Kotla Mubarakpur walk in Delhi
Kotla is a hidden gem in Delhi. 15th century relics live side by side with modern construction and cars here.
The tomb of Mubarakshah from the 15th century is a classic example. Medieval Walls of this fortified area have now been used as foundations for newer constructions. Mubarakshah was a ruler of Delhi in the Delhi Sultanate period and a part of the Sayyid dynasty. The Sayyids believed they descended from the Prophet Mohammad!
Very few people in Delhi actually see the sights in this area of Delhi. This is hard to believe since the sights are located right behind the “South Extension market”. This is one of the most frequented and expensive shopping areas in Delhi. You will see the following sights on this walk
Here is the walking map followed by walking distances
Point A - Point B: 700 meters or 12 minutes
Point B - Point C: 450 meters or 8 minutes
Point C - Point D: 550 meters or 10 minutes
Point D - Point E: 1750 meters or 25 minutes
The Tomb of Mubarakshah and his wife
Rulers of Delhi in the 15th Century. Mubarak Shah was killed by one of his former ministers with help of Hindu courtiers. The sultanate passed on to his nephew Muhammad Shah. His son voluntarily abdicated the throne to the first Lodi king Bahlul Khan Lodi in 1451.
Stray dogs and filth are found on the streets in this neglected area of Delhi. Actually, stray dogs, cows, bulls, goats and monkeys can be found in Delhi easily.
The octagonal tomb houses the graves of Mubarakshah and probably his wife. Notice how the grave at the back has a pencil box like potrusion. This is called a Kalam and is only on top of tombs for males. The woman's tomb has a flat board called a Takhti. This symbolism is sexist and shows the prevalent thinking at that time.
There are more graves there, one of a child perhaps but we are not sure.
The Dome of Bade Khan
This is a beautiful Lodi period tomb. The Lodis came to power after the Sayyid’s rein ended. Its so impressive to look at that its hard to imagine that the Indian government does not look after it more than it does. “Bade” means elder. You can take the stairs to the top of this monument.
The tomb from 1481AD is the earliest tomb from the Lodi period. It looks like it has many stories when in fact it only has one. This is typical Lodi architecture. It's very well preserved and so is the smaller tomb next door.
The Dome of Chhote Khan
A Smaller dome right next to the dome of Bade Khan. “Chhote” means younger in age or smaller. This is also a very impressive dome but smaller than the Dome of Bade Khan. It has good plaster work and the interior is still well maintained.
Darya Khan’s Tomb
This is a tomb of Darya Khan Lohani. It is a very well laid out structure but in ruins now. He was the chief justice of the first king of the Lodi dynasty - Bahlul Khan Lodi. This 16th century tomb is mostly in ruins but is still nice to see.
A bit of a walk away from Darya Khan’s tomb this mosque is well preserved and not used as a mosque anymore. There is barely anyone inside the mosque and it’s kind of amazing sanctuary in the middle of a bustling market area in Delhi.
Masjid moth or moth mosque is not used as a mosque now but is well preserved and worth the 20 minute walk from the South extension market. There is barely anyone here in the mornings. The mosque's exteriors also have Chatri's borrowed from the Hindu Rajput kings from hundreds of years ago.