Late Mughal Residences (17th – 18th centuries)

Elegant arches adorn the transitions between interior and exterior spaces.
Elegant arches adorn the transitions between interior and exterior spaces.

Situated to the East of the tomb of Nasiruddin Mahmud (Sultan Ghari), off the Mehrauli Mahipalpur Road, the ruins of these residences date back to the late Mughal period of the 17th – 18th centuries, thus making them the oldest surviving specimens of residential architecture in Delhi.

The complex comprises of around ten two storied dwelling units, but in almost all cases, the upper stories have collapsed. Vestiges of the vaulted roofs and staircases are visible through the thick foliage that has grown all over. An ASI plaque mentions that this site was abandoned in the 19th century due to lack of water.

Elegant arches adorn the transitions between interior and exterior spaces.
Elegant arches adorn the transitions between interior and exterior spaces.
The entire complex has been overrun with thick foliage.
The entire complex has been overrun with thick foliage.
The vestiges of the vaulted roofs.
The vestiges of the vaulted roofs.
Staircase leading up to the upper levels.
Staircase leading up to the upper levels.
Arches leading into the interior spaces.
Arches leading into the interior spaces.
Staircase leading up to the upper levels.
Staircase leading up to the upper levels.
The approach to the complex from an offshoot of the Mehrauli - Mahipalpur road.
The approach to the complex from an offshoot of the Mehrauli – Mahipalpur road.

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