Mehrauli Archaeological Park is a heritage park covering an area of about 200 acres located close to the Qutub Complex in New Delhi. The park has been developed around historical monuments dating back to almost a millennium.
Entrance to Park is on Mehrauli Gurgaon Road. It is situated just behind the World Heritage complex of the Qutub Minar.There is no signage which names the Park. You will see a vertical signboard which says ‘Delhi Development Authority, Rules & Regulations’ outside a gate. That gate is the entry to the Park. At the entrance there is big tomb known as Balban’s tomb which is one of the finest example of Mughal architecture. After walking some distance there is a beautiful mosque on the left which is known as Jamali Kamali mosque. It has two graves. One grave is of Jamali. The other one is of a person known as Kamali. The mosque is believed to be first pioneering work of Mughal architecture in India. The prayer hall has five arches, with the central arch being the biggest and having a dome. The tomb is of square structure with a flat roof. Both the mosque and tomb are beautifully decorated.
There is another attraction known as Rajon Ki Baoli baoli which is a step well. There are steps that take you to the bottom of the well. In the olden times, they made chambers with steps close to the shaft of the well. Here, people use to gather for social interaction and also to enjoy the cooler environment surrounding the well, away from the heat outside. It is called Rajon Ki Baoli because it was primarily used by the raj, the masons. Mehrauli Archaeological Park has a unique distinction of holding monuments from around 11th century AD.
Nearest Metro Station: Qutub Minar (Yellow Line)
Entry Fee: Free