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Lodi Garden

History

Located at Lodi Road in New Delhi, the beautiful Lodi Garden was set up in the 15th and 16th century and houses the tombs of the Sayyid and the Lodi rulers. Spread over 90 acres, Lodi Garden encloses several historical monuments including tombs, mosques and a bridge, belonging to the Lodi and Sayyid dynasties.

Lodi Garden was landscaped in 1936 by Lady Willingdon, wife of Marquees of Willingdon, Governor-General of India during the British rule. However, it was later re-designed in 1968, giving it the present look. Visiting Lodi Garden can be an exceptional way of enjoying history along with nature. The garden is well maintained and still has some monuments and remnants of the past which are an added attraction for the visitors. Lodi Garden has a huge park with spread out lawns, trees, plants and flowers, set against a backdrop of medieval monuments. This historic park is a preferred spot for early morning walkers and joggers, and works as a respite from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The octagonal shaped tombs of Muhammad Shah and Sikandar Lodi are noteworthy. The Sheesh Gumbad and Bara Gumbad, positioned in the centre of Lodi Garden speak of the architectural glory of that era. These square shaped tombs have an imposing dome, intricate facades, and turrets on their corners. Athpula Bridge, meaning ‘eight-pier bridge’ is a stone bridge built during the sixteenth century. The bridge has seven arches, supported by eight piers and stands over the remains of what was once a tributary of the Yamuna River.

The wonderfully landscaped lawns of the Lodi Garden are a favourite picnic spot for many. Other features of the garden are ponds, fountains, and a jogging trail, to name a few. Lodi Garden houses over 7000 trees of several species, each properly labelled. Recently, a Bonsai park was also added to the garden, which boasts of an excellent selection of bonsais and also houses a butterfly conservatory, herbal garden, lily pond and a rose garden. Lodi Garden also attracts many exotic birds like babblers, parakeets, hornbills, kingfishers, and many more, amidst the lush green background.

The beautiful landscape and the historical glory of the Lodi Garden make it worth a visit. So, don’t forget to stop at this enchanting garden when in Delhi.

Best time to visit

Lodi Garden can be visited throughout the day, any time of the year. However, the best time to visit Lodi Garden is in the spring season during February and March, when the flowers are in full bloom and the weather is pleasant in Delhi.

Trivia

Lodi Garden was formerly known as Lady Willingdon Park but, it was renamed Lodi Garden after India got Independence in 1947.

Timing

Lodi Garden remains open on all days from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm.


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