Travelling to Delhi?Don’t miss spending your Sunday in these two monuments of Delhi that come to life this month. My blogpost mixes history with beauty today.Read on…
The Mughals ruled Delhi for nearly 200 years and have left behind some of the most beautiful buildings that we can ever hope to see.Prominent among them are Taj Mahal and the Humayun Tomb. I will not do injustice to you by writing yet another story on them.Today, I am going to take you through the lovely gardens of Safdarjung’s tomb and later, those of Lodhi.
Safdarjung was one of the last powerful ministers of the Mughals. He was ambitious had sensed that his masters were weaklings and were not going to last for long.For the benefit of my readers living outside India, Safdarjang lived during the tumultous 1700s, well over 250 years from now.The British were just setting up their factories in India then.
The last powerful Emperor of the Mughals, Aurangzeb had recently died in 1707 and for a long time, his descendants were lecherous, cowardly and greedy kings.Some of their ministers thrived in such an environment and Safdarjung was one of them.
He had accumulated vast amounts of money and also harboured the dream of founding a new kingdom.Safdarjung founded the kingdom of Awadh, the capital of which was Lucknow,But, before he died, he made a marvellous building for his tomb.
Aren’t you surprised by such ostentation?Well, I am!
The ambitious minister lies buried in a medium sized room within this building.
Here is the chamber where he lies buried-alone!
While you are still planning to visit this monument in Delhi,let me add to your sense of wonder by posting a few more photos.I hope, you will like them.
Amazingly, the minister stole a lot of marble and other construction material from another tomb to build his own.What a man he was?Bloody thief!
The tomb, though a bleak structure in itself , acquires a sense of dignity when you see it placed neatly within the large, well maintained lawns.
This being spring season in Delhi, a lot of young people flock to these gardens to spend a quiet time to think, to romance and to appreciate beauty.Yours truly was among a set of young friends who wanted to explore this place.
Some trees are shedding their leaves and in a few weeks will sport an altogether new sets of them.Death follows life follows death.It is a continuous cycle.
As you can see, we were a happy bunch of people sharing our stories and points of view on history and environment.
Coming back to this tomb,let me share with you some more pictures of the its architecture.
These windows or pavilions are called jharokhas. Kings or nobles used to sit here and listen to the problems of their subjects.But, why would such a pavilion exist here?Do you have any answer?
Slightly below this window is a marble tablet that has something written in Arabic or Persian.I could not make out what is written in that script.
Some of the geometrical patterns have survived these 200 years.You can find such patterns in the tombs and mosques of Iran as well.
And you can even find some exquisite pieces of inlaid art in the marble here.
But, my post isn’t over yet! Now, I will take you over to one of the finest gardens in Delhi-the Lodhi Garden which houses some more ancient buildings.
The Lodhi Gardens are known more because some of the most powerful people of India come to it. The gardens are adjacent to the seat of power of India!In the mornings, you can see ministers, senior officials, diplomats and politicians taking a brisk walk inside the garden.
The gardens in this season take on an amazing look.
They are abloom with flowers and color is the defining emotion here.
Lodhi gardens mean different things to different people.
For heritage lovers, the tombs of the mighty Sultans of Delhi are a huge draw.There are three of them and they are older than the Safdarjung tomb by at least 200 years.
For lovers, the tombs provide a perfect cover for courtship while for book lovers, there cannot be a better place than these gardens.
I have a fixation for these tall palm trees.They provide a sense of proportion to the recklessness of our lives.Don’t you think so?
You may also run into a drama theatre in these grounds, as I did.
But, it is the tombs that provide a wonderful opportunity for great snaps.
The young lady in orange melts into her surroundings.Is she alone?Or there is someone by her side? Or do you think she is waiting for someone?
Meanwhile, somewhere, the ducks enjoy themselves in the still waters of the pond.It seems that there is a silent conversation between the crow and the ducks.
Oh, you should meet lovely Zahra,It was a pleasure taking her snap.I wasn’t sure her Afghan relatives would be ok with this.Delhi has a large number of Afghans as students and government officials.
The Lodhi gardens are so named because they house the tombs of the Lodhi kings. They were the rulers of Delhi before the Mughals came.The Mughals defeated the Lodhis in a fierce battle in 1526 AD in a place 100 kilometers from Delhi.
Apart from the tombs, there is an old bridge inside the garden.This bridge, made of stone is at least 400 years old.
But, as I said earlier, you still can not escape the riot of colours that pervades the environment.It seems happiness has descended upon humans , animals and plants in equal measure.Spring, in India , evokes emotions of romance, luxury and happiness.
Such is happiness!This is what mother nature does to its children, at times.
So, that is it guys!
But, hey, how does one reach these places?No problem, take the Delhi Metro, get down at the Jorbagh station.From there it is just a 5 minute walk to the Safdarjung tomb.
Entry to the Lodhi Garden is free while the ticket price to Safdarjang is just 5 rupees for Indians.it is costlier for my overseas friends but, affordable, still.
Thanks for reading all this and dropping by.Have a nice day.