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Safdarjung Tomb

Safdarjung ka MaqbaraSafdarjung Tomb Delhi is the second garden grave which was modeled after the Humayun's tomb. Safdarjung Tomb was constructed during the year 1754 and was accounted as "the last flicker in the lamp of Mughal architecture". The repository has an atmosphere of roominess and a distinguished front with its vaulted and curved red brown and achromatic bleached constructions.

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.
The primary entrance to the grave has two floors and its frontal features exclusive decoration in embellished color intermediate between red and blue. Arabic inscriptions can also be witnessed on the surfaces of the facade. The inner side of the grave is embraced with singular decorations. There are four structures taller than its diameter around the primary tomb at the niches which are in the shape of polygons are furnished with small area set off by walls for special use.

There is a chamber underneath the ground level in the mausoleum which puts up the tombs of Safadrjung and Architecture of Safdarjung ka Maqbarahis 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.

Quick Facts

Landmark: Near the Safdarjung Airport

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

Entry Fee
Rs. 5 per head for Indians
Rs. 100 per head for international visitors

Camera Fee: Rs. 25 for video cameras

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    Anamika from Ghaziabad 1614 Days ago

    nice article, thanks for giving the details of safdarjung tomb.

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    Meera Kumari from Deoghar 1922 Days ago

    There many tombs in Delhi like Humayu's tomb, lodi etc. and i am confused.
    Can somebody provide me a list of all the tomb!

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    delhionline.in Expertfrom 1892 Days ago

    You can go through our http://www.delhionline.in/city-guide/delhi-tourism
    for the list of monuments and tombs.

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