Mehrauli Archaeological Park – Main Mehrauli Hoon


Have you ever wondered what the first City of Delhi looked like? How rich is the past of Delhi and who were the people that ruled this place? If you want to find your answers, join  Delhi Walks® for an interesting Heritage Walk in the first city of Delhi – Mehrauli.

 Delve into a realm where mighty empires rose and fell, where love stories were etched in sandstone, and where the echoes of bygone eras still whisper through winding alleyways. Unlock the secrets of Delhi’s primordial crown jewel – Mehrauli, the first city that spawned an epic tapestry of dynasties, intrigues, and architectural marvels. Go back with us to a time when Delhi first saw any urban settlement.

Mehrauli literally derives its name from the word ‘Mehr‘ or the blessing of Allah. However, this city was not established by the first Muslim rulers but by the first ruler of Delhi, Anangpal Tomar. It was later extended by Prithviraj Chauhan and got the name Qila Rai Pithora. It was only under the later rulers that the city got its name Mehrauli. Our Mai Mehrauli Hoo signature experience will transport you to an age when the Tomars and Chauhans ruled supreme, leaving behind a trail of wonders waiting to be rediscovered by the modern wanderer’s eye.

As you stride through the ancient Mehrauli Archaeological Park, prepare to be spellbound by the ethereal tomb of Balban’s son. Behold its weathered cenotaph, once enchanted to release enticing fragrances befitting a fallen sultan’s final resting place. Let your imagination soar as our walk leaders® weave tales of Balban’s dramatic rise and decline, breathing vibrant life into stone facades.

But that’s merely a whisper of the marvels awaiting you. Around the next corner, an architectural gem captures the boundless depths of human affection – the iconic blue-tiled Jamali Kamali tomb and mosque. This breathtaking complex immortalizes the legendary romance between two brave souls, Jamali and Kamali, whose love for one another defied societal norms. As you gaze upon exquisite jali lattices and lotus motifs and unravel the symbolism behind them with our walk leaders® , you’ll be transported into a world where love knows no boundaries and architecture was used to physically manifest this beautiful human emotion.

As our journey unfolds, you’ll encounter an open-air museum of Delhi’s dynastic legacies. From the majestic Lodhi Tombs to the ancient stepwells of Rajon Ki Baoli and Daulat Khan’s mausoleum, remnants of mighty Tomar, Chauhan, and Mughal empires emerge from every crevice. All around, exotic bird calls and lush flora create a verdant paradise lost to the modern concrete jungle.

Be ready to notice the perfect picturesque spot at Rajon ki Baoli. If you are a person fascinated by water bodies, this is the perfect place for you.

But the show stealer  awaits at the exquisite Dilkhusha palace and boat house complex. Once a Mughal nobleman’s final repose, this sandstone marvel was ingeniously transformed into a lavish honeymoon retreat by the English aristocrat Thomas Metcalfe. As you wander amidst shimmering fountains and ornate lattice archways, let our impassioned narrators sweep you into the era when love conquered all boundaries – even death itself. It won’t be an exaggeration to say one is often transferred to a charming English town at Dilkusha.

On this multi-sensory odyssey, you won’t just bear witness to Mehrauli’s captivating history – you’ll become fully immersed within its beating heart and soul. Our  walk leaders® will regale you with priceless anecdotes, ancient legends, and vivid tales that blur the lines between past and present. From the grand visions of Tomar kings to the opulent indulgences of Mughal nobles and cunning colonial reconfigurations, every brick and turret will whisper secrets into your spellbound senses.

When you finally emerge from this transcendent time-warp, the modern Delhi sprawl will feel like a mere afterthought. For you’ll have experienced the true genesis of this great empire – a saga of passion, conquest, and resplendent grandeur that few are privileged to witness firsthand.

