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Lodi Gardens

The Lodi (or Lodhi) Gardens is one of the most pleasant spots in Delhi to go for a stroll or a jog. Filled with trees and greenery, it is not only famous for its natural beauty, but is also an important historical spot. It contains the tombs of the Mughal Emperors of the Pashtun dynasty, Mohammed Shah and Sikander Lodhi, as well as the Bara Gumbad (Large Dome) and the Sheesh Gumbad (Glass Dome). As very little architecture from the 15th century Pashtun period survives in India, the buildings here are very important, and have been declared a protected area by the Archaeological Survey of India.

The tomb of Mohammed Shah is the oldest of the tombs and was built in 1444 by Ala-ud-din Alam. The tomb of Sikandar Lodhi was built in 1517 by Ibrahim Lodhi, his son. Both buildings are octagonal in shape and crowned with a large curving dome surrounded by small chhatras. The Bara Gumbad is attached to a three domed mosque, for which it is a gateway. It was built in 1494 during Sikandar Lodhi’s reign. The Sheesh Gumbad was also built around this time. Glazed tiles were used in its construction, giving it a glassy finish. It is the tomb of an unknown family.

The Lodhi Gardens is a popular picnic spot for the people of Delhi. Heritage walks are also organised by the Archaeological Survey of India. It can be found on Lodi Road, between Khan Market and Safdarjung’s Tomb.

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