Tired of the unending bustle in the city and looking for a recluse? Bijay Mandal, located in the middle of Delhi is the perfect getaway from the city-withing the city.
Delhi is a busy city, a city alive with dreams, people, traffic, noises and pollution, often the city tires us out with all that it has to offer. Head to Bijay Mandal in South Delhi, if you too are spent with all the energy that Delhi requires and are looking to escape the hustle just for a little while.
Bijay Mandal What?
Tucked within the modern boundaries of South Delhi, Bijay Mandal is a beautiful ruin. Built in the 14th century by the eccentric Muhammad Bin Tuglaq, Bijay Mandal is believed to be an observational tower. It cannot be categorized as a palace because of its unusual architecture, the massive structure is built on a raised octagonal platform with several doors in each direction. It is believed that Tuglaq used Bijay Mandal to observe his troops or simply lounge in all the natural beauty and enjoy the simpler things in life, (which BTW is exactly what we recommend you to do).
Bijay Mandal is a part of the fourth medieval city of Delhi, ‘Jahanpanah’ which when translated means, “Refuge of the World”. Jahanpanah established by Muhammad Bin Tuglaq as a city in 1326-1327, the walled city was supposed to provide relief from the constant threat of the Mongols. It is believed that the city could not survive and is in ruins today because of the eccentricities of Tuglaq, the biggest being the capital shift from Delhi to Daulatabad in Deccan and back to Delhi soon after.
A Moroccan traveler ‘Ibn Battuta’, in his chronicles, had described Bijay Mandal’s (meaning ‘victory platform’ in Hindi) audience halls being decorated with intricately carved wooden pillars and fine wooden canopies. Though vividly described in history, the pillars and the art no longer exist, but the description stuck- ‘the thousand pillared castle’.
What to Expect?
The place is as serene as it gets, the ruins speak tales of all that has passed, of the battles won, the wars waged and of time taking its toll on everything. You can inhale a long-long breath of fresh air away from the toxicities of the city here and enjoy the scenic beauty much like the eccentric Sultan himself. We recommend climbing up the central two storeyed platform for an excellent view.
Timing: 9 am to 5 pm