The geographical location of Delhi has made it a prominent landmark on the Indian subcontinent. It was always an ideal choice for various rulers to establish their capitals here, which is why it has been a mute witness to the chronology of Indian history. Owing to this, there is a monument at every corner here. Although most Delhites are remiss of these gifts of their rich historical architecture. Talking about another overlooked structure in the heart of the city, this week’s monument is Safdarjung’s tomb.
Stick with us till the end, we have a bonus location waiting for you.
Safdarjung’s tomb is located near the Delhi Race Club. This is the tomb of Mirza Muqim Abul Mansur Khan, aka Safdarjung who was the governor of Oudh during the reign of the Mughal emperor Ahmed Shah. This tomb was built by his son Nawab Shujauddaula in 1754. Lying in close proximity to the Lodhi Gardens, this tomb often gets neglected. Since it was built at the time of the downfall of the Mughal empire, it is one of their last marks of the empire’s remembrance.
The entrance is the best spot to capture the view of the tomb. The Islamic arch perfectly frames the structure and adds to the aesthetics. The main walkway has a water channel with fountains and is flanked by well-tended gardens on either side. The main structure rests on a high plinth.
This tomb follows the architectural style of Humayun’s tomb as it was also made using sandstone and marble but it lacks the grandeur. The complex comprises a typical Charbagh Garden layout, tanks, and a domed mausoleum that houses the cenotaph of Safdarjung. It also has a madrasa and a library maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India.
The exteriors are well preserved but the breathtaking element is the ceiling of the tomb. The intricate carvings look absolutely awe-inspiring. The dramatic play of sunlight through the openings enhances the aura and is bound to leave you mesmerized.
This could also be a good location for picnics but it usually takes just an hour to explore the complex so if you’re wondering where you could go next? Don’t worry, we got you covered! It’s time for the bonus location that you’ve been waiting for. Since history lovers appreciate art in every form, so as an additional treat, you could visit the Lodhi art district, located four kms away from Safdarjung’s tomb.
This is India’s first-ever open-air art display. St+Art India Foundation, a non-profit organization that has been working towards making street art popular in Delhi. With the help of various authorities, this NGO is working with several local and international artists to familiarize India with the concept of street art.
As you walk around this locality with wide roads and pedestrian walkways, you would find interesting artwork on every single wall of the otherwise dull-looking government colony. This has become a go-to spot for social media bloggers and influencers to get amazing backdrops for their pictures and video shoots. Every artwork here is unique so we’re sure you will be completely awestruck.
This might take a few hours to explore so we suggest you choose a pleasant day and wear comfortable shoes to avoid tiredness and carry snacks and water since there aren’t many food joints available. This combination of past and present works out perfectly for a fun day-out.
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