A walk back in time through the Dargah of Khwaja Qutubuddin Bakhtiar Kaki falls in Mehrauli, the first of the seven cities of Delhi. Beginning from emperor Akbar’s foster brother Adham Khan’s tomb, the walk to the dargah is through winding small alleys and lanes. Khwaja Qutub established this first Sufi centre in Delhi during the time of Iltutmish, his is the most important and oldest dargah in the city. The dargah complex contains other famous smaller dargahs, including that Qazi Hamiduddin Nagauri and Dai Sahiba, Khwaja Qutub’s wet nurse. The ruins of Zafar Mahal, Bahadur Shah Zafar’s summer palace lie adjacent to the dargah. It is the last of the Mughal monuments. The beautiful Moti Masjid made of white marble is adjacent to Zafar Mahal. If visitors are lucky, they get to listen to soulful Qawaalis in Khwaja Qutub’s courtyard.
Sadia Dehlvi is a well-known author, newspaper columnist, and political commentator from New Delhi. Over a career spanning 35 years, her writings and television discussions have focused on issues of faith, heritage, minorities, and women. She is a prominent Indian voice against radicalism and communalism. Dehlvi is the author of Sufism: The Heart of Islam and The Sufi Courtyard: Dargahs of Delhi, published by HarperCollins India.
Meeting point : Adam Khan Tomb entrance
Tips: Wear comfortable walking shoes and carry a bottle of water.
Extra costs: Nil