Today, Mehrauli is overshadowed by the mighty Qutub Minar. But Mehrauli is one of the most historically rich complexes of Delhi. It is now used by early-morning joggers and students who want to enjoy the newly built cafe in the complex. But, after this experience, you would have seen the time travel that Mehrauli Archaeological Park is.

Indulge your thirst for discovery and ignite your wanderlust! Secure your place on the “Mai Mehrauli Hoo” heritage trail by joining India City Walks® and Delhi Walks®. Let us peel back the velvet curtains of history and whisk you into a world where love, art, and power converge in breathtaking symbiosis. An experience simply unmatched by any “sights and bites” tour, this is your gateway into the primordial soul of Delhi.

Walk with us® to get whisked away into a realm where passion defies mortality, where grandiose visions are etched in stone, and where every crevice holds the promise of rediscovering lost eras. Join us in an odyssey that will forever intertwine your spirit with the magnificent genesis of Delhi’s great saga.

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RED FORT – Qila e Mubarak Heritage Walk


 If you’re familiar with the magnificent Red Fort of Delhi, you know it’s the place where the Prime Ministers of India hoist the national flag to celebrate the country’s independence. It’s the very spot where the first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, stood and delivered his famous “Tryst with Destiny” speech. However, how many of us truly understand the rich history that lies within the walls of this iconic structure?

Walk with us® on an incredible journey to explore the majestic beauty of the Red Fort’s architecture.  Immerse yourself in the captivating tales of its past that will certainly leave you awe-struck and gain a deeper appreciation for the struggles and triumphs that echo within its walls. With India City Walks and Delhi Walks, you’ll embark on an unforgettable experience that will leave you in awe of this remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Site.

For centuries, the imposing sandstone walls of Delhi’s magnificent Red Fort have stood witness to the epic saga of royal dynasties, struggles for power, and India’s historic march towards independence. It appears as if it has survived the whims of cruel time. Our walk in this historic structure also known as Qila-e-Mubarak takes place in a chronological order wherein stories of establishment of the Mughal dynasty mark the beginning of the walk. The saga of the last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar, naturally, marks the end of this experience. Owing to this nature of the walk, one gains deeper insights into how Mughal history unfolded in the Indian subcontinent thus making the experience of history and culture enthusiasts, tourists trying to understand roots of India, and individuals part of the educational ecosystem.

Our tales from the Red Fort signature experience will immerse you in the triumphs, intrigues, and extravagant lifestyles of Shah Jahan’s mighty citadel like no other. One will be amazed to notice the precision of courtly etiquettes practiced in the royal court. If you are someone who spends hours watching period pieces, this is an experience designed especially  for you! Ofcourse, there is drama on one hand and extraordinary beauty of human relationships on the other.

Crossing the imperial moat, you’ll enter through the Delhi Gate – the same regal passage once graced by the emperor himself. Then marvel at the grand Lahore Gate, whose arches have borne witness to colonial subjugation and India’s defiant struggle for freedom.

Within the mighty sandstone ramparts, a dazzling new world awaits. Lose yourself in the buzzing Chatta Chowk bazaars, where vibrant awnings and fragrant delicacies conjure visions of royal opulence. Gaze upwards at the incredibly carved ceilings that once shaded Mughal princes and princesses alike. This pitstop is nothing less than a testament to the vibrancy of Indian markets. From embroidered shawls to Mughal handicrafts, you name it, they have it! Shopkeepers of the market claim to have been here since no less than a century.

From ancient stepping stones emerges a breathtaking panorama of Shah Jahan’s grand creations. Ever thought about the relationship that music shared with the Mughal court? Did you know that it was a love affair that was responsible for the deterioration of this relationship? Detailed answers to these questions will be woven into stories at the regal drum house of the palace- Naubat Khana.

Stand in awe before the vacant throne of the Diwan-i-Aam, envisioning the Peacock masterpiece that once embodied Mughal grandeur. Stories about this structure will certainly give one a sneak-peak into a day in the Mughal court.

