Fast facts about Safdarjung's Tomb in Delhi
When it was built: 1753-54
By whom it was built: Nawab Shauja-ud-Daula
Nature of the building: Tomb
History of Safdarjung's Tomb in Delhi
Safdarjung's Tomb in Delhi was built in 1753 by Nawab Shuja-ud-Daulah,
so that the remains of Safdarjung, his father could be preserved.
Popularly known as the "last flicker in the lamp of Mughal
architecture", it is a memorial to Safdarjung, the governor
of Awadh, who later became the Prime Minister of Muhammad Shah,
the Mughal emperor. This tomb in New Delhi, is located on the
Lodi Road in the middle of a garden spreading over an area of
300 square meter. The garden of Safdarjung's tomb is laid down
on the pattern of the Mughal Charbagh style, on which even Humayun's
tomb was built.
Features of Safdarjung's Tomb in Delhi
- Safdarjung's Tomb in Delhi was built in red sandstone
and buff stone faced with marble and standing squarely in the
middle of a garden. It has two graves, one of Safdarjung and
the other of his wife's. The square central chamber is surrounded
by eight rooms, all rectangular except the corner ones.
- While the dome of the tomb rises from a sixteen-sided
base, there are beautiful pavilions on various ides of the tomb-
"Moti Mahal" or the pearl palace, "Jangli Mahal"
or the sylvan palace and "Badshah Pasand" or the emperor's
- There is a gateway to the enclosure with a courtyard
and a mosque. There are two graves here, one of Safdarjung and
the other presumably his wife's.
Don't Miss in Safdarjung's Tomb in Delhi
Safdarjung's Tomb in Delhi has been often criticized because
of its alleged lack of balance in its make-up and design. You
should not miss out on noticing the architectural beauty that
this apparent disproportion brings out in this tomb.
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