Adham Khan Tomb

Location: North of the Qutab-Mehrauli Road, at the entrance of Mehrauli village, along the walls of Lal Kot

Time to Visit: Open on all days

Preferred Timings: sunrise to sunset

Famous as: Bhulbhulaiyan

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 south Delhi, or they can hire auto-rickshaws and taxis or take the metro rail.

Nearest Railway Station: Nizamuddin Railway Station

Nearest Metro Station: Central Secretariat

Functional Metro Station: Central Secretariat

Nearest International Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport

Time required for sightseeing: About 30 minutes

(All data as of October 2005)

North of the Qutab-Mehrauli Road at the entrance of Mehrauli village, along the walls of Lal Kot, is the octagonal tomb of Adham Khan. He was the son of Maham Anga, who was a wet nurse of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. Adham Khan was a noblemen and a general in Akbar's army. However, when he killed Ataga Khan, the husband of Ji Ji Anga, another of Akbar's wet nurses, he was thrown down from the ramparts of Agra Fort, on Akbar's orders. Soon, Maham Anga also died, consumed by grief, and Akbar built this tomb for them in 1562.

Surmounted by a dome, the Adham Khan Tomb is popularly known as Bhulbhulaiyan, due to its labyrinth where one may lose one's way in the corridors of the tomb. The Adham Khan Tomb is built in Lodi style with a verandah on each side with three openings and that too without the usual eaves below the parapets. It is said that in the early 19th century, the tomb was converted into a residence of an Englishman named Blake of the Bengal Civil Service. Later the Adham Khan Tomb was also used or misused as a police station, post office and even a rest house. The tomb was finally vacated and maintained as a monument on the orders of Lord Curzon.

Nearby Tourist Attractions

Dargah of Qutb-Sahib, Hathi Gate & Zafar, Jamali Kamali Mosque, Qutab Minar, Gandhak ki Baoli and Rajon-ki-Bain & mosque.


Nearby Places to Eat

Thai Wok Ambavata Complex, Osaka Aurobindo Marg, Red Snapper Aurobindo Marg and a number of roadside food stalls are there nearby to the Qutb complex.

Nearby Shopping Venues

Ambavata Shopping Complex, Mehrauli, Hauz Khas Village, Sahara Mall and DT Mall in Gurgaon.

Last Updated On: 2011/07/01