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Mehrauli Park UPSC NOTE

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Major restoration and conservation works have been done at Mehrauli Archaeological Park.

The Delhi residents have a place to explore the Capital’s rich history and enjoy their time.

Mehrauli Archaeological Park

  • The Mehrauli Archaeological Park is a sprawling 200-acre site in South Delhi .

  • Its is home to a rich tapestry of historical monuments dating back to the 11th century. 

  • It is the only area in Delhi known for 1,000 years of continuous occupation.

 

  • This includes the ruins of Lal Kot built by Tomar Rajputs in 1060 CE, making it the oldest extant fort of Delhi.

Most notable monuments in the park include,

  • Qutub Minar: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s a soaring 73-meter-high tower that was built in the 12th century by Qutbuddin Aibak, the first Muslim ruler of Delhi.

  • Tomb of Balban: This is the final resting place of Ghiyas-ud-din Balban, the ninth Sultan of Delhi. The tomb is notable for its use of true arches and domes, which were rare in Indian architecture at the time.

Qutub Minar

  • Jamali Kamali Mosque and Tomb: It is a beautiful complex built in the 16th century. The mosque is known for its intricate carvings, while the tomb is said to house the remains of two Sufi saints.

  • Rajon Ki Baoli: This is a stepwell that was built in the 16th century. The baoli is 60 meters deep and has 104 steps leading down to the water.

  • Gandhak ki Baoli: It is another stepwell that is located in the park. The baoli is said to have been built in the 13th century and is known for its octagonal shape.

Rajon Ki Baoli


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