The stunning Mumtaz Mahal palace named for the emperor’s cherished wife, the intricately tiled Rang Mahal with its mesmerizing cascade – all unfurl before you in timeless glory.  Glimpse the hammam baths to uncover long-forgotten bathing rituals with our expert storytelling. The structures, carved in white marble, convey flavours of royalty. These structures look no less than a set for a movie in their full glory.

 As you meander through ornate pleasure pavilions and private bedchambers, our passionate walk leaders® will bring tales of royal romance, political machinations, and hard-won freedom struggles alive in the most authentic way possible. From peak political drama to the beauty of human relationships, our heritage walk in Red Fort covers finest stories of portrayal of human emotions.

As you pass through lush, sculpted gardens and opulent palace pavilions, prepare to be regaled with thrilling accounts of some of the strongest women that Indian history has ever seen – the influential Jahanara and the defiant Zebunnisa -dotting the palace structure with their individual assertions of love and desire. Ever wondered about royal suitors  risking everything to indulge in forbidden romances? Our walk leaders® got your back with the finest soul-stirring stories about it!

And just when you thought you’ve experienced it all, prepare to be dazzled! From the exquisite marble domes of Moti Masjid to Sawan-Bhadon’s ornamental ode to nature’s cycles – every turn reveals another magnificent bygone jewel.

The experience will end at the Zafar Mahal which awaits to reveal sagas of pain, suffering, and regrets. How did such a mighty dynasty of Mughals decline? Was it because of internal or external reasons? To know more on similar lines, join our experience in the magnificent Qila-e-Mubarak.

This isn’t just any heritage tour – it’s an all-encompassing sensory odyssey transporting you into the heart of Shah Jahan’s epic rule. So don’t just visit Old Delhi’s crown glory – immerse yourself in its very essence- See Delhi from the Eye of Delhite®!

Be among the select few to experience tales of Qila-e-Mubarak with Delhi Walks® this season. Our limited-batch journeys grant you exclusive access to revel in the fort’s mysteries as few ever can. Walk With Us® into a realm where Mughal opulence still lives and breathes! This experience is no less than a time travel, do not delay!

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Chandni Raat mein Chandni Chowk (Old Delhi Heritage Walk)

From wedding shopping to tourist sight-seeing, one cannot experience Delhi holistically without going to Chandni Chowk once- living history, remnants of royalty, or a heaven for food lovers. Imagine strolling through the famed Chandni Chowk, one of the finest living historical markets in the world constructed during the Mughal era, as the moon’s mystical glow illuminates hidden alleyways and regal facades.

When Shahjahan was constructing his capital Shahjahanabad (Old Delhi), he entrusted Jahanara Begum with the project of building the central market, envisioned to be immortal in history. She conceived the concept of Chandni Chowk or the “Moon-Lit Square,” owing to a canal running through the middle of the market, which would reflect the moonlight, illuminating the entire street. This isn’t just any ordinary walking tour. It’s a chance to experience the mesmerizing transformation of Chandni Chowk after dark, when the bustling markets take on an entirely new persona under the soft moonlight. Your expert Walk Leader® will regale you with fascinating tales that whisk you back through the centuries as you marvel at the silver shops of Dariba Kalan, the “lane of impeccable pearls” and discover tales of power, romance, and wars associated with it.

