July 1, 2012

Lodi Gardens, New Delhi

Site Name: Lodi Gardens
Site Type: Architecture, Monument, Tombs, Garden
Location:  Safdarjung, New Delhi, India
Highlights: One of the important historical sites and gardens in Delhi
Nearest Railway Station: Delhi
Nearest Airport: Delhi
How to reach: Well connected by road, rail and air

Hotel: A lot of options are available within Delhi city
Restaurants: Many options and varieties across the city

New Delhi, the capital city of India, is rich in historical sites, monuments and tombs. Lodi Gardens is one of the important landmarks of historical significance in the city.

Lodi Gardens, which is spread over 90 acres, has several monuments of the Sayyid and Lodi periods. It was orginally called as Lady Willingdon Park.

The tomb of Muhammad Shah (1434-44 AD), the third ruler of Sayyid dynasty, follows the typical octagonal pattern. It has a central octagonal chamber surrounded by verandahs. There are eight graves inside the structure, the central one is believed to be that of Muhammad Shah.

About 300 m north east of Muhammad Shah's tomb lies the Bara Gumbad, a square tomb with an imposing dome. The interior of the tomb is ornamented with stucco work and paintings. It is believed that it has the grave of an officer of high rank during Sikandar Lodi's reign (1489-1517AD), although the name of the person is unknown today. There is a mosque adjoining the Bara Gumbad.

About 50 m north of the Bara Gumbad masjid lies Shish Gumbad. It follows the usual pattern of square Lodi tombs. There are several graves inside. However, it is not known who all lie in the graves.

About 250 m north of the Shish Gumbad lies Sikandar Lodi's tomb. It is an octagonal tomb with a central octagonal chamber surrounded by verandahs. The mausoleum is surrounded by a square garden enclosed within high walls.

A little to the east of Sikandar Lodi's tomb, a bridge with seven arches is found. It is called as Athpula.

Lodi Gardens is an important site for morning joggers as well as for those interested in history.

Happy travelling.

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