In reality, Safdarjung Tomb is not an emperor's grave but that of the premier of the Mughal Empire when Momhammed Shah Ahmed Shah came up to the power of the Mughal empire in Delhi in 1748. Safdarjung ka Maqbara was constituted as the principal minister of the empire with the title of respect of Wazir ul-Mamalk-i-Hindustan.
Safdarjung was also constituted as the regulator of Ajmer (5th largest urban center in Rajasthan) and grew as the Faujdar (a title of respect presented by Mughal and other Muslim rulers in South Asia to fort commandants) of Narnaul. Nevertheless, due to overturn of events, he was disregarded in 1753. He came back to Awadh and modernized Faizabad as a town and reconstructed it as his headquarters. Safdarjung passed away in the year 1755 at the age of 46 in Sultanpur near his military headquarters.
The Safdarjung Tomb Delhi is considered as the last garden grave of Mughals and has four distinguished features:
- The Charbagh garden architectural plan with the mausoleum (large burial chamber, usually above ground) at the middle
- a nonuple architecture
- pentad split up frontal
- a big dais with an out of sight staircase.
There is a chamber underneath the ground level in the mausoleum which puts up the tombs of Safadrjung and his married woman. The tomb complex also has a madarsa (educational institution). Furthermore, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) upholds a library over the primary entrance.
Location: "T" junction of Lodhi Road and Aurobindo Marg in New Delhi
Nearest Metro Station: Jor Bagh (yellow line)
Open: Throughout the year
Timings: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Rs. 5 per head for Indians
Rs. 100 per head for international visitors
Camera Fee: Rs. 25 for video cameras