The Mughal fascination with food extended beyond mere sustenance; it was a reflection of their cultural identity, a symbol of power and sophistication, and a means of cultural exchange and integration. The Mughal culinary legacy continues to influence and shape various regional cuisines in South Asia and beyond. An extension of this legacy lies in the range of food dishes that can be found in Chandni Chowk by the time sun sets. From chaat to Parathas, our walk leader® will have stories to tell that will help you make sense of the past of food items that we often take for granted. With this walk, inhale the intoxicating aromas wafting from the legendary Parathe Wali Gali-a place which has been graced by the presence of famous bollywood stars and pertinent political personalities.
According to Beto, a Japanese traveler, this canal was a lover’s destination at night. Amorous couples who had wished to keep their affairs away from prying eyes had met here in secret and disappeared among the confusing maze of alleyways, shops and houses on either side to elude observers and spies.Discover hidden lovers’ lanes once frequented by amorous couples escaping prying eyes (remember that mughal history is all about stories of love, revenge, betrayal and much more drama!).
“Chandni Raat mein Chandni Chowk ” promises a heritage walk of contrasts. At times, you’ll find yourself in the crowded Kinari Bazaar- a market specialising in the selling of borders or laces for lehengas, and suddenly transported to the realm of quietness in the lane of Naughara (the lane of beautiful nine houses). You’ll experience the hustle and bustle of the spice market, but will also step into the serenity and spirituality around Sish Ganj Gurudwara, a structure significant for its martyrdom, bravery, and courage.

But that’s merely a glimpse of the enchantment awaiting you. Moonlight has the power to transform the landscape of various historical monuments. As the moon casts its magic over majestic Mughal-era havelis and imposing colonial buildings like that of the Town Hall, their stories will captivate you in a whole new light.

From the Khazanchi Haveli’s chronicle of Mughal rise and fall, to the Fatehpuri Mosque’s commanding presence at the end of the iconic street – every monument has a spellbinding tale to share and in their nocturnal glory, these tales become even more soul-stirring. But remember, these tales will translate into moving experiences only when one sees them through the eye of a Delhite. See Delhi from Eye of Delhite® and make every step of the walk count!

A completely different aura surrounded the cultural fabric of Chandni Chowk in the evenings. Mehfils were an important part of the 18th century Mughal culture and were organized by nobles regularly in the evenings. Individual havelis also became a hub for organizing these mehfils.There were also a number of public women, dancing girls and courtesans, who performed in mahfils. With stops like Khazanchi’s Haveli, this experience will take you back to the charms of these mahfils- mannerisms and etiquettes of these mahfils will come to life as stories unfold in historic havelis of Chandni Chowk.As you reach the culmination of Chandni Chowk, a striking contrast awaits at Fatehpuri Mosque. To the right, the legendary Khari Baoli (Spice Market) glows with warm halos of light- naturally, the artificial ones, Yet look overhead, and the domed minarets are awash in the moon’s soft, opalescent white beams. One moment, the monument basks in earthly tones from the fiery bazaars. Next, it’s draped in cool, heavenly moonlight. This juxtaposition perfectly captures the coexistence of spiritual and commercial energies defining Old Delhi’s essence. From dawn’s first bazaar sparks to evening azaan calls echoing through lamp-lit alleys, Chandni Chowk personifies the endless dance between divinity and delicious indulgence.

Experiencing Chandni Chowk in moonlight is similar to tasting bits and pieces of the social life of the 18 th century Delhi. With stories instilling fascination and amuse , and lively contemporary realities, have an experience to cherish for a long amount of time.

Don’t let this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity slip away. Walk with Us® on the “Chandni Raat mein Chandni Chowk Walk” and experience Old Delhi’s crown jewel in a way few ever have. Soak in the richness of culture, savor authentic flavors, and create cherished memories that will forever bind you to the magic of Chandni Chowk by moonlight.

Spots are limited, so secure your place today! Contact us to book this unforgettable immersion into the beating heart of Delhi’s ancient soul.

