Delhi Darshan #Safdarjung Tomb

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Safdarjung Tomb, also known as Safdarjung ka Maqbara, was built in 1754 by Nawab Shujaud Daula as a mausoleum of Safdarjung. Mirza Muqim Abul-Mansur Khan, who was the viceroy of Oudh under Muhammad Shah and later on prime minister under Ahmad Shah, was also known as Safdar-Jang.

Safdarjung Tomb, the last garden tomb made in the tradition of Humayun’s Tomb, is situated in New Delhi. The tomb of Safdarjung is encompassed within a large garden, divided into squares on the char bagh pattern, with tanks and fountains along the central pathway, with a gate on the east and pavilions on the other three sides. It has few smaller pavilions with reminiscent names like Jangli Mahal, Moti Mahal, and Badshah Pasand. There’s a madarsa also in the complex of this tomb. Safdarjung was a powerful Wazir, that is why many places were named after him like Safdarjung Airport, Safdarjung Hospital, Safdarjung Terminal and an Enclave.

This historical monument is a famous tourist spot among both Indians and foreigners. Due to marble panels on its corner towers, exaggerated ornamentation, red and buff sandstone, it has been described as “the last flicker in the lamp of Mughal architecture at Delhi.”

It’s an irony that I crossed this tomb for almost two years but never got the opportunity to go inside it. Finally, after years of wait and patience, I made it happen and went there for writing this blog post. I hope you’ll like this place & post too.

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      1. My neighbors are from a smaller town outside Delhi, they were over for dinner. Told us about all kinds of stories from their childhood. Hopefully I can find out when they are going back and join them.

  1. The flowers are the most compelling companion to your face in these photos. It’s easy to walk past something or someone beautiful and never fully appreciate it or them til you come inside and gaze upon compelling sparkling wonder or simple rustic charm and elegance. Each house. of worship contains elements of tragedy n triumph interwoven in its construction considering they are often the result of the destruction of another casualty of architectural mastery lost in the endless battle for ideological prominence dominance n theological significance

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  3. Hi, Falak! It’s become a motto of mine to say, “Live like a tourist!” Yes! Why not see everything that’s around? I love the photo of the interior and that unbelievable light shaft! And the one inside the archway, where the intricate backgrounds can be seen. It’s so amazing that such artisans could build these structures, back in the days. India is so renown for their craftsmen. Yes; love the post and the pictures!

    1. Thanks a ton.. India was known as a golder bird throughout the world, all these heritage buildings were made hundred of years ago and they are still standing in proud.. The architecture, the craftsman of that time were surely a jewel…

      1. I am sure I will love it. when I was little I used to read lots of stories about kids who grew up in India. I was always intrigued by the culture portrayed in the stories…then again I anything that is different from my average day in America is intriguing…. 🙂

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