By Delhi. From Lodi Sultans Gardens to Safdarjang Tomb
In a previous report, I talked about completing the second day’s tour of Delhi, which you can read about – here – “By Delhi. From the Gateway of India to the Mausoleum of Emperor Humayun.”
Day 3 of the trip – December 15 – DELHI.
I took the subway to Lodhi Gardens in the morning, as I only had a little more than half a day to complete my tour of Delhi. I got off at the sixth subway stop from the train station which is called – “Jorbagh”. I did not make the mistake of the previous days, and immediately got a tuk-tuk, which for 40 rupees brought me to the entrance of the Lodi Gardens (on the bottom photo). It is located on Lodi Rd.
This city park is currently one of the most beautiful places in Delhi. It is open daily from six in the morning and eight in the evening. The entrance is free for all.
It is always crowded, especially on weekends. Locals love this park – they relax here, have picnics, and go jogging.
The creation of the Lodi Gardens took place in 1936 on the site of a slum – they were all demolished.
The wife of the Viceroy of India – Lady Willington put a lot of effort into it. In a short time the place was transformed into a veritable green garden. Inside this large green massif are ancient tombs from the 15th century where the last Sultans of Delhi, descendants of the Said and Lodi dynasties, were buried. These gardens are named after the Afghan dynasty that ruled Delhi for about 80 years, from 1451 to 1526.
The largest tomb in the park is the Bara Gumbad Tomb, which translates as the Great Dome.
The tomb is located in the center of the park and is a square structure with a massive dome built around the end of the 15th century.
Nearby stands the Bara Gumbad Mosque (1494) with its prayer hall
The Bara Gumbad Mosque prayer hall consists of five arched spans
Opposite the sanctuary are minarets decorated with massive ornaments and sayings from the Koran
Not far from them is the next tomb, right on the lawn, where school groups were accommodated and rested.
The tomb of Sheesh Gumbad translates as the Azure Dome, on which there are remnants of blue tiles. Inside, inscriptions from the Koran remain on the stucco walls.
Despite the early morning, there were plenty of locals and many school groups.
There are several bodies of water in Lodi Park.
Everywhere is quiet and well kept clean
In the northernmost section of the park there is a walled mausoleum of Sikandar Lodhi
The tomb belongs to one of the legendary sultans of Delhi – Sikandar Lodi Shah (this is the eastern version of the name Alexander) – ruled over northern India for 28 years – from 1489 to 1517. He suppressed all rebellions and fought off all enemies. He developed trade and abolished taxes on grain. But he only cared about Muslim interests, destroying pagan temples and persecuting Hindu religion. Poets, writers, and scholars lived at his court. He himself was a talented poet and author of poems in Persian.
His son Ibrahim, who inherited the throne in 1517, was the last of the Lodi sultans. In April 1526 he engaged in the decisive battle of Panipat against the famous conqueror Babur. Where he was defeated and killed in the battle, and Babur founded the most famous empire in the history of India – the Mughal Empire.
The entrance on the eastern side of the fortress wall, the Sikandar Lodhi Tomb, was built in 1489-1517 in the form of an octagonal shape.
A couple of locals held a photo shoot near it.
The mausoleum is located in a square garden surrounded by high walls.
After seeing the mausoleum, I continued my way to the pond, over which there is a stone bridge (17th century).
On this bridge the doggie was resting so quietly.
Sometimes it was hard to believe that behind the walls of the garden is bustling Delhi.
The park is beautiful and a nice walk through it.
The grounds are a decent size.
The oldest tomb in the Lodi Gardens is the octagonal symmetrical structure, the Muhammad Shah Sayyid Tomb.
Muhammad Shah was the third ruler in the Sayyid dynasty and ruled in Delhi from 1434 to 14444.
Lodi Gardens is a city park located in Delhi. It is a very well maintained place with a variety of green plants and flowers.
Indians love to come here every morning to exercise or just to take a walk under the shade of the trees. Lodi Gardens can be called a place of solace and retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. Surrounded by lawns and ancient ruins, it is always a pleasant place to be.
The gardens are located between Khan Market and the tomb of Safrajjang on the street of the same name. This park is considered the most picturesque in the city. The whole park area is decorated in the form of alleys, lawns, paths and flower beds. There is a huge collection of birds and rare plants.
Lodi Gardens Attractions
- Butterfly reserve. The entire small protected area is covered with a special net to protect numerous butterflies from pests and predatory birds. There are more than 50 species of plants that attract insects with their scent.
- Bonsai Park. As you have already realized, this is a collection of dwarf plants.
The magnificent gardens were created on the site of the city slums in 1936. A huge role in the appearance and establishment of the park played the wife of the King of India. In just a few years she turned the bare rocks into flowering gardens, which are still the stuff of legends. The gardens are surrounded by the tombs of the famous Indian Lodi and Said dynasties. They get their name from the Lodi Emperors who ruled the city for over 80 years.
In the gardens are ancient mausoleums, decorated with shards of tiles and beautiful inscriptions.
The oldest tomb belongs to Muhammad, the third ruler of Delhi. It is a flat structure of polygonal shape. On the different sides of the monument are minarets, giving it more charm.
The largest tomb is in the center of the park. It is called Bara Gumbad, which is translated as “Big Dome”. It is a square building with a huge dome. It was erected at the end of the fifteenth century. Nearby is a mosque with the same name and a hall for prayers. It also has a square shape, but decorated with arched interlacing. Opposite the mosque you can see the towers painted with amazing ornaments and quotations from the Koran.
The architecture of the shrines is of ancient origin and is similar to the Mughal era.
Another tomb is the Shish Gumbad or “Azure Dome. It got its name from the fragments of blue tiles decorating the monument. Inside it you can see inscriptions taken from the Koran.
The Sikandar Lodi Mausoleum is built in the shape of a polygon. Its decoration is entirely taken from the architecture of the Mughals. The mausoleum is situated in the center of a square garden and is separated from the rest by a high fence and an unusually beautiful veranda.
On the south side of the gardens is a stone bridge Atkhpula, dating back to the 17th century, but preserved in excellent condition.
Today the entire patrimony of the Lodi Gardens is under the protection of the Indian authorities.
As mentioned above, Lodi Park is the most picturesque place in Delhi. It is open for visitors every day from 6 am to 8 pm. Entrance is free for all guests. It is never empty, even on weekends it is full of travelers and locals. Indians love to spend their leisure time in the park, walking, playing games, doing sports and having picnics.
In addition to the beautiful green lawns, the park is full of historic monuments worth seeing. A walk through Lodi Gardens will bring pleasure to any vacationer. It is recommended to come here in the evening to watch the sunset.
The gardens are located in the city of Delhi. Here are all the most interesting attractions in India. In addition to the park you can visit the local temples. And, surprisingly, they are all completely different. Must like tourists Sikh Temple, Yogmaya Temple, the Buddhist stupa Vihara, and so on. You can also visit temples made by Spanish architects.
Delhi has a lot of museums. In their number the capital of India can compete with many world powers. Must-see museums include the National Museum, Archaeological Museum, the museum-house of Indira Gandhi, Children’s Museum.
It is worth paying attention to the local bazaars. You can buy everything from spices to clothing items.
How to get to Lodi Gardens
You can get to the gardens from anywhere in the city by rickshaw, and the trip will cost very little. You can also take the subway, but then you will have to take a short walk from the nearest station to the attraction.
In conclusion, I would like to say that this wonderful place will please any tourist or vacationer. It is always quiet and there is no fuss. In addition to this park is a lot of interesting places to visit all the tourists who came to relax.
Indian history is rich and interesting, and Lodi Gardens was the proof of that.