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Landscaped at the behest of Lady Willingdon, the vicereine in 1936 Lodhi Garden acts as a “green lung” for the people of Delhi. Its tree lined pathways and well-kept lawns and flowerbeds are inhabited by fluttering butterflies, stalking peacocks and all sorts of birds. The gardens are dotted with the crumbling yet imposing 15th-century tombs of the Sayyid and Lodhi dynasties, Delhi’s last sultans. Many of them still have traces of the original turquoise tilework and calligraphy.
Best Time to Visit Lodhi Garden
If you plan to visit Lodhi Garden, avoid the weekends for a more peaceful outing.
Lodhi Garden Map
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Top Attractions to Visit in Lodhi Garden
Most locals visit Lodhi Garden to relax, exercise and take in the fresh air. However, if you’re a tourist in Delhi and visiting Lodhi Garden for the first time, you’ll want to see the attractions that are scattered around the gardens. Below are the top five attractions worth visiting on a trip to Lodhi Garden.
1. Tomb of Muhammad Shah
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The elegantly proportioned Tomb of Muhammad Shah (r.1434-44), the third ruler of the Sayyid dynasty, is said to be the oldest in the garden. It has sloping buttresses, an octagonal plan, projecting eaves and lotus patterns on the ceiling.
2. Bada Gumbad
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In the middle of the garden facing the east entrance from Max Mueller Road is the largest of the structures, Bara Gumbad (“Big Dome”), a mosque built in 1494. The raised courtyard is provided with an imposing gateway and mehman khana (guest rooms). The platform in the centre appears to have had a tank for ritual ablutions.
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3. Sheesh Gumbad
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The late 15th century Sheesh Gumbad (“Glass Dome”) is built on a raised incline north of the Bara Gumbad and was once decorated with glazed blue tiles, painted floral designs and Koranic inscriptions. The façade gives the impression of a two-storeyed building, typical of Lodi architecture.
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4. Tomb of Sikander Lodhi
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To its west are ramparts that enclose the Tomb of Sikander Lodhi (r.1489-1517). Sikander Lodhi’s tomb, built by his son in 1517, is also an octagonal structure decorated with Hindu motifs. A structural innovation is the double dome which was later refined under the Mughals.
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5. Athpula Bridge
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At the South End Road entrance to the gardens is a lovely stone bridge called Athpula (literally “eight piers”), said to date from the 17th century and is attributed to Nawab Bahadur, a nobleman at Akbar’s court.
Lodhi Garden Timings
October to March – 6am to 8pm
April to September – 5am to 8pm
How to reach Lodhi Garden?
The most affordable and convenient way to get to Lodhi Gardens is to take the Metro to Jor Bagh station. From there, walk north on Sri Aurobindo Marg and turn east on to Lodhi Road; the gardens will appear on the left. Alternatively, you can get a taxi or hire a private car for the day; instead of walking 600 metres, you will be dropped in front of the gardens.
Lodhi Garden Location
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