The Lost World: Unearthing Lesser Known Monuments of Delhi
Delhi is brimming with landmarks from the past letting us know stories of its turbulent past right from its starting phase. While every one of us have gone to the greater part of the more “touristy” ones like the Red Fort or the Humayun’s tomb, there is a fortune trove of landmarks out there, holding up to be investigated. These are overlooked monuments of Delhi, neglected by most voyagers and occupants, and similarly ignored by the Government. Hope after reading this section, you will be roused to visit these precious diamonds from our past.
First things first, Delhi can be reached easily by any means of transport, from any part of the country. So you can easily get a Kanpur, Shimla, Manali, Chandigarh to Delhi taxi, or from any nearby area. For places more than 800 km, it is recommended to opt for the rail or air means. Now, read ahead to know about the lesser known monuments of Delhi that are still hidden from the attention of many travellers and even locals of the city.
- Salimgarh Fort, MG Marg
Salimgarh Fort reserves a critical spot in our verifiable legacy. This Fort was built by Salim Shah Suri, child of Sher Shah Suri in 1546 AD, in the brief period in the Mughal rule when the Suris held influence. You can see the angled extension associating the Red Fort with the Salimgarh fortification, built by Jahangir. Today, this fort is one of Delhi’s most spooky destinations, with a long record of holding prisoners in jail, first amid Aurangzeb’s period, and later during the British, after the Sepoy revolt and after that with the INA detainees.
- Adham Khan’s Tomb
This is another bhulbhulaiya, however not half as cherished and feted as the one in Lucknow. It was built by Akbar. Adham Khan, a priest at the imperial court, was the child of Akbar’s wet medical attendant Maham Anga. The man was thrown off from the terrace of the Agra Fort by the Emperor himself for killing one of his most loved pastors. Lying north of the Qutub Minar, this Mughal structure has a fairly non-Mughal shape, since it is octagonal rather than hexagonal because, Akbar deliberately emphasized this distinction to highlight it as a “tomb of a traitor”.
- Khirki Masjid, Saket
Khirki Masjid, a concealed pearl situated in the Khirki town inverse the well known Saket Mall in Delhi is another lovely mosque credited to Junan Shah. It has 81 vaults, 180 sections and 15 supplication to God curves. This is a generally secured mosque, the first of its kind in India, and to adjust for this and to guarantee appropriate ventilation, Junan Shah fabricated red sandstone windows rather than dividers giving the mosque its one of a kind name. Unfortunately, even this is presently one of the overlooked landmarks of Delhi, but you must check this one out whenever possible.
- Jamali Kamali Mosque
Just off the Mehrauli–Gurgaon Road, the sixteenth century Sufi court writer Jamali is covered in a tomb alongside Kamali. Well, Kamali was the writer’s (male) beau. Some even say that Kamali is Jamali’s wife. Jamali Kamali Tomb and Mosque was built somewhere in the sixteenth century. The mosque is fabricated like a little fort with turrets and a door worked in the style of Lodi tombs. Inside the tomb there are two marble graves with stucco work and calligraphy.
The Chandigarh to Delhi distance is hardly of about 3 hours, so if you are one history lover and have a passion to explore lesser known gems of the past, then mate, what are you waiting for?