDelhi Latest update: Many Delhiites seem to remember seeing this monument at the busy Mathura Road- Lodi Road intersection, very near Nizamuddin and heralding the heritage buildings within the Humayun’s Tomb complex. It has a striking…