Pir Ghaib

Location: Southwest of Chauburji Masjid in the grounds of Hindu Rao Hospital

Time to Visit: Open on all days

Preferred Timings: sunrise to sunset

Admission Fee: Free and open to all

Photography charges: nil

How to Reach: Tourists can either take local buses from various points within the city to reach this monument, which is located in Civil Lines, or they can hire auto-rickshaws and taxis or take the metro rail.

Nearest Railway Station: Old Delhi Railway Station

Nearest Metro Station: Kashmiri Gate

Functional Metro Station: Kashmiri Gate

Nearest International Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport

Time required for sightseeing: 30 minutes

Southwest of Chauburji Masjid in the grounds of Hindu Rao Hospital lies a rubble built double storey structure, with the remains of a Baoli or step well. It is located in a neighborhood popularly known as Pir Ghaib, which means 'Vanishing Saint'. Built around 1630 AD by Feroz Shah Tughlaq as a part of his either Kushk-i-Shikar (hunting lodge) or Kushk-i-Jahan Numa (world showing palace), the monument is so called after a saint who suddenly disappeared while meditating at the cenotaph in the northern apartment of the monument.

At present, the monument is in a deplorable condition and is survived by two chambers and two rooms on the ground floor as well as on the first floor. Some believe it was an astronomical observatory because a hollow masonry cylinder perforates the floor and the roof of the southern apartment of the monument. However, its exact use is still not known, as it could also have been a tower for viewing animals. It is said that the rooms on the second floor were used as a mosque because one can find mihrabs in the western wall with inscriptions above them but now hardly visible.

Just near the monument are the remains of the baoli, which was a part of the palace and was the source of water for the area. The baoli does not exist today and one can only imagine the baoli by seeing the impression on the ground and a portion of arched construction in stone. Do visit the monument as you may find the 'vanishing saint' and get lucky!

Nearby Tourist Attractions

Ashokan Pillar, Hindu Rao house, Chauburji Masjid, Flagstaff Tower, Nicholson Cemetery and Qudsia Bagh

Nearby Places to Eat

McDonalds in Kamla Nagar and Model Town, Nirula's, Chacha ke Chole Bature, Baskin Robins and Momo's Point in Kamla Nagar, Vikrant Restaurant in Kingsway Camp, Grant Plaza in Model Town and many roadside Dhabas.

Nearby Shopping Venues

Kamla Nagar Market, Model Town Market and Mukherji Nagar Market and Ashok Vihar Market

Last Updated On: 2011/07/01


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anirudha sundaresan

Posted on 2011-09-04i think you have gotten your facts wrong because firuz ruled over india in the 14th century... while u say dat he made pir ghaib in 1630... please refer... or correct...