March 17, 2016

Jahaz Mahal - Delhi

Site Name: Jahaz Mahal
Site Type: Monument, Palace
Location:  Mehrauli area, Delhi, India
Highlights: A monument shrouded by mystery

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 has around 1300 monuments. Out of those monuments, hardly 30-40 monuments are being visited by the tourists. Most of the monuments remain unknown to the world. Let us explore about one such little known monument called Jahaz Mahal. It is located in Mehrauli area in Delhi.

Jahaz Mahal means 'ship palace'. Probably it derived this name from the reflection of the palace on the nearby reservoir, which makes it appear like a ship. It was built either in the 15th century CE or beginning of 16th century CE during the Lodi period. Not sure who built this, why was it built or for what purpose it was used.

The structure has a rectangular courtyard in the centre and arched chambers on the sides with an entrance in the east direction. A mihrab in its western wall suggests that a part of the structure was used as the mosque for private use originally. The corners are surmounted by square chhatris and the gateway has a domed pavilion which looks very attractive. 

The monument is current in poor condition and is affected badly by encroachments.

Happy travelling.

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