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Safdarjung's Tomb

History

Safdarjung's Tomb, a beautiful mausoleum was built in 1754 by Nawab Shuja-ud-Daulah, the son by Safdarjung. Mirza Muqim Abul Mansur Khan popularly known as Safdarjung, was the governor of the province of Awadh under the reign of Mohammad Shah, the Mughal Emperor, and later made the ruler’s prime minister. The tomb built in marble is situated at the Lodhi Road, New Delhi. The tomb is a beautiful monument counted as a major heritage and historic sites in India.

Built in red sandstone and buff stone, Safdarjung tomb reflects the last phase of the Mughal style of architecture. The tomb stands on a high terrace encircled by well maintained beautiful Mughal garden, spreading over an area of 300 sq m. the Safdarjung tomb was erected roughly on the pattern of Humayun’s tomb. Also known as ‘Charbagh,’ the tomb makes pleasant recoil from the urban bustle.

Apart from Safdarjung’s grave there is another grave that is located here, presumably his wife’s. The chambers in the room are surrounded by eight rooms all around. All the apartments are rectangular in shape except the corner ones that are structured octagonal. The huge dome of the tomb rises from a sixteen-sided base. On either side are beautiful pavilions known as 'Moti Mahal' or the pearl palace, 'Jangli Mahal' or the sylvan palace and 'Badshah Pasand' or the emperor's favorite. These structures are perfect examples of Mughal artistry.

At the top storey of the Safdarjung's Tomb in Delhi is located the Archaeological Survey of India.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Delhi is between October and March when the weather is at its very best. Summers in Delhi can be hot with temperatures rising up to 45 degrees while the temperatures dropping down to 5 degrees in winters.

Trivia

Safdarjung’s name retains prominence in the present day Delhi with a tomb, a hospital, an airport, a road, a flyover, and localities, all named after him.

Described as the "last flicker in the lamp of Mughal architecture", Safdarjung tomb, is an impressive building with a magnificent and grand entrance way. The central dome of the tomb will surely catch your attention.

Timing

This historic monument remains open for all days from sunrise to sunset for the public.

Nearest Metro Station

Safdarjung's Tomb is located in Safdarjung area of New Delhi and the nearest metro station is Jor Bagh. Jor Bagh Metro Station comes under the yellow line of Delhi Metro.

Distance of Safdarjung's Tomb from various Metro Stations in yellow Line:

Jor Bagh Metro Station - 3 kms

AIIMS Metro Station - 3.9 kms


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