Bhool Bhulaiya, Mehrauli, New Delhi

Bhool Bhulaiya is an octagonal shaped tomb. It was build by Akbar for his general and foster brother, Adham Khan. He was the son of the chief nurse of Akbar. He was executed on orders of Akbar after committing the murder of the newly appointed Prime Minister.

Mughal tombs are square in shape. But this one was built different to highlight his treacherous act against the Emperor. Both Adham Khan and his mother Maham Anga were buried here. Maham Anga used to wield lot of influence in the court of Akbar. It was perhaps the reason that Adham though be can get away with murder. After this incident, Maham withdrew in a shell. She never rose to fame and favor again but instead died soon.

The literal meaning of Bhool Bhulaiya is a maze because it is rumored that once a marriage party took shelter here and got lost.

Interior of Bhool Bhulaiya

Location of Bhool Bhulaiya

Bhool Bhulaiya is located close to the historic monument, Qutab Minar. It is located at a prominent junction and marked on Google Maps.

How to reach

Any public or private mode of transport reaching Qutab Minar is good for Bhool Bhulaiya. It is not on the usual tourist circuit, so tour operators will not accommodate request to take you there. But best part is, that it is walking distance. Nearest metro is Qutab Minar metro station of the yellow line.

What you will like and what you won’t

Comparing Charminar and Taj Mahal, the former is approachable by a common man anytime of the day and night. Visitors will like the approach ability of this place. No gates, no guards and literally no timings. Photographers will love the symmetry of the structure and open spaces. Qutab Minar is clearly visible as a back drop.

Qutab Minar visible through one of the arch

Open entry and no guards also mean that there is no check whatsoever. Littering is rampant and so is disfiguring the walls. While the structure itself is well maintained, the surroundings are not. Unpleasant groups of people with their loudness will occasionally disturb the peace.

A little bit of wild life is also there for company.

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