The tomb of Sikandar Lodi

The tomb of Sikandar Lodi

The tomb of Sikandar Lodi belongs to the second ruler of the Lodi Dynasty, Sikandar Lodi. He was the sultan of Delhi between 1489-1517 CE and was the son of Bahlul Lodi. After his death, his son Ibrahim Lodi built this tomb for him between 1517-1518 CE. The tomb is located inside Lodi Garden in Delhi.


Sikandar Lodi was the Sultan of Delhi between 1489 and 1517 CE and was the son of Bahlul Lodi. After the demise of his father in 1489, Sikandar Lodhi actively assumed the reign the same year and ruled until his death in 1517 CE. Upon the death of Sikandar Lodi in 1517 CE, his son Ibrahim Lodi built the tomb. The Tomb of Sikandar Lodi was inspired in parts by the tomb of Muhammad Shah which is also situated in the Lodhi Gardens.


The Tomb of Sikandar Lodi was inspired in parts by the tomb of Muhammad Shah. It has octagonal design and the architectural style is Indo-Islamic. The tomb is the first garden tomb in Indian subcontinent and is India's earliest surviving enclosed garden tomb. The tomb is enclosed within a fortified complex (entered from a south facing gateway) with the main entrance having two umbrella shaped domes, which was designed to preserve the symmetry and relative proportions of the body of the building. The tomb is situated in the middle of a large garden and tall boundary walls. Tomb chamber is surrounded by a wide veranda with carved pillars with each side pierced by three arches and the angles occupied by sloping buttresses. The Tomb walls are exemplary ofthe bygone Mughal architectural designs and many foreign languages have been inscribed on the walls. The tomb is embellished with enamelled tiles of various colours. Inside the complex, the western wall has been built to serve as a wall mosque also since the Qibla is indicated through arches and paved area in the front.


The Tomb of Sikandar Lodi is located in and is a part of the Lodhi Gardens in Delhi, India.The garden is bounded by Amrita Shergill Marg in the West, North-West and North, Max MuellerMarg on the East and Lodhi Road on the South Side. Safdar Jang Tomb is situated on South-West corner of the Lodhi Garden.

Timings and entry fees

The timings to enter the Tomb of Sikandar Lodi is from 5 AM to 8 PM. However, there is no entry fee applicable for the tourists coming here.


The best time to visit here is between the months of November and March, since the weather is comparatively pleasant.


To visit Sikandar Lodi’s tomb in Delhi, you can either take the nearest metrowhich is the Jor Bagh station and can get down here, from where there is a direct exit from gate no. 2. You can also hail a cab to reach to your destination.

  • Shish Gumbad – Another of the architectural marvel of the Lodi Dynasty is the Shish Gumbad or ‘Glazed Dome’. It was built between 1489 to 1517 CE. The Shish Gumbad houses graves, whose occupants are not unequivocally identifiable.
  • Bara Gumbad – The Bara Gumbad or ‘Big Dome’ is a monumental example of the architecture of the Lodi Dynasty and can be found in the Lodi Garden. It was built in 1490 CE and is attributed to Sikandar Lodi. The monument is believed to have the earliest constructed full dome of any building in Delhi.
  • Mohammed Shah’s Tomb – The ‘Maqbara’ or tomb of Muhammad Shah Sayyid was built in the year 1444 for the third Sayyid sultan Muhammad Shah. It is one of the largest surviving tombs from the Sayyid Dynasty. It is located near the south-west corner of the Lodi Gardens.
  • Lodi Garden – The Lodi Garden is a symbol of the national, historical, and architectural values. It is an epitome of the grandeur of the bygone Mughal Dynasty. Today, it has developed into a lush, tree-shaded garden with captivating monuments and plantation. The beauty of Lodhi Garden lies significantly in its captivating Indo-Islamic architectural styles. The park consists of a few notable historical structures – tombs, lake, Athpula - an eight pillared bridge, and much more.
  • Jamun – Located in Safdarjung in the heart of Delhi, Jamun is a regional Indian eatery that celebrates the diversity and the rich heritage of Indian cuisine.
  •  Indian Accent – The Lodhi – The India Accent Restaurant (as suggested by the name) is an Indian Cuisine specialty restaurant. That strives at complementing the flavours and traditions of India with global ingredients and techniques. It is located at Lodhi Road, New Delhi.
  • Guppy – With a modern décor and carefully curated fun Japanese cuisine menu, Guppy is a wonderland for the people of Delhi. It is located in Lodhi Colony in New Delhi.

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

Where is the Tomb of Sikandar Lodi located?

The Tomb of Sikandar Lodi is located inside Lodi Garden in Delhi.

What is the best time to visit the Tomb of Sikandar Lodi?

The best time to visit the Tomb of Sikandar Lodi is between November and March.

How to reach the Tomb of Sikandar Lodi?

The nearest metro station to reach the Tomb of Sikandar Lodi is the Jor Bagh station.

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