Lodi Gardens is a beautiful city garden and park, located in New Delhi, India. It is spread over 90 acres and is situated between Khan Market and Safdarjung's Tomb on Lodi Road in New Delhi. It is a popular spot for morning walks for the people of Delhi.
The Lodi gardens contain the tombs of prominent people of the Lodhi dynasty who ruled parts of northern India and Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of modern-day Pakistan, from 1451 to 1526. These include:
The tomb of Mohammed Shah is visible from the nearby road itself, and is the earliest constructed structure in the gardens. It showcases a tasteful combination of the Hindu and Islamic styles of architecture. Mohammad Shah was the last of the Sayyid dynasty rulers, and his tomb was built in 1444 by Ala-ud-din Alam Shah as a tribute. The tomb is octagonal in shape, with numerous Hindu-style ornamental “chhatris” around the central dome, and arches, verandahs and sloping buttresses. The main tomb is supported by a 16-sided flattened type drum.
The remains of a watercourse situated further inside the garden connects the Yamuna River to the tomb of Sikandar Lodi, which has battlements enclosing it, to this day.
Shisha Gumbad which literally means ("mirror dome") is named so because of the glazed tiles used in its construction. It contains graves, whose occupants are not clearly known (anticipated to have been either a relative of Sikandar Lodi's or Bahlul Lodi).
Bara Gumbad means ("Big Dome") and this consists of a large rubble-construct dome. This is not a tomb but a gateway to a three domed masjid (mosque) near it, or a large walled enclosure. Both the Bara Gumbad and this mosque were built in 1494 during the reign of Sikander Lodi. There is also a residence surrounding a central courtyard, and the remains of a water tank from that era can be spotted here.
Today, there is very little architecture remaining in India from the period in which these tombs and structures were built. For this reason, the Lodi Gardens is an important place of preservation. and it is officially under the protection of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
Lodi Gardens give out a peaceful vibe that draws people including tourists who often come down to Khan Market and Safdarjung's Tomb, to spend some quiet time away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The gardens are open to public from 6 AM to 6Pm every day, and it doesn’t require any entrance fee. Photography is prohibited inside the gardens.
The Indira Gandhi International Airport is the nearest international airport from here, located at a distance of 12km away, and can be reached in 20 minutes in case of reasonable traffic. The nearest Metro Station from here is the Central Secretariat.
There are also many other attractions near Lodi Gardens, which are worth visiting for every tourist, such as: