What one can do before breakfast

Morning walks are hugely popular in Delhi. Droves of people from the neighbouring houses assemble in the undersized neighbourhood parks in the early hours of the day and shuffle, scamper, hobble, float or stalk their rounds. Some walk the dog, others their reluctant kids or elders, and sometimes even the youth is on their feet already.

Mehrauli ParkThis morning I opted for a special park, the Mehrauli Archaeological Park, better known as Jamali Kamali. We assembled at 7:30am to follow a girl from Delhi Heritage Walks who showed us around the ruins from the 11th to the 19th century – more than 100 historically significant buildings are left.

Some of the walls and roofs had collapsed or the stones were looted, others by contrast had been beautifully restored after their re-discovery in the 90s, and some have weird stories to tell, for example the tomb of Adham Khan. He was the son of Maham Anga, a wet nurse of the Mughal Emperor Akbar (1542 – 1605). Not minding the historic importance, a Britisth official later used the structure as a residence – apparently also oblicvious to the dead under his feet.

Mehrauli Forest

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