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The Tomb of Safdarjung – The Last Monumental Tomb Garden


The Safdarjung tomb is a mausoleum made of sandstone and marble. Nawab Shujaud Daula, the son of Mirza Muqim Abul Mansar Khan also known as Safdarjun, built this tomb in the year 1754 in memory of his father. Safdarjung ruled Avad as viceroy of Mughal Emperor Muhammad Shah. A rich and powerful man who then moved to Delhi after the death of the viceroy. In 1748, he was made the Chief Minister of the empire and was given the title Wazir ul-Mamalk-i-Hindustan. The king being only his puppet, he had taken over all the powers of the empire. Seeing this in 1753 Safdarjung was moved out of Delhi in 1753 with the help of Maratha Confederacy. Later in 1754, he died and in his memory, this tomb was built.

This tomb was planned and structured very similar to the famous Humayun’s Tomb. Slab used in the building of this tomb was from the tomb of Abdul Rahim Khankhana. The four main highlights of this tomb are: The Charbagh Garden that was planned at the centre, a nine fold floor plan, a five part façade and huge podium with a hidden stairway. This tomb has been built in the middle of the garden, famous Mughal Charbagh Style. It is said that there are two graves here; one of Safdarjung and other should be of his wife apparently.
Its square central chamber has eight rooms of which some are rectangular in shape and corner ones are octagonal in shape. This tomb has been raised on a sixteen-sided base. On either sides of the tomb are beautiful pavilions popularly known as Moti Mahal or the Pearl Palace, Jangli Mahal and Badshah Pasand.There is an underground chamber in the mausoleum that ideally has the graves of Safdarjung and his wife. This is located on Lodi Road in Delhi. A monument that tells it all with the beautiful architecture.

Address - Intersection of Safdarjung Road and Aurobindo Marg
Time - Sunrise to Sunset
How To Reach:
Nearest Metro Station - Jor Bagh on Yellow Line
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