Sunday, January 20, 2013

Safdarjung's Tomb and Lodi Gardens, Delhi, India

Hi and welcome. This blog shows photos of two ancient Tomb sites in the heart of Delhi. This first photo is the entrance to Safdarjung's Tomb in New Delhi. Although in a poor state of repair I find this building very beautiful. It was my second visit to this wonderful Tomb. There are more photos from my earlier visit here
When I walked through the entrance I saw a photo shoot was going on. I just had to ask if I could join in!

As you can see I was given permission. An exquisitely beautiful lady and dress

Safdarjung's Tomb is a garden tomb with a marble mausoleum.
Safdar Jung (Hindi: सफदरजंग, Urdu: صفدرجنگ‎) (b. c. 1708 – d. 5 October 1754) was the Subadar Nawab of Oudh (the ruler of the Indian state of Oudh, also known as Awadh) from 19 March 1739 to 5 October 1754

It was built in 1754 in the late Mughal Empire style, and was described as "the last flicker in the lamp of Mughal architecture"

There are four water canals leading to four buildings. One has an ornately decorated gateway while the other three are pavilions, with living quarters built into the walls

The tomb was built for Safdarjung, the powerful prime minister of Muhammad Shah who was the weak Mughal emperor from 1719 to 1748

There is a three-domed mosque within the complex

The Bada Gumbad Tomb in Lodi Gardens

Apparently we don't know who was buried there, probably some high-ranking official in the period of Sikandar Lodi 1489-1517

One of my favourite buildings in Delhi

Anyone who has been to India will know how keen children are to have their photo taken

I arrived at the tomb to find there was a school trip!

These three managed to maintain a classic pose

This lot just appeared in a moment of spontaneous joy!
Looking across to Sheesh Gumbad, another tomb

Sheesh Gumbad means "Glass Dome"because of the glazed blue ceramic tiles on the outside. You can see the remains of a line of them above the door inlay

Beautiful detail

A splash of bright colour

Endless photo opportunities!

The other side of Bada Gumbad

Some historians have suggested that it is the tomb of the first Lodi Sultan, Bahlol Lodi, who died in 1489

A common and beautiful Mughal architectural feature

Proud Mum and Molly. She asked me to take a photo of them both. How could I say no!!!

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