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Amongst the sundry places in Delhi that attract attention with their history or quaintness, is the twee tomb of Safdarjung. The elegant mausoleum built of marble and sandstone stands untouched in the test of time and boasts of 18th-century Mughal architectural style. Built in 1754, during the reign of Mughal Emperor- Ahmad Shah Bahadur, the namesake tomb is dedicated to the Prime Minister of the court- Safdarjung. Located in the heart of the city, at the junction of Safdarjung Road and Aurobindo Marg, the monument is a low-key tourist attraction of the city. Also known as ‘Safdarjung ka Maqbara’, the mausoleum boasts of a tranquil ambience and a majestic presence owing to its enormous dome, elaborate arches and intricate architecture.
The mausoleum built by Safdarjung’s son Shuja - ud - Daula, is one the very last specimen of Mughal architecture and signifies the downfall of the dynasty as a whole. Safdarjung’s Tomb, however, efficiently captures the legacy and the cultural aspects of the Mughal marvels. The garden tomb is built in a fashion similar to that Humayun ka Maqbara, and also houses several pavilions, a madrasa and a library at the entrance (managed by the Archaeological Survey of India).
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10 months ago by Pranjali Kureel
Safdarjung tomb is one of my favorite historical monuments and I love everything about this place, from its beautiful Mughal architecture to intricate carvings on the walls and ceilings to visually satisfying symmetry. This tomb is quite smaller than other Mughal structures but its calm and peaceful ambiance is what I like the most about this place. I went there in February when the weather was pleasant, we brought food with us and had a picnic of sorts in the beautiful garden of Safdarjung Tomb. I personally don’t feel comfortable with my parents here because of the couples and social stigma attached to PDA.
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