Mehrauli Archeology Park has a new treasure
Ah, what did I find while walking aimlessly in the Mehrauli Archeology Park?
Sometimes when you wander aimlessly, you run into hidden treasures. Bagh-e-Nazir is one of them. It just stumbled onto me while I was exploring the hidden corners of this Park.
Actually what happened was this…
After taking lots of photos of Balban’s Tomb and Dilkhusha, I was just leaving the Park. I had spent more than 2 hours taking the videos of the Tomb and the residence of Metcalfe; now I was tired. Plus, I was hungry.
The Mehrauli Archeology Park is a huge place and is spread over several acres. You have to cover this historical place on foot and there is no water or restaurant on the premises. In short, unlike the other historical places in Delhi,
So there I was, feeling tired and hungry. All I wanted was to get back to my car and drive back home.
Now, as I backed my car in front of the madrasa, a wild thought came to me.
How about exploring the southern part of the Mehrauli Archeology Park?
At first, I resisted the idea because I was super hungry. But the thought persisted and it became stronger every passing second. After all, I had never gone to this part of this Delhi destination.
Finally, I yielded to this thought and begun moving toward that madarsa. The thought of taking photos of kids studying in an Islamic school attracted me. You know, that idea of capturing the human element…
But as I went closer to the madrasa, I spotted a lovely looking gate to a garden.
The gate was made of metal, locked and fitted nicely in an old arch. Beyond the gate was a field filled with mustard plants. The whole picture in front of me was so beautiful that I was tempted to explore that field/ garden. But it was locked and surrounded by wall so how could I get in?
As luck would have it, a person, probably a localite, passed by me.
I greeted him, ‘Hello Sir, how are you?’
‘I am well,’ he replied.
Greetings exchanged, I asked him about that garden.
Well, he said, this garden was made by Nadir Shah.
Now you don’t need to be told who Nadir Shah was, do you?
‘Is there any other entrance to this garden?’, I asked.
Yes, please follow me- he said.
The gentleman took me a few hundred meters west and then again turned south. Now we were looking at a very big entrance to this garden.
I asked this man about any inscriptions on the walls of this ruined garden?
Yes, he said, and pointed to a Persian sentence on top of that gate.
A pleasant surprise in the Mehrauli Archeology Park
Can you read it for me, Sir, I asked.
Yes..this inscription says that it was built by a Nazir in the early 1700s.
Now, I was truly, truly surprised.
I had read about the Bagh-e-Nazir but had never found it in Mehrauli. And here , finally I had discovered it.
This garden was built in the early 18th-century by the keeper of the Mughal harem, Javed Khan. Perhaps he was the lover of Qudasia Begum, the wife of Mohammad Shah Rangila. I have written about both the two in one of my earlier posts.
Most importantly, Javed Khan was a eunuch!
The garden of Nazir is now a ruined place and is occupied by Tibetans. The new name of this historical garden is Ashoka Mission. No outsider can go inside in this park.
The old gentleman also told me that many Iranians had made this garden their home during the Iran-Iraq war. After that war was over, the Tibetans took over this park.
Isn’t this a wonderful discovery?
By the way, I also found out a medieval era stable. It was buried under dirt and rubble a few months back but has been restored by the INTACH.
An one thing more; if you’d like to tour this Mehrauli Archeology Park, you can call me at 9810840763.