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Haveli Trail: Old Delhi

The beauty of the Old Havelis in Chandni Chowk lie in the crumbling state as they are in, today who have stood the test of time. Walking past the Old city of Shahjahanabad, the almost broken and haunted looking havelis have a certain magnet which has the power to attract you towards them. Take out some time, to admire the elaborate arcades, colossal doors, which take you back to a long by-gone era.
Situated in Chhota Bazaar, opposite old St.Stephen’s College building, Seth Ram Lal Khemka Haveli was once a place where wealth and power concentrated. It was built in 1850, the mansion has been a witness to the plunder during sepoy mutiny and the revolt of 1857. The present owners, Baglas, inherited the mansion in around 1905. The mansion is built using two types of brickworks from colonial era and the thinner ones, being the Lakhori bricks.
This 19th century mansion welcomes you with an open-air aourtyar with stairways leading towards the large rooms. The effort of the present family can be seen in keeping the old charm alive of the mansion.
How to get there: Ten minutes walk from Kashmere Gate metro station
A textile from the Mughal era, one of the wealthiest people in Delhi, Lala Chunnamal’s haveli was built in 1848. The positioning of the haveli, is interesting as it is situated in the Walled city of Shahjahanabad, the commercial hub of the city, but as you enter the quiet lanes, you forget the hustle and the chaos around you. Although a neglected haveli, it still sparks the erstwhile opulence and an unrestricted entrance welcome you whole heartedly. The mansion consists of 128 rooms which still consists of the chandeliers, antique wall hangings, family pictures on the wall with wooden chimneys. Currently, the 10th generation is staying as well as has the ownership of the mansion
How to get there: Five minutes walk from Chawri Bazaar metro station via Nai Sarak Marg
A mansion near the canal, as you walk through Daryaganj road, is a mansion which was owned by the forefathers of Pervez Musharraf,the ex-President of Pakistan. The mansion is said to be spread over 24,800 sq.ft the structure is dilapidated even though it was once a seat of muslim culture and traditions.
How to get there: Ten minutes walk from Chawri Bazaar
The traffic at Lal Kuan might let you walk past through the quaint place which was once a haveli of Begum zeenat Mahal, the favourite wife of Bahadur Shah Zafar. Towards the west of Hauz Qazi, the mansion dates back to 1846, when it was ordered by the empress herself. After her death, the Mahal was not taken care by anyone, till it was sold to the Indian Government by the Maharaja of Patiala. It stands in complete disarray and houses the famous school for Muslim girls, which happened with encroachments over the years.
How to get there: Ten minutes walk from Chawri Bazaar metro station via NaiSarakMarg
Bhagirath Palace, one of the biggest markets for electrical, was also a mansion for someone. While we still use the place for our shopping, much less is known about the mansion. The mansion was constructed in 1`8th century for a French mercenary Walter Reinhart. His wife’s name was Begum Samru. Pondering over the architecture you might see that it reflects quite a lot of both, the Greek and Roman architecture, with Corinthian columns.
How to get there: Ten minutes walk from Chandni Chowk metro station

Cradle of Heritage & Culture

The Lal Quila, also known as the Blessed Fort is one of the finest architectural Marvels of Mughal periods. Built between 1638 and 1648 by Shah Jahan is the seventh Muslim city within the boundaries of Delhi. The fort has 2 gates which open into the city of Delhi; first one is the Lahore, which faces the city of Lahore in Pakistan. The fort was built using the red sandstone which gives it the name “Red Fort”. The walls which are about 2kms in length vary in height from 18 meters to 33 meters.
Like any other fort the Red Fort is also divided into several parts, each one of them has their individual functions and importance. For example, ‘Diwan-i-am’ i.e. the public audience was where the emperor held meetings with the public and his private meetings were conducted in the ‘Diwan-i-khas’. “Rang Mahal” or “The Palace of Colors” was meant to be private quarters for the emperor’s wives and mistresses. The hall is decorated with beautiful mirrors and paintings; the famous “Mumtaz Mahal” has now been converted into a museum. The Turkish styled baths which are known as the ‘Hamams’ and the private working area of Shah Jahan was called the “Shah Burj”. The royal chambers or the ‘Khas Mahal’ is another tourist attraction. A courtyard specially designed for the musicians adds to the grandeur of the fort. Later, Aurangzeb had extended the Fort with the Pearl Mosque or the ‘Moti Masjid’
The fort has witnessed the extravagant lifestyle of the royals during this period, many a people have been rewarded with riches of lifetime by the Mughal, but as we all know nothing lasts forever no matter how powerful and rich you are. The Mughal Empire eventually declined and this falling out resulted in the falling of the fort with the invasion of Nadir Shah and eventually the British Government. The Fort what we see today also houses the settlements constructed by the British within its complex.
“The Blessed Fort” Walk of Delhi Walks takes you through the whole timeline of the Red Fort along with tones of stories and legends associated with them. Ms Nidhi Bansal one of many such walks taking you into an era of glory and power. Explore the rich heritage of Indian History with Delhi Walks.

