“सिर्फ मैं अपनी कहानी ही नहीं ,
सुन मुझे तेरी भी रुदाद हुँ मैं ..”
With every turn of the wheel of time, the story of Delhi too changed. But, throughout this story Mehrauli always played a character. Since 736 AD, when Anangpal Tomar first fortified it as Lal Kot, it grew in political prominence under the Chauhans and the subsequent Sultan rulers. Even with the power shift with Lodis and the Mughals it remained a cultural and Sufi hub, and BahadurShah Zafar’s and Sir Thomas Metcalfe’s favored summer destination. Mehrauli was never abandoned. It has the footprints of the Prophet Mohammad and revered saints in its folds.To talk about Mehrauli is to talk about Delhi expanding, changing, assimilating and growing. So on Saturday, 2nd April the Karavan will take a walk down the plethora of monuments that pervade the lanes of the Mehrauli village and turn a few pages listening to the stories of the kings, warriors, generals, eunuchs and saints of this first city of Delhi.
Places to be covered:
Adham Khan Tomb ( Bhoolbhullayya)
Hijron ki Khanqah
Hauz e Shamshi
Mughal period Jharna
Qutub Sahab Dargah ( kismat rahi to qawwali sunne ko milegi 😀
NOTE: Our discussion will be done in Zabaan-e-Dilli (Urdu/Hindi ONLY
Day: 2nd April, 2016 (Saturday)
Timings: 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Totall walking distance 3km in a loop
Meeting Point: Mehrauli Bus Depot (Opposite Bhool Bhulaiyya)Best Way to Reach: Take the Metro till Qutb Minar on the Yellow Line (Gurgaoon-Jahangirpuri Track), cross MG Road & then take an auto (Rs 40) or Park your cars at Qutb Minar complex & take an auto (Rs 20). DTC buses also run from all parts of Delhi to Mehrauli Bus Terminal
ESSENTIALS TO WEAR & CARRY:
1- All participants should carry something to cover their heads, so be it dupattas, scarves, handkerchiefs etc for the entry to Dargah.
2- Dress conservatively to respect religious sentiments of the people in the area
2- Do wear a good pair of walking shoes or flip-flops.
3- A bottle of drinking water