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Delhi is a city which boasts of a rich heritage and cultural history and has numerous historical monuments too. One of them is the tomb  of Muhammad Quli Khan near Qutub Minar.

Muhammad Quli Khan was the brother of Adham Khan, who was the son of Maham Anga, the wet nurse of the Mughal emperor Akbar. 
 
Muhammad Quli Khan rebelled against the emperor and is said to have been killed by being thrown off the parapet. 

The two brothers were generals in the royal army. Quli Khan’s tomb was constructed in the early 17th century.
 
This was the seat of Charles Metcalfe’s Dilkusha, the weekend retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the city of Delhi. 
 
Metcalfe worked as a negotiator between the East India Company and the Mughal ruler. 

It is said that he renovated this place for himself because he wanted to keep a watch on emperor Bahadur Shah II, who had his Zafar Mahal Palace in Mehrauli to spend his summer time. 
 
During the great revolt of 1857 the house was ransacked and abandoned. 
 
The tomb of Quli Khan is located at the South East of Qutub Minar within 200 meters of distance. 

Between 1835 and 1853, Charles also extended a garden and added other buildings around the entire area which was called as Dilkusha.
 
The tomb has octagonal plan from outside and square plan from inside and the interior has intricate and painted plasterworks. 

It also gives a great view of the famous Qutub Minar. 
 
The tomb was one of the selected monuments conserved under the Commonwealth Games project. 
 
During the conservation work, the most problematic area which came out was the supporting wall. 

The wall was in a very bad condition and had partially broken. 

It was restored using Delhi quartzite stones and lime mortar, consisting of lime, surkhi and badarpur sand.

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