Wonder where this is?

Do you know the name of this place in Delhi? Update: This is the Dargah of Qutubuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki in Mehrauli, Delhi…the same Sufi saint after whom the Qutb Minar was named! He was the disciple of the Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti who is revered at Ajmer, and himself became a highly venerated figure in Delhi’s…

The “Delhie” Book and a Picnic atop the Qutb

I am excited as I’ve stumbled upon the “Delhie Book” of Thomas Metcalfe. Does not ring a bell? Well, Metcalfe was an officer of the British East India Company, and the Governor-General’s  Resident at the Imperial court of Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar in early 19th century Delhi. He ran the ‘Delhi territory’ from 1835 to…

A Girl Praying at the Tomb of Sultan Iltutmish

One of the first tombs built from scratch in India, this is the tomb of Sultan Iltutmish, inside the Qutb Minar complex. It was built by the Emperor himself in 1235 AD. Note that the Mamluk Dynasty had only recently come to wield power over northern India, a territory so far occupied by Hindus alone….

A Fort Lost in Time | Adilabad Fort, Delhi

The one place that every child visiting Delhi is dragged to, is, of course, the Red fort. It is a monument that attracts one of the highest footfalls in the country.  That’s perhaps because it used to be the power-center of a greater part of India less than a century ago. But what of the…

Pic-A-Day Project: Standing Tall

Standing tall as a part of the Delhi skyline since 1192 when the first Muslim ruler of Delhi- Qutbuddin Aibak– settled here and started building a victory tower, there’s a lot that this minar has seen. Many a ruler built over and renovated it (Iltutmish, Feroze Shah Tughlaq, even Lord Hardinge). Some even tried to…

Pic-A-Day Project: For the love of God!

This is the dargah or shrine of a Central Asian mystic by the name of Qutubuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki, who was the disciple and successor of Moinuddin Chishti of Ajmer. Bakhtiyar Kaki was a prominent Sufi saint who spread the message of love in pre-Mughal Delhi, and his shrine in Mehrauli is revered by thousands to…

Forgotten mosque | Madhi Masjid, Delhi

Today is World Heritage Day, or more formally, the International Monuments and Sites Day, a day dedicated to raise public awareness about the natural and cultural heritage of the world. What an apt opportunity for me to share with you some pictures of a beautiful old mosque that I came upon recently!

Gory Story | Chor Minar, Delhi

You have heard of the famous Qutb Minar, of course, but Chor Minar, huhh? Translated to Hindi, it means ‘Tower of Thieves’, but whatever does that imply?

Ode to the master blaster | Cricket in the alleys of Delhi

So Sachin Tendulkar completed a hundred centuries yesterday, and the nation erupted in joy. In a country where every child is a future Sachin, we often come across the game being played at the most unexpected nooks and corners of our cities and villages. I scoured flickr for a few such images today, and here’s what…

Patch of green, splash of royalty! Lodi Gardens, Delhi

When I moved to Delhi a few years ago, I spent the first few months in the ‘new industrial areas’ of Noida and Gurgaon, much like the countless other ‘immigrants’ to Delhi. Shortly my job would send me globetrotting for months on end…and the end effect was that even though I was a resident of…

Wonder where this is?

Time to rack your memory again! Where have you seen this “chhatri” (umbrella)? Do you know what it is? HINT: This one’s at a very famous landmark in Delhi! Latest update: Guessed immediately! This structure is located at the Qutb Minar in Delhi.  This was the cupola built by the British engineer Robert Smith in 1829…