When the sun sets at Shahjahanabad the city rises!

Shahjahanabad was the ‘seventh’ city which reflected the Mughal magnificence of Shah Jahan’s vision of 1639.The city is a beautiful amalgamation of religions, culture, food, people and heritage. The best time of the day to witness its beauty is at night, when the city gears up to unwind it the colours of the place. This memorable experience in the walled city of Delhi is curated by ‘Delhi Walks’, a flagship brand of India City Walks that strives to provide unique, memorable city experiences.

The Old Delhi experience begins after sunset at Jama Masjid, one of Shahjahanabad’s most prominent architectural landmarks. A walking tour with ‘Delhi Walks’ will help you understand the grandeur of Shah Jahan’s vision and the kind of resources that the Emperor had at his disposal. You will not be able to go inside the mosque at this hour of the day, but since the mosque is at an elevated area, you can see the grandeur from a distance as well. The elaborate Indo-Islamic architecture and the magnificent courtyard where people still sit and pray, is an exquisite sight to watch.
Stepping out of Shahjahan’s imperial Mosque, you straight enter into the lively alleys pf Old Delhi. Discover the gems of the main streets of Chandni Chowk, when we tell you the stories related to them. It was said that the main street was called as Chandni Chowk because the a tank at the center of this historic street once reflected a moonlight.
This walk promises to enthrall history buffs with the magnificent view of Red Fort on one end, Fatehpuri Masjid on the other and an array of heritage buildings on both ends.
The road staright ahead from Jama Masjid takes us to the most opulent bazaar loaded with a wide array of precious, semi-precious stones which can easily give competition to other streets in India. The street which was once a street lined with jewellery from various corners of the world, has looters eyeing on the wealth that the empire had in terms of Jewellery, which has gone through enough ransack to let it now sell only silver jewellery. But the designs offered here are unmatched to any other place.
A walk through DaribaKalan, would lead you to a small alley called Kinari bazaar which is a haven for those who love to shop till they literally drop with the weight of the bags that they’re carrying. At night, the lanes glitter, pop and shine with the colourful borders, laces and colorful embellishments
Tucked away in the heart of Kinari is a lane that’s easy to miss. This tranquil lane is known as Naughara, which contains nine traditional havelis that belong to the Jain community. Not very from Naughara lies a popular lane called galliparantheywalli. Pack a parantha or two from this alley only to head back to Naughara, to enjoy your moment of peace!

At the extreme end of this symmetrical street lies KhariBaoli, Asia’s largest spice market. A walk through the spice market lets you experience the smell of freshly ground spices, which is a mesmerizing feeling!
The Charm of Old delhi is intoxicating, and charismatic. A walk around Old Delhi is letting yourself immerse into the culture, the history and all that the city has to offer!

When the past coalesce with the present: Old Delhi

Old Delhi is not a place, it’s an experience. Each street that you visit has a different story to tell. While you reminisce the past Haveli’s which are forgotten, you also get to experience the delectable’s that the place has to offer. While going through the narrow alleys of the Mughal magnificence the original havelis of Shahjahan’s era are gone now, most of them destroyed, but some of them taken over by larger populations dividing and converted into mohallas or the residential colonies and katras or the commercial enclaves. The main street of Chandni Chowk houses the most prominent Red Fort, which was the residential complex of the Mughal emperor, at the end of the street is his favourite wive’s Mosque, named after Fatehpuri Begum. There is an interesting story behind naming the main street as well. It was said, that the central arcade of the main street had a well at the center. On a full moon night, when the moonlight used to fall on the reservoir, it used to reflect on the mainstreet. That is why it was called as the moonlit square.

