Join this haunted buildings tour of Delhi and face the ghosts eye to eye

We had called this tour, the haunted buildings tour of Mehrauli! The day chosen for this tour was perfect- December 25. The sky was overcast and a heavy fog lay over the city. Indeed, the weather gods had conspired among themselves to really make December 25, a  haunted day!The idea was to visit the various haunted places in the Mehrauli Archaeological Area.

 

The  Qutub Minar was enveloped by a thick blanket of fog and it appeared to me to be  some kind of a scary building

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The famous Mehrauli landmark was covered by a thick fog

Do you know about the Qutub Minar? It is one of the tallest historical structures in India. 

The haunted buildings tour in Mehrauli

 

I have been to the Mehrauli Park several times in the past.

All alone.

Immersed in my thoughts. But, what made this haunted buildings tour special was that here, I was a part of an audience. I just wanted to be a listener and get lost in the stories of the haunted places of Mehrauli.

 

I just wanted to be a listener and an onlooker. No comments, no gyan, but just a soaker of stories.

 

The tour organizer was the enthu duo of Ritesh Datta- Sushmita. These guys are bubbly and full of energy, warmth and good humor. And boy, did they do their job well? Yes, most certainly, they did.They actually made this Delhi Haunted Tour come alive!

The haunted Mehrauli Archaeological Park can be accessed with a gate that is always open. There are no tickets. If you are on the Mehrauli- Gurgaon Road, you will find that gate. It is diagonally opposite to the Qutub Minar Metro Station, though you will have to walk approximately 200 meters.

The haunted house of Balban

 

The first building that we visited in the Haunted Tour was the grave of Balban. Sushmita told us that the grave indeed is haunted and is infested with spirits and ghosts.

Sushmita told us that the grave indeed is haunted and is infested with spirits and ghosts.

Can we have the photographs, please?

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Sushmita-our Tour Guide

The photo was taken by an iPhone camera.

This is the grave.

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Balban’s Tomb

But, who the hell was Balban?

 

History tells us that this Sultan of Delhi was a murderous soul. He was much like Count Dracula of Romania.

People say his grave is haunted. If someone bows his head in front of the grave then that fellow loses his life shortly. Do you believe it?

The inscriptions that you see in black send out an inexplicable aroma in the air. Nobody knows who paints those letters in black, It is a mystery. Can you read those letters? I can not because they are in Farsi and all I can read is either English or Hindi.

If you want to know more on Balban, click here.

People say that the 80 year old Sultan used to hold his court in this haunted house.

Much like his stern personality, his tomb is also a grim structure.

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A cold Sultan has a cold grave for company

Now have a look at these circular holes. These carried djinns in small pitchers! Can you believe it?

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Where did the djinns escape to?

I would not have known all this if I hadn’t joined this haunted buildings tour, I bet.

Haunted Buildings Tour ‘s next destination -Jamali Kamali

 

If you are alone, do not enter this place in the dark. The tomb of Jamali Kamali is also said to be spooked. The weather added to the spookiness of the entire haunted complex.

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The Sufi and his lover sleep here; Jamali Kamali tomb

Much has been written about this ghostly place, but very few know about Jamali and Kamali. My theory is that they were a teacher and pupil duo who loved each other and died in each other’s arms.

Both of them were men.

Is it spooked? Nobody in this haunted trip had any answer, to be honest.

 There is a theory which says that unfriendly ghosts will get you if they are disturbed in their resting places.

Apparently, a paranormal scientist had woken up a sleeping Djinn here and this made the man commit suicide!

Read here of his death!

The Jamali Kamali tomb is a fine building, all things considered.

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The facade of the  haunted Jamali Kamali mosque
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A sunflower adorns the top of the gate
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At the Jamali Kamali Tomb. Are these guys aware that there might be ghosts nearby?

While I was listening to the haunted history of this mosque, my friends were readying their equipment for their shoots.

But, who was Jamali and who was Kamali?

 

This was the question uppermost in the minds of the Delhi haunted buildings tour members.

There are many opinions about the origin of Jamali and Kamali.Some people say that Jamali was a Muslim poet who lived in the court of one of the Sultans of Delhi. When this Sultan lost in a battle, the poet shifted his loyalty to the winning king. The winning King built this mausoleum for the poet.

Nobody knows for sure who was Kamali. Some say that he was a homosexual partner of Jamali. Others think Kamali was the wife of Jamali. If you know who were they, please let me know.

