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Rediscovering the Mehrauli of the Last Mughal Bahadur Shah Zafar


Located behind the Qutub, is a world heritage site. The dimension of Mehrauli under archaeological heritage is known to the people of Delhi, what is not known is the living Mehrauli that is located just behind. Walk through Mehrauli, the 19th century suburban capital of the Mughal Empire. Let’s rediscover the last Mughal, Bahadur Shah Zafar, a composite mosaic containing numerous types of historic buildings, two medieval capitals, that of Rai Pithora and Lal Kot, water system, orchards and gardens set within a spectacular cultural landscape with the sprawling Mughal Palace its centre piece.

Prof. Nalini Thakur is a Professor of Architectural Conservation at the School of Planning and Architecture. The Mehrauli urban village was “rediscovered” in 1988 as the most important Late Mughal suburban home of Last Mughal Emperor. Prof. Nalini Thakur & her team was commissioned by the Delhi Development Authority in 1988 as a sequel to the prevention of demolition of the unprotected 16th century Chaumachi Tomb in Mehrauli settlement for which an unconditional stay was obtained by the Petitioner Conservation Society Delhi, a local heritage group.

Meeting point: Adam Khan’s tomb, Seth Sarai, Mehrauli village

Tips: carry a bottle of water

Extra costs: NIL

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