Apart from the old deserted Haveli’s which used to be of prominent people, the local culture and mixture of the people was effervescent. With the vibrancy that the walled city has to offer, the city has some delectables to offer. Be it for the non-vegetarians or vegetarians, such as Paranthewali gali, it is also the food haven.

If we have to travel back in time, the main street of Chandni Chowk exposes us to such cultural and religious tolerance which is unmatched till now. The main street has a Digambar Jain Temple, in line you have the famous Gurudwara Sis Ganj, right opposite to which is a cathedral Church and right at the end is the Fatehpuri Mosque.

Tracing the Sufi Roots: Sheikh Nizamuddin

A veteran Sufi saint and the disciple of Baba Farid-ud-Din Shakar-i-Ganj, entombed in Delhi in an area which was earlier known as Ghiyaspur, it was the area where Kaiqubad- the grandson and successor of Balban shifted his capital from Delhi. Located 5 miles from modern day Delhi is Ghiyaspur, today known as the Nizam-ud-Din area deriving name from the veteran Sufi saint entombed here. Despite the fact that the saint died some 700 years ago the shrine even today is a active pilgrimage site where people from all walks of life are welcomed and no discrimination is done on the basis on religion, caste or creed. The main shrine of Shaikh Nizam-ud-Din is surrounded by a number of other tombs like that of Amir Khusro who was the most beloved disciple of Shaikh Nizam-ud-Din, the saint was so close to Amir Khusro that his last wish was that Khusro should be buried near him but due to constant rebellion by the peerzadas after the death of Shaikh Nizam-ud-Din Amir Khusro could not be buried near him and he was allotted a place at what was known as chabutra-i-yaarani, where Shaikh use to deliver a sermon to his disciples.

Jahan Ara Begum the beloved daughter of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan also lies buried here; she built a tomb for herself in her life time. Other later Mughal emperors like Muhammad Shah rangeela during his reign the central Asian invader Nadir Shah attacked Delhi and took away the famous Kohinoor diamond and Takht-i-taws i.e. the peacock throne of Emperor Shah Jahan. A medieval historian named Zia-ud Din Barani is also entombed here; he has to his credit the composition of great Historical works like Tarikh-i-Firuzshahi, Fatwa-i-Jahandari. The Dargah complex houses a number of tombs and Baolii.e. a step well which acted as a bone of contention between the Sufi saint and emperor Ghiyas-ud-Din Tughlaq because the labor which was working for the construction of Tughlaqabad fort on the orders of Ghiyas-ud-Din Tughlaq was also working on the construction of this Baoli for Shaikh Nizam-ud-Din. When the emperor heard of this he was furious and commanded the labor to only work for him and not for the saint, the laborers out of their devotion towards the saint started working for him at night after working for the Emperor during the day. The emperor when informed was further agitated and he banned the sale of kerosene oil to Shaikh Nizam-ud-Din. It was now that a miracle was performed by the saint and the water from the baoli worked as good as kerosene oil to lighten the earthen pots.

A lot of stories revolve around the miracles, selfless personality of Shaikh Nizam-ud-Din. People in large numbers visit the Dargah of the saint especially on Thursdays as a routine pilgrimage and offer flowers, chadars, incense sticks, food to the poor people to gain spiritual merit. A common practice here is to tie a red sacred thread for a wish, once the wish is fulfilled one has to come and open the thread and feed poor people or offer what they has sentenced when they made a wish. The entire Nizam-ud-Din area is a living cultural tradition having various aspects to itself, for some it is a religious and spiritual affair on the other hand for the others it is a fascinating glimpse of the functional tomb veneration in Delhi.

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