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Safdarjung Tomb

Safdarjung’s Tomb is known to be a beautiful garden tomb that is situated close to the Lodi Garden. This brilliant monument was built by Nawab ‘Shuja-Ud-Daulah’ and it was a tribute to his father Mirza Abul Mansur Khan, who was also known as Safdarjung. He was known to be the Governor of Awadh during the period of Muhammad Shah and he later became the prime minister.

There are two graves located here. One is that of Safdarjung and the other tomb is of his wife. The chambers here are in rectangle shape and the corner chambers have an octagonal shape. This tomb faces the amazing pavilions of Moti Mahal, Jangli Mahal and Badsha pasand. This complex is also known to be featured with a madarsa. Towards the main gateway, you can check out for a library that is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India.


The construction of this monument began in the year 1753 and got completed by the year 1754. This monument clearly displays the richness of the Mughal art and it is known to be such a renowned historical monument that attracts tourists from all over the world. Given the credit of being one of the few buildings that were built during the last phase of the Mughal period, this tomb holds a lot of historical significance. The plan of this structure is somewhat similar to Humayun's tomb.


With a massive entrance, Safdarjung Tomb looks magnificent. Towards the main entrance is a vibrant red light stop that adds to the beauty of the tomb. The main entrance is huge and depicts some ornamental paintings. There is a doubled-storied gateway, which has many apartments and looks stunning. You can also find a Mosque towards the gate. The glowing red Gulmohar can be seen blossoming close to the red sandstone domes and this looks stunning.

Garden of the tomb is separated into four squares by the tanks and the side pathways. This tomb has four features and they follow the nine-fold floor plan with a huge podium, five-part facade and Charbagh Garden. The tomb has a height of 18.29 m and it is known to be built with buff sandstone and red sandstone.

The platform of this tomb has many compartments. Interiors of the prime tomb are known to have some great carvings and wonderful designs on the buff sandstones and the marbles. This tomb is referred as 'the last flicker in the dying lamp of Mughal Architecture of Delhi' because it is considered the last monument to be constructed in the city of Delhi.

Best Time to Visit

This monument is open on all days for public view. Delhi temperatures are pleasant from October to March, which is a good time to visit the place.

How to Reach

By Air

Delhi is well-connected to all parts of India and the world as it gets flights from all major domestic and international carriers.
By Train

The railway network of Delhi runs through the entire country. There are three railway stations here—Old Delhi Railway Station, New Delhi Railway Station and Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station.

By Road

Delhi is connected well with roads because it is the crossroads for many national highways. There are three main bus stands here—Sarai Kale-Khan Bus Terminus, Anand Vihar Bus Terminus and Inter State Bus Terminus—to offer easy connectivity. Government and private buses ply from these terminals to all parts of India.

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