How does it feel when we roam in the midst of history that still breaths and whispers the age old sagas that enthrall the passion and no need to say that this kind of feeling is perhaps beyond explanations. We are lucky enough that our capital city is considered as one of the most important historic cities in the world that experienced the ups and downs of dynasties and ruling powers over thousands of years. History is past but the most miraculous thing is that past never dies. United Nations Organisation once decided that when history depicts the past and our past remains alive through the historical sites and architectures then those sites must be preserved as well as restored. This initiative will not only help to conserve the past but the future generation will come to know about their importance .
The capital has many age old structures that we should be proud of but unfortunately some of the majestic historical sites are now in poor condition and these are not much explored. Let’s have a look at few of them:
The Tomb of Sultan Ghiyas-ud-din Balban of Mamluk dynasty is located in Mehrauli. It was built in the 1287 CE. This tomb is almost ruined now and another ruined rectangular structure is also situated there which is known to be Balban's son’s tomb that lies to the east of the tomb.
Barakhamba Tomb is located in Connaught Place, this Tomb is a fine-looking relic made of red sandstone that was supposed to be built during the reign of Sher Shah Suri between the 15 and 16th centuries. The famous Barakhamba road is named after the tomb.
Located within the Qutub Minar complex, Mehrauli, Iltutmish Tomb is the mausoleum of Shams ud-Din Iltutmish who was the second Sultan of the Mamluk Dynasty of the Delhi Sultanate. Iltutmish was a fighter who faced many hardships since his childhood. Later on he became the Ruler of Delhi Sultanate.
This is another hidden gem of Delhi, Khan-I-Khana’s Tomb located in Nizamuddin East was built by Abdul Rahim for his wife. Abdul Rahim, one of the most famous poets during the reign of Emperor Akbar was also known as Khan-Khanan. Abdul Rahim was also buried beside the tomb of his beloved wife.
Mohammad Shah's Tomb
One of the well-preserved monuments of Delhi, Mohammad Shah’s Tomb in the Lodhi gardens flaunts a typical pattern followed in Sayyid and Lodhi dynasties. This beautiful octagonal tomb stands tall on a high platform. Muhammad Shah ruled between 1433 and 1445AD was the third monarch of the fourth dynasty of the Delhi Sultanate.
Purana Qila or the Old Fort is one of the oldest forts in Delhi. This is situated in the heart of the city. Commissioned by the Afghan King, Sher Shah Suri, it is the 16th-century stone fort that is a masterwork. There are tons of myths and legends of the medieval era that are attached to this fort and one of the most famous states that this fort was built on what was supposed to be Indraprastha, the capital of the Pandavas.