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Lodhi Gardens – A Walk Through an Ancient Relic of Delhi

By Akshatha

Delhi is popular for its monuments; these places are known world-wide. Yet, there are many places that can be explored in the city. Lodhi Gardens in Delhi is a relic of an ancient era, older than Mughal age.

Lodhi Gardens is a lesser known monument of Delhi. It has the tombs of Mohammad Shah, Sikandar Lodhi, Sheesh Gumbad and Bara Gumbad. These are the architecture of Lodhi's, an Afghan dynasty that ruled North India and Pakisthan in 15th C.

 

The tomb of Mohammad Shah, built in 1444, is the earliest of all tombs in the garden. Sikandar Lodhi's tomb was built by Ibrahim Lodi, the last sultan of Lodhi dynasty.

Lodhi dynasty was defeated by Babur in 1526, thus began the Mughal empire in India. During British Raj, the park was named as 'Lady Willingdon Park'. After Independence, it was renamed as Lodhi Gardens.

Lodhi Gardens is preserved by ASI, as its the surviving monument of that era. Today, Lodhi Gardens is popular among morning walkers, children and yoga enthusiasts.

The tombs has a combinations of Hindu and Islamic style architecture. Hindu features are the eight chhatris, ornamental pinnacles in the corner and so on. With all its art and architecture, it is a place to visit in Delhi.

Let us take a walk through the Lodhi Gardens in Delhi!

Mohammad Shah's Tomb
  

Mohammad Shah's Tomb

Mohammad Shah, the last ruler of Sayyid dynasty. His tomb was built as a tribute by Ala-ud-din Alam Shah, Lodhi dynasty.
Photo Courtesy: Anita Mishra

Sikandar Lodhi's Tomb
  

Sikandar Lodhi's Tomb

The tomb was built by his son Ibrahim Lodhi, the last ruler of the dynasty.
Photo Courtesy: Varun Shiv Kapur

The Entrance of Sikandar Lodhi's Tomb
  

The Entrance of Sikandar Lodhi's Tomb

Dome entrance leading to the tomb
Photo Courtesy: Varun Shiv Kapur

Compound Wall of Sikandar Lodhi's Tomb
  
 

Compound Wall of Sikandar Lodhi's Tomb

Outer wall of enclosing the tomb.
Photo Courtesy: Daderot

 Sheesh Gumbad ( Glass Dome)
  

Sheesh Gumbad ( Glass Dome)

It is called so because of the glazed tiles used in its structure.
Photo Courtesy: Daderot 

Bara Gumbad (Big Dome)
  

Bara Gumbad (Big Dome)

Bara Gumbad is a dome gateway for the mosque inside it.
Photo Courtesy: Devansh Goel

Bara Gumbad Mosque
  

Bara Gumbad Mosque

A three domed mosque inside Bara (Bada) Gumbad.
Photo Courtesy: Shashwat Nagpal

Inside Bara Gumbad Mosque
  

Inside Bara Gumbad Mosque

An alley inside the mosque.
Photo Courtesy: Baldiri

Athpula (8 arched), Bridge
  

Athpula (8 arched), Bridge

This bridge has 8 arches and is one of the last buildings built during Akbar's time in Delhi.
Photo Courtesy: Nishant88dp

National Bonsai Park
  

National Bonsai Park

Bonsai park inside Lodhi Gardens has varieties of Bonsai plants.
Photo Courtesy: Vssun

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