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“Half Awesome, Half UnDeveloped”

Mehrauli Archaeological Park
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UNESCO Heritage Site: Qutub Minar and Mehrauli
Ranked #51 of 433 things to do in New Delhi
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Reviewed 25 January 2014

First, directions, as it is hard to find, as previous reviewers said. Coming from inner Delhi:
1) Take Aurobindo Marg towards Qutub Minar
2) Immediately after the Indian Handicrafts Emporium on the right (huge, long building), turn left onto Anuvrat Marg (Aurobindo becomes Anuvrat)
3) After you pass the Qutab Minar Metro Station on the left, make the next U-Turn
4) Get in the far left lane and start looking for the sign
5) Turn left into the park at a tiny entrance (break in a wall) with a large bluish/greenish sign that says: Delhi Development Authority and lists rules. (See photo section of this site for a picture)
6) Drive down the narrow road. It makes 2 sharp right bends before coming to a parking lot (past the Jamali Kamali Mosque/Tomb)
Note: The Parking lot has plenty of space, especially considering how uncrowded it was on a Saturday afternoon.

Now the Review:
If you stand in the parking lot with your back to the Jamali Kamali Mosque/Tomb and turn left, you will enter the undeveloped area. There are some amazing sites to see, but I would not recommend going to that area by yourself, especially as a female. There are men who just hang out near the sites and it would make me nervous. I was a bit nervous even with my husband there. You walk through very secluded paths and patches of forest. The paths are very uneven, so wear good hiking shoes.

The Jamali Kamali Mosque/Tomb is having work down on it and the workers have set up a tent village nearby while they work.

If you stand at the entrance to the mosque with your back to it and walk forward, you will see signs for Balban's Tomb. To reach it, you have to climb over some very rocky terrain full of ruins. Not for the unstable, but an interesting tomb if you reach it.

Back at the parking lot, with your back to the Jamali Kamali Mosque, walk straight towards the Qutub Minar or towards the right slightly and you will find the renovated nice part of the park. Paths are wide and relatively nice, there is maintained grass, and nice benches. There is a rose garden and a field where people were playing cricket. A few of the sites have very steep steps to climb. It is not very populated (especially compared to Lodi Gardens), so I still wouldn't go here by myself unless I stuck close to the parking lot. There were a few security guards near the parking lot and the Jamali Kamali tomb.

No bathroom facilities that I could see and no concessions. Bring in your own water. I'd also wear long pants, as some of the paths have thorny plants coming into them. Also wear good walking/hiking shoes.

1  Thank Carrie R
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Reviewed 4 January 2014

I had visited Qutub Minar multiple times, never heard about this Park to my surprise this park is very much attached to Qutub Minar, i entered this park thru the main road , still don't know the main enterance (heheh), Park is huge , covered with green belt, rose garden which i suppose is not accessible to public just to make sure the garden & roses are maintained, I am sure that i must have only covered few portion of this part, among all the monuments i like Rajon Ki Baoli my first ever visit to any Baoli, this place is enchanting , must go....

2  Thank anilvenky26
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Reviewed 1 December 2013

If you have a few days in Delhi, do not miss this site, it is a short walk from Qutab Minar metro station and sits between the metro station and the QM main site.
It is easy to spend 1-2 hours wandering these gardens, and though there are still some wild areas it is all being quickly transformed and landscaped.
The most impressive place is the tomb of Jamali Kamali, which sits in a locked courtyard next to the main mosque. The security guards will let you in. The interior of the tomb is impressively preserved and very beautiful.
Also worth seeing is Metcalfe's Dilkush, Balban's tomb and to the west of the site a large temple with steps leading down to a well.
Birds and animals a plenty and few people make this a very tranquil setting. I suppose like most of Delhi, this would get busy at weekends, especially Sundays.
Unlike a previous visitor, I never felt any danger at this site.

1  Thank Grahamek
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

Visited the park after reading the reviews here, it being on top list in Delhi's Off the beaten path list.... First, we found it with great difficulty. Nobody knows it with this name, not even Delhi Tourism office as we called them for location. Local people know it more as Jamali Kamali mosque. The place was deserted till few meters & after that a group of Rowdy kids playing n hooting, no guards, no public, stink all around-- the place is a open urinal, I suppose. Even if there are hidden gems here( which were definitely well marked) please go in a group. We did not go ahead as we were with teenage kids & didn't feel safe at all.

8  Thank Arvi28
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Reviewed 12 May 2013

This place is totally hidden away near Vasant Kunj. The no of times I've driven past and not noticed it is unbelievable. You need at least a couple of hours to walk around this place to appreciate it. Lots of monuments have an explanation but the ones that intrigued me the ones which are still hidden away and not been restored. There's a mosque in particular which gives you the goosebumps with the trees growing inside and a tomb of an unknown person. Unfortunately lots of rowdy kids from the Mehrauli village keep hooting so makes better sense to go in a group. Don't miss the Rajon ki Baoli.

2  Thank zarreenk
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