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Lodhi Gardens

Lodhi Gardens in DelhiLodhi Garden or Lodi Garden is one of the most beautiful and well maintained gardens in the capital city Delhi. The rejuvenating fountains, serene ponds, flowering trees, blossoming shrubs and artificial streams are the prime attractions of this garden located near Khan Market. Initially known as the Lady Willingdon Park, this park is a complete enchanter and is most popular among the joggers. Built by the Sayyid, Lodis and rulers of Pashtun dynasty in the 15th and 16th centuries, this park was inaugurated in the year 1936 by British Raj and was re-designed by J.A Stein and Garrett Geckbo in the year 1968. It houses architectural marvels like Mohammed Shah’s Tomb, Sikander Lodi’s Tomb, Bada Gumbad and Sheesh Gumbad.

Mohammed Shah’s Tomb: Mohammad Shah was the last ruler of the Sayyid dynasty and this tomb was built in 1944. It is an octagonal enclosed area with lintels and chattris made of stone and is an elaborate composition. The architecture consists of stone chhajjas at the roof of the tomb and guldastas  placed at the corner.
Sikander Lodi’s Tomb is quite similar in structure to the Mohammed Shah’s Tomb but has no stone chattris. It portrays the glory of the Lodi dynasty. The Sikander Lodi’s Tomb was built by the last Sultan of Lodi Dynasty – Ibrahim Lodi in the year 1517. Bada Gumbad is a big rubble construction located in the centre and leads to a three domed mosque. Sheesh Mahal lies opposite to the Bada Gumbad and was also built by the Lodis. It takes around 1 to 2 hours to cover the entire length of the garden. Best time to visit the garden is in evening probably after 5 PM.

As the architectural pieces and remains from 15th and 16th Century is less in number and hardly preserved anywhere in the country, this itself speaks for the importance this place bears to the arts lovers and such a pleasing experience it provides to the daily morning and evening joggers.

Attraction of Lodhi Gardens

The park is home to more than 20 beautiful birds like Green Parakeet (Tota), Weaver Bird, Black Headed Myna (Puhya), Pied Cuckoo (Kala Papeeha),  Indian Ring Dove (Chhor Fatka), Little Swift (Babila), Golden-backed Woodpecker (Kathfora),  Red-wattled Lapwing (Titiri), Indian Grey Hornbill (Dhamar), White-rumped Vulture (Gidh), Red-vented Bulbul (Bulbul), Large Grey Babbler (Satbhai), Black Drongo (Kotwal), White - breasted Kingfisher (Ram Chiriya), Tailor Bird (Darzi Chiriya) and many more. The exquisite walk at sunrise, the beautiful silence of the greenery and the pleasant chirping of the birds makes Lodhi Garden a gorgeous escape from the noise and bustle of Delhi.

Quick Facts/ Guide:

Location: Between Safdarjung’s tomb and Khan Market, Lodi Road, New Delhi
April to September - 5.00 am to 8.00 pm
October to March - 6.00am to 8.00pm
Open: All days
Nearest Metro Station: Jor Bagh and Race Course metro station on the Yellow line of Delhi Metro.
Bus Route: One can take following DTC buses  to reach Lodhi Garden: 326, 336, 375,220, 522, 522A, 794, 970
Entry Fee: Free
Photography: Allowed
Photography Charges: None

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