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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