Aditya Sen
Quli Khan's Tomb : Quli Khan’s Tomb, relegated to a pristine, forgotten corner of Mehrauli Archaeological Park, is one of the most stunning tombs in the entire city of Delhi. Its magnificence is matched only by its seclusion. Annexes were added to the tomb by Sir Thomas Metcalfe, the British Agent (negotiator) at the court of the Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah “Zafar” II, from 1835-53 A.D. who bought the tomb and converted it into his monsoon retreat.The tomb belongs to a certain Muhammad Quli Khan. There are no records available that mention Quli Khan but he is said to be the son of Maham Anga, emperor Akbar’s foster mother. Quli Khan was a foster-brother to the emperor and also a general in his army. The tomb stands in a larger, extensively landscaped and multi-layered complex which is a part of the Archaeological Park but is aesthetically separate from it. Around the tomb, several of the additions made by Metcalfe still exist, including chattris, ziggurats, stables and an irregular gateway. Though Metcalfe’s additions were brought down by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), one of the annex was left intact.The tomb was built in 17th century. It is not known who commissioned it.