February 27, 2016

Mughal Serai - Bengal style architecture in Qutb Minar

Site Name: Mughal Serai
Site Type: Monument
Location:  Qutb Minar Complex, Mehrauli, Delhi, India
Highlights: The later Mughal period monuments

Nearest Railway Station: Delhi
Nearest Airport: Delhi
How to reach: Well connected by road, rail and air

Hotel: A lot of options are available within Delhi city
Restaurants: Many options and varieties across the city

Delhi, the capital city of India, is famous for monuments. It has around 1300 monuments. Qutb Minar is one of the most popular monuments in Delhi. In Qutb Minar complex, apart from Qutb Minar, there are so many other monuments also located. Let us discuss about some of those little known monuments located within the complex of Qutb Minar in this article. 

Mughal Serai

Mughal Searai is located near the Mughal Mosque while entering through the eastern entrance gateway of Qutb Minar. It also belongs to the later Mughal period (18th or 19th century CE). 

The word Serai means a place to provide accommodation, somewhat similar to today's guest house. 

Now, Mughal Serai is reduced only to its enclosure walls which have multiple arched designs. The second arched gateway to Qutb complex is also believed to be originally the part of Mughal Serai. Importantly, there exists a high rectangular platform where four graves are found in the open space. It is not known whose graves these are. The interesting part of this section is Begali style pavilion with a curved roof and three arched entrances. It is not known why the later Mughal period structure should follow the Bangla style architecture.

Happy travelling.

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