Tombs In Delhi

With spellbinding architecture and some splendid monuments to gawk at, the union territory of Delhi is the favourite spot for history buffs and wanderers. The rustic aura of Old Delhi and the vivacious charm of New Delhi, calls for a fantastic exploration. Depicting the different ancient dynasties, the monuments of Delhi narrate age-old stories. Delhi leaves an indelible mark in the memory of its visitors by its attractive Mughal architecture. There are many monuments in the capital- India Gate, Qutub Minar, Red Fort and other monuments including ancient tombs depicting splendid Islamic architecture. Some famous and magnificent tombs in Delhi are-

Here is the list of 9 Tombs In Delhi

1. Safdarjung Tomb

One of the most popular tombs in Delhi, Safdarjung is often described as the "last flicker in the lamp of Mughal architecture". It derived its name from the fact that Emperor Muhammad Shah gave the title of "Safdarjung" to Mirza Muqim Khan. Located on Lodhi Road, the tomb comprises of red sandstone and buff stone. It is built in the style of Humayun's Tomb and stands on a raised terrace which is surrounded by lush green Mughal gardens stretched over an area of 300 sq. meters. It is constructed in the centre of Charbagh style gardens and is adorned with ponds and fountains. One can spot beautiful intricate patterns carved from the red sandstone and the marble dome here. Timings- 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM Entry Fee- INR 5 (for Indians) and INR 100 (for foreign nationals)

2. Humayun's Tomb

Recognized as the first garden tomb on the Indian subcontinent and the most magnificent tomb in India; Humayun's Tomb is a remarkable structure depicting the era of Mughal Empire in India. Located in Nizamuddin East, this ancient monument is widely known for its splendour and grandeur. The magnificent mausoleum stands in the centre of a 30-acre garden which is known as the Char Bagh. Due to its unparalleled beauty and historical significance, it was declared a World Heritage Site in 1993. The tomb was further restored in 2003 along with plantation of about 2500 trees and 12 hectares of lawn. It is the final resting place of Humayun, his wife, Shah Jahan's son and other prominent Mughals. Timings- 6:00 AM - 5:30 PM Entry Fee- INR 10 (for Indians) and INR 250 (for foreign nationals)

3. Sikander Lodi's Tomb

Constructed inside the lush green Lodi Garden, Lodi Tomb showcases regal Mughal architecture. Although this tomb lacks the large chhatris, it exhibits a massive central dome and depicts the richness of Mughal heritage. Built back in the time of the Emperor himself, its construction started in 1494. One can witness many other tombs while strolling in the Lodi Garden, namely- Shah Tomb, Sheesh Gumbad and Bara Gumbad. Timings- 8:00 AM - 7:30 PM Entry Fee- Free

4. Isa Khan's Tomb

Depicting the sunken garden style tomb, this ancient monument was constructed during the lifetime of Isa Khan between 1562 and 1571. Isa Khan was an Afghan noble in the court of Sher Shah Suri. It is located in the same complex as Humayun's Tomb and is an excellent place for history enthusiasts. The tomb is enclosed in an octagonally shaped garden and exhibits brilliant architecture. Timings- 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM Entry Fee- Free

5. Tomb of Khan-i-Khana

Situated in the vicinity of Humayun's Tomb, the tomb of Khan-i-Khana was built by Mirza Abdul Rahim Khan-i-Khana on his wife's death in 1598. He was a renowned composer during the era of Mughal Emperor Akbar and also one of the main nine ministers of his court. The tomb stands on a high platform pierced with arches and canopies on all sides. Rahim's Tomb is located here below the surface and is inaccessible to the public. The tomb mainly comprises of red sandstone and exhibits a similar structure to the Humayun's Tomb. Timing- 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Entry Fee- INR 5

6. Tomb of Imam Zamin

Tomb of Imam Zamin is located in the Qutub Complex, standing adjacent to the Alai Darwaza. Imam Zamin was a saint from Turkestan who commissioned the construction of this tomb. After his demise, he was buried here with complete rituals and honour in 1539. The central dome of the tomb sits on an octagonal base and is built with sandstone with the interiors elaborately finished in white plaster. It was constructed during the Lodi Era and hence showcases their signature perforated jalis. Timings- 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM Entry Fee- INR 10 (for Indians) and INR 250 (for foreign nationals)

7. Jamali Kamali Mosque and Tomb

Lying within the Archaeological Survey Park in Mehrauli is the two quaint and tranquil monuments standing beside each other. Built in the memory of Jamali, who was a great poet and Sufi saint; these monuments exhibits the pre-Mughal era. The mosque has a single central dome and is beautifully laced with stucco work all over. The mosque is adorned with five high arches and its west end bear inscriptions from the Holy Quran. Adjacent to the mosque lays the tomb, which is a flat structure embellished with red and blue paint and some verses from Jamali's composition. People flock here to enjoy some peaceful time surrounded by nature and their ancient heritage. Timings- 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Entry Fee- Free

8. Mirza Ghalib's Tomb

The mausoleum of Mirza Ghalib is located in the vicinity of the sacred shrine of Hazrat Nizamuddin. This tomb is quite small as compared to other enormous tombs in Delhi. This is the resting place of the renowned poet and is endowed with a large tablet that is engraved with his words, at the entrance of the courtyard. It attracts hundreds of devotees every year who come here to pay their respect to the deceased. The tomb is considered to be very pious by the Muslim community. Timings- Sunrise to Sunset Entry fee- Free

9. Najaf Khan Tomb

Lying opposite to the Safdarjung Airport, Najaf Khan Tomb is in proximity to Safdarjung Tomb. This tomb depicts a unique architectural style, due to the absence of a dome. The tomb has a flat roof and is constructed in a Charbagh and thus exhibits typical Mughal and Persian architecture. It is built at the centre of the enclosed boundary on a raised platform overlaid with red sandstone. Najaf Khan died in 1782 and is entombed here along with his daughter who died in 1820. Timings- Sunrise to Sunset Entry fee- Free

Apart from being the political capital of India; Delhi is also the cultural capital of our country. With a number of cultures, traditions and religions amalgamating together, one can witness various different monuments depicting intriguing historic tales. These numerous tombs in Delhi might galvanize you to peep into your ancient past and cherish it!

This post was published by Shelly Mehandiratta

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