Tomb of Balban
Tomb of Balban
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Near Archaeological Survey Park, New Delhi 110002 India

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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK1,85,717 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This structure is the Tomb of the ninth ruler of the Mamluk Dynasty of the Delhi Sultanates and widely considered one of the greatest for having defeated a Mongol invasion and for defeating rebellions when local rulers of parts of the empire attempted to assert their independence.

Sadly the tomb is mostly in ruins with only high walls and arches evidence of what must’ve been a very large building, although it doesn't seems to have the ornate decorations of Indo-Islamic type royal tombs. The cenotaph can be found in the ruins and probably marks the grave of Balban.

Not a must-see in the park, especially as it requires going over rough ground.
Written 30 December 2019
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Capt_Bhavika
Mumbai, India532 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Solo
to reach balban's tomb a trail follows amidst ruins from jamali kamali mosque n tomb inside mehrauli archaeological park. it has no ceiling but walls, a large gateway n a kabr. a good panaromic view around...
Written 29 January 2014
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Satyendra Garg
National Capital Territory of Delhi, India6,946 contributions
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Nov 2014 • Solo
It is said that this tomb is the first example of a proper arch seen anywhere in India and architecture came to age in this respect here. It is mentioned that this area was under rubble for hundreds of years and excavations were done in a large scale about a decade ago.
At present, except ruins and one grave and some walls nothing can be seen. It remains a wonder that Iltutmish who preceded Balban, his tomb is in perfect shape well within Qutub complex but Balban who is a bigger name his tomb did not survive.
Despite its state, it was worth its while to be in the Mehrauli archaeological park though there is no road sign indicating its location on main Delhi Gurgaon road. What is required is proper signage on the main road so that people who are not familiar of the structures can easily reach this complex.
Within the park there are proper signages for structures like tomb of Balban, Jamali Qamali mosque and tomb, Rajon ki baoli and other structures.
Written 19 November 2014
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Dilip S
Vadodara, India1,111 contributions
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Oct 2014 • Couples
After visiting Iltutmish’s tomb , seeing the squinch and the studying its purpose , we drove to Ghiyas Ud Din Balban’s tomb , the first ruined rubble structure on right in the Archaeological Survey Park at Mehrauli in 1287, to witness the first monument boasting the true arch in its construction in India . A ruined rubble square chamber surrounds the grave opened to the sky with the true arched openings on all the sides . Until the multi chambered tomb was built India was ignorant of the true arch . During the construction of this tomb , the Indian architects and engineers ultimately mastered the structural principles of arch action ,and constructed the first Indian true arch using a keystone , nearly more than 2000 years after it’s first use in the world .
Written 13 November 2014
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Jason
Southampton, UK70 contributions
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Feb 2014 • Solo
The archaeological park in Mehrauli has many gems located within it including Balban's tomb. The state of the ruins, in amongst the trees, add to the ambiance of of the site. The actual tomb, site of the first true arch in India, has no grave within it. The beautiful grave within the enclosuer, though not Balban's, is speculated to be that of his son, Khan Shahid, who's nearby tomb complex has no grave.

The archaeological park is well worth a visit and it is possible to spend a whole day here if you are intersted in Mughal history. Other notable monments include, Rajin Ki Baoli, Jamali Kamali Mosque and grave, Quli Khan's tomb, Metcalf's boathouse and the nearby Qutb complex.

Also nearby is the Tomb of Adham Khan, Quli Khan's brother. Their mother, Maham Anga, was the wet nurse of the Mughal Emperor Akbar.
Written 10 March 2014
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Shilpamittal
New Delhi, India415 contributions
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Feb 2016 • Friends
A nice place to visit if you are a history lover. Nothing much to see at this particular tomb but there are some other structures nearby.
Written 28 August 2016
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MARGDARSHI
Mumbai, India1,328 contributions
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Feb 2015 • Solo
Balban was a ruler from the Mamluk slave dynasty who ruled the Delhi sultanate in the 13th century.This tomb forms a part of the larger Mehrauli Archaelogical park & was built in 1287.This Turkic ruler`s tomb was discovered in the mid 20th century & is still in a dilapidated & neglected state with its rubble masonry spread around.The tomb appears to have built India`s first arch & tried to forge an Indo-Islamic architecture fusion in a small way.
Written 11 April 2015
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Vikas Singh
Ghaziabad, India4,140 contributions
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Dec 2019
The Tomb of Ghiyas ud din Balban was built in year 1287 CE in rubble masonry It is a building of historical importance in the development of Indo-Islamic architecture, as it was here that first Islamic arch made its appearance in India and according to many, the first Islamic dome as well, which however hasn't survived.
Written 8 April 2020
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Sarmad Hussain P
Nashik, India48 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Family
The tomb of Gayasuddin Balban is quite near to the Jamali Kamali mosque. The main dome has collapsed and the site is quite decrepit with shrubs growing quite densely everywhere. Unlike the other Monuments on the property, this tomb is not maintained. There is no security guard. Interesting to see the grave of a person who once called himself "zille ilahi" or the "shadow of God" lying in such a state.
Written 9 December 2018
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Vivek G
New Delhi, India151 contributions
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Apr 2018 • Family
Not much to write about this deserted Historical place where there is hardly any visitor. The place is in sorry state. It is better to stay away from this deserted place.
Written 30 July 2018
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