• An evening with the Ghosts of Mehrauli, Delhi

    by  • June 25, 2013 • Events, Nature • 12 Comments

    Mehrauli Ghost Walks

    The full moon behind a cloudy haze and thick foliage gave a taste of what was in store for our Ghosts and Shadows of Delhi Walk

    What do you say when the usual calm that you feel at a place turns to stillness of an eerie kind and the air itself seems unwelcoming, whispering us to leave?!

    It was 10PM on Saturday night, and we were sauntering in the woods around Mehrauli, just beyond the Qutub Minar Complex. The setting had the perfect ingredients of a horror movie; trees (many barren), tombstones, darkness except a faint glimmer cast by the hazy moon, heaviness in the air, hushed conversations of the group of more than 30 walkers (men, women and children) that are cut off abruptly now and then by the hoot of an owl, the cracked, shrill shriek of a peacock or the distant howls of dogs. But it wasn’t just the setting, there was more to it…

    The man leading the group, my team-mate Asif, suddenly asked everybody to take a breather, and started walking towards the back of the group, where I was bringing up the rear. Moments back I had slipped and fallen and sprained my ankle, and was now trailing the group by a few yards because of my limp.

    Inside a tomb we gathered

    Inside a tomb we gathered for a moment….the group feeling secure in the safety of numbers…while Asif recounts the stories of Metcalfe and his follies…

    Interesting anecdotes of long-forgotten souls kept the participants company...narrated by our resident Story-teller Asif...

    Interesting anecdotes of long-forgotten souls kept the participants company…narrated by our resident story-teller Asif…

    Asif came towards me quietly and held me by my arm to support my limping frame and then said the words which I had been dreading since we began our night walk at 8 pm. He said, “Ramit bhaiya, aaj kuch hai yahaan par, I can feel it.” And I respect what he says about things beyond our worldly comprehension. A student of history, he has also spent and honed his learning about the mystic arts, Sufis, Tantriks and Fakirs.

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    The grave next to Sultan Ghiasudin Balban’s Tomb….near where I slipped and fell.

    I had been getting that feeling for quite some time too. And it grew stronger when I slipped and hurt my foot. I have probably walked those paths a thousand times both during the day and night. We, Asif and me, know it like the back of our hands and can almost find our way through the jungles blindfolded. It is one of our favourite hideouts in the city – we come here whenever we feel the need for some calm and spiritual peace away from the madding crowds.

    And yet I slipped on the paths best known to me inside the Mehrauli Archaeological Park. I was puzzled. And it had started bothering Asif too for the past 10 mins since I fell.

    As our walk was a ‘Ghostly Night and Shadows Walk’, naturally some of the participants asked me when I fell if ‘I had felt someone push me’!! I had laughed the matter off and just continued with our walk as it definitely was not the case. No ghost had pushed me!

    But the fall made me think. I didn’t want to scare any of the participants. But Asif’s words “Ramit bhaiya, aaj kuch hai yahaan par, I can feel it” made me even more alert and a wee bit wary of continuing the walk any further.

    A few lights inside the park provided us those rare moments of respite from the eerie, all-encompassing, still darkness...

    A few lights inside the park provided us those rare moments of respite from the eerie, all-encompassing, still darkness…

    Me and Asif both also agreed that from the time when we entered the forest area around 8:30PM, the usually breezy environs of the park, seemed to have suddenly become dead. The air hung heavy. Not a leaf moved. We had never ever felt such an oppressive ambience inside the Mehrauli Archaelogical Park. Ever. Rain or Shine. Winter or Summer.

    Was it that the souls of the hundreds who have been buried here, including the Sultans like Balban were asking us to leave? Were these signs to tell us, the walk leaders of this quest for Ghosts, that we had overstayed our welcome for the evening?

    We thought so, and therefore without alarming our participants we called it a day. We walked all of us out leaving those long-lost tales of ghosts of Dilli behind us…with a silent prayer on our lips thanking the good Djinns and Spirits that all our participants were feeling fine even though Asif and I felt totally drained out by the end of the walk. Not physically. But mentally.

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    Mehrauli Ghost Walks

    12 Responses to An evening with the Ghosts of Mehrauli, Delhi

    1. June 27, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      Hope you are feeling better now Ramit. Take care

      • July 9, 2013 at 12:56 pm

        Thanks Suman! Am finally better 🙂

    2. July 3, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      pls let me know about all ur forthcoming events

    3. November 19, 2014 at 4:16 pm

      Nice article.. That is the beauty of Delhi.. Lots of Mughal era monuments .. each with its own story to tell !! suhas katti

      • November 21, 2014 at 7:13 pm

        Oh yes Suhas….as we keep saying…every nook & corner in delhi…has its own saga to tell…hidden secrets waiting to be discovered!!

    4. manish
      June 20, 2015 at 2:36 pm

      Nice article lots of paranomal activity in delhi now delhi haunted and beautifull and jamli qamli masjid i love that its very old and great

      • June 6, 2016 at 8:00 pm

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    5. Padma
      July 20, 2015 at 3:53 pm

      I had spent 31 years in Delhi and I have loved every nook and corner of historic Delhi. It is such a fascinating city. Thank you so much for taking me back to historic Delhi through your lovely article.

      • June 6, 2016 at 7:44 pm

        Thanks Ma’am… Its a great joy to have helped you recall more about our lovely city…

        Hope that someday you will bein Delhi and join us on one of our walks..

        Cheers
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    6. Nisha
      August 22, 2015 at 1:03 pm

      Can you and me detail on your event for ghost n djiins walk.

      • June 6, 2016 at 7:41 pm

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