Time Required: 2-3 hrs
The Mehrauli Archaeological Park serves as a glimpse into a bygone era, and its proximity to chief localities in south Delhi make it an easy on-the-go stop with distinctive architecture to captivate your eyes at every step of your way. Not more than a kilometre away from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Qutb complex lies this magical gem of history tucked away and spread over a 200-acre area, which includes the ruins of the Lal Kot built by the Tomar Rajputs in 11th century A.D.
Mehrauli is one of the seven ancient cities that comprise of the present state of Delhi, and the archaeological park here is a testament to the richness of our past. The ruins present here are almost half a century older than Old Delhi (Shahjahanabad)! The 100 plus scattered monuments here date back to the 10th century A.D. and as recent as the British era. Being the only place in Delhi that has witnessed over 1,000 years of continuous habitancy, it has seen the likes of some of the most influential dynasties and empires to rule the subcontinent and the enduring presence they have imprinted.
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