Sir Thomas Metcalfe transformed Muhammad Quli Khan’s Tomb into a retreat house
Sir Thomas Theophilus Metcalfe was a civil servant who was the last British Resident of Governor-General (the 4th Baronet) at the court of Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar II. He bought the tomb and transformed it into a retreat house or resort. The tomb was modified in European style and was used as a monsoon resort. The tomb was famously known as Dilkhusha. The tomb complex was extensively decorated and designed to make it look like a retreat house for pleasure and leisure purposes.
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Metcalfe used to lend the tomb for bridal parties and honeymoon. The tomb’s central hall was used as the dining hall. He also constructed other structures such as tanks, water channels, staff quarters, ziggurats, guest houses, etc. all based on European designs. The water channels used to lead to a water tank which is known as Metcalfe’s Boathouse and Dovecote. It is said that the tank belonged to the Lodi period. Later, Metcalfe restored it and used it for swimming and boating purposes. Near the tomb of Quli Khan, he also built a folly in Mughal style. The folly has arches and domes.
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