Co-ordinates - NA (alleys too narrow for a GPS signal)
Closest Metro Station - Lajpat Nagar (Purple Line)
Landmark - Opp Defence Colony
I started at a little before 8. It was a Saturday, not many people were around. As I crossed the road to Kotla Mubarakpur, it felt like crossing a few centuries. From the wide open posh Defence Colony to the cluttered medivial village of Kotla Mubarakpur is a change that can inspire anyone to say this. One moment, its B block, House no 28 in Defence Colony and a 2 minute walk across the road, there is an old settlement easy to get lost in. Houses hug each other closely, the roofs almost touch together, light barely gets in. From Honda Accords to good old bicycles, from stores selling olive oil to shops selling oily bread pakoras, the transformation does not take a minute.
|Transported to the past|
As I walked into the narrow alleys, it was not difficult to realize I was lost. Each street looked like the other. After 2 turns, all sense of direction was lost. India is a land of uncertainities. Ask for directions from 10 people and I can bet an arm on it, you will get 10 answers. I asked people for old 'gumbads' (Gumbad is Urdu/Hindi for tombs). 'There are none around', 'What does that mean?', 'You should go to Red Fort', 'Its just around the corner' were amongst the responses I elicited. After multiple attempts, many failings, getting lost a few times, someone told me I needed to find the mosque. With an SLR slung around the neck and a small backpack across the back, I was already getting some weird looks. In due time, I found something. It was everything I had not expected.
|Tomb of Mubarak Shah crisscrossed by electricity wires|
|Pigeons Flit around the top of the tomb|
|Graves in the Tomb|
|The Mihrab of the tomb with the engravings on top right and left|
|Carvings on the roof|
|Carvings on the outside western face (on the outside of the prayer face)|
|The broken Ganesha idol on the South East face|
|Offerings on one of the graves|
|Aman, my informal guide for the morning|