Mehrauli Archaeological Park Delhi (India)
The Mehrauli Archaeological Park serves as a glimpse into a bygone era, and its proximity to chief localities in south Delhi makes it an easy on-the-go stop with distinctive architecture to captivate your eyes at every step of your way. Not more than a kilometer away from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Qutb complex lies this magical gem of history tucked away and spread over a 200-acre area, which includes the ruins of the Lal Kot built by the Tomar Rajputs in 11th century A.D.
Mehrauli is one of the seven ancient cities that comprise of the present state of Delhi, and the archaeological park here is a testament to the richness of our past. The ruins present here are almost half a century older than Old Delhi (Shahjahanabad)! The 100 plus scattered monuments here date back to the 10th century A.D. and as recent as the British era. Being the only place in Delhi that has witnessed over 1,000 years of continuous habitancy, it has seen the likes of some of the most influential dynasties and empires to rule the subcontinent and the enduring presence they have imprinted.
The park complex stays open throughout the day. Sunrise (6:00 AM) to sunset (6:00 PM) would be an appropriate time to visit.
Mehrauli on Mehrauli Gurgaon Road, New Delhi 110002, India
Suggested duration:2-3 hrs
Open and Closing Time
Visiting Hours -Sunrise to Sunset
Indian Visitor: No Fee
Foreign Visitor: No Fee
Near By Attraction
Tomb of Muhammad Shah
Hazrat Nizamuddin (The Shrine of Nizamuddin
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Distance between Qutub Minar Metro Station and Mehrauli Archeological Park is 2.5 miles or 2.2 nautical miles
Distance between Mehrauli Archaeological Park and Mehrauli Bus Stand is 12.4 miles or 10.8 nautical miles
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Interesting facts about Mehrauli Archaeological Park
The Mehrauli Archaeological Park has the unique distinction of holding monuments from around the 11th Century ACE, the ramparts of Qila Lal Kot established by the Tomars before the invaders came, to the tiny little British cenotaph adorning the velvety lawns. The area of Mehrauli is probably the oldest continuously inhabited area of the city.
There are extraordinary riches scattered around Mehrauli, with more than 440 monuments – from the 10th century to the British era – dotting a forest and the village itself behind the forest. In the forest, most impressive is the time-ravaged tombs of Balban and Quli Khan, his son, and the Jamali Khamali mosque, attached to the tomb of the Sufi poet Jamali. To the west is the 16th-century Rajon ki Baoli, Delhi's finest step-well, with a monumental flight of steps.
At the northern end of Mehrauli village is Adham Khan’s Mausoleum, which was once used as a British residence, then later as a police station and post office. Leading northwards from the tomb are the pre-Islamic walls of Lal Kot.
To the south of the village are the remains of the Mughal palace, the Zafar Mahal, once in the heart of the jungle. Next door to it is the Sufi shrine, the Dargah of Qutb Sahib.