We walk through Old Delhi’s narrow, teeming by lanes, to one of the city’s best kept secrets, the resting place of a legend.
An unremarkable stone structure marks the probable burial spot of Razia Sultan and another, unknown person.
An empress and leader of armies, Razia was killed by her rivals in 1240. A sign from the archaeological survey of India describes the architecture as being “unpretentious”.
But history is being swallowed up. Modern buildings, unseemly and decrepit, tower over the burial spots. An air conditioner juts out of an adjacent wall. And pigeons make their homes.
Razia Sultan once inspired countless stories and even Bollywood. But most people here don’t seem to know much about her. In obscurity, Delhi’s only empress can find eternal peace.