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The Jamali Kamali complex was built in the 1500s and Balban’s  was built in the late 1200s but both these buildings are separated by a narrow street.

The Angrez  and the swimming pool

 

The Britishers became the masters of Delhi in the middle of the 19th century. One of them was a colorful character. His name was Thomas Metcalfe and he was a great host for his guests.When he was not working, Metcalfe used to enjoy the Delhi summers lounging in the swimming pool or the Hauz that he had made for himself.

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The Metcalfe Hauz

Thomas Metcalfe was the younger brother of Charles Metcalfe, who was a senior officer in the East India Company. The junior Metcalfe was made by his brother the agent of the Company in the Mughal court.

Thomas made sure he lived his life 100 % while being the English agent to the Mughal court. He converted some important Mughal buildings into pleasure houses and this made the Mughals very angry.

One such pleasure house that was built in Mehrauli by Metcalfe was the Dilkusha ( pleasing the heart).

The Junior  Queen of the then Mughal Emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar was very angry at these developments. Many people suspect that she poisoned  Mr. Metcalfe to his death. He lies buried in an old part of Delhi near the present day Inter State Bus Terminus at the Kashmiri Gate.

Is Dilkusha haunted? I think so because whenever I have passed by this building, I have experienced queer sensations. Sometimes, I have felt as if long dead people in these haunted places are calling out to me.

More haunted places

 

There are several other haunted houses in the Mehrauli Archaeological Park. For example, the Boat House built by Metcalfe always has some rose petals sprinkled in its doorway.

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Boathouse, Mehrauli

Another ghostly house in the Mehrauli Archaeological Park is this one:

This then brings us to the end of the Delhi Ghost Tour of Mehrauli.

I hope you liked it.

By the way, if you want me to take you around on a Delhi ghost tour, please write back to me.

Thanks for reading the post.

 

14 comments

  1. I’m a sucker for all things scary. In fact, i had just watched a horror film yesterday and I’m still recovering from it so your post creeped me out! It doesn’t help that I’m alone in the house so the story of Balban sent my imagination on overdrive. Haahaha. I’ve never been to a live haunted tour though and I’ve always wanted to go to one. Who knows, I might just look this up when I find myself in Delhi. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Ohhh chilling! What a way to spend the 25th 🙂

    The mosque was stunning, what beautiful architecture. I suppose we will never truly know what happened to Mr Metcalfe – it’s incredible to think about how much history is left undiscovered. And here we are documenting every single thing!

    It looks like you had an amazing experience. How did the group experience compare to going alone?

  3. I was just thinking earlier of going to a ghost walk tour in Intramuros somewhere here in my country. Not that I want to see a ghost, I just think it’s exciting. So I’m pretty sure the tour that you had is also exciting. Reading about the Balban gave me chills. I wonder what’s the message behind the inscription.

    I noticed that most of your photos are blurred though. Did you take them while you were on motion?

    I love ghost stories! I haven’t seen ghosts in my life, which is maybe the reason why I love ’em and I’m not really afraid. As I write this comment I have already clicked on the links that you provided that would further explain the stories haha…

  4. Ohh my….really enjoy reading your story shared here! Hmm…however personally am a timid person so I dare not to participate in this kind of haunted tour juz like urself! Am sure you had an amazing journey! Cheers, SiennyLovesDrawing

  5. My last haunted adventure is in Intramuros. It’s locatd in Manila City, and used to be a fortress… a city within a city. Needless to say there have been a lot of deaths there during the World War. It’s great exploring it. Both thrilling and historical at the same time!

  6. Whoah, I didn’t know that haunted places in other countries are also a trend. But sure this reminds me of the famous haunted place in Baguio City of Philippines. I haven’t been there yet but I have read several articles related to their experience in visiting the place. I wonder if why they aren’t at peace? Do you believe that these are spirits who have unfinished business?

  7. Good thing that the djinns excaped during your tour. These kind of places really fascinate me. But, I’d sure refrain from disturbing the sleeping souls. The stories connected to this place are dark. Very dark in terms of the spookiness they generate. Thanks for sharing. Great bit of information.

  8. I’m not into horror movies but I like hearing stories especially of places which has so much history. Places like these fascinate me, it somehow empowers the inquisitive kid in me. However, that story about Balban is quite creepy. It actually gave me the creeps! But in truth, I enjoyed reading your story! 🙂

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