A TOMB MARKING THE END OF MUGHAL EMPIRE…
Tomb of Safdar Jang – A 17th century mausoleum built in typical Mughal style with marble and red sandstone, enclosing two more pavilions including Jangli Mahal and Moti Mahal. The main tomb is encompassed with huge garden divided in four section depicting the Mughal Charbagh style and water channels for each garden. Acquiring its name from Mughal prime minister of 17th century India ~ original name “Mirza Muqim Mansur Khan” or Safdarjung.
The tomb is built on the lines of Humayun Tomb but severely lacks the splendor of the later, even I was little under-whelmed in first look!! Nonetheless, each monument is unique, shaping up in a different timeline, each with its standout historical significance.
Thee huge facade at the entry gate standing in way till the tomb blocking the view of the tomb was a pleasant view!! The vestibule itself is made up of reddish yellow sandstone with distinguishable carvings. The ticket counter is on the right side of the entry building easily visible from the main gate.
Walk your way through the gardens along the water canal till the main tomb and you will be welcomed with the rooms in basement and a subverted staircase to ride upstairs towards the main grave.
The tomb marks the decline of Mughal empire in India standing high as the last monument of the era. After the death of the minister, his son Nawab Shajaud Daula was allowed to construct a tomb in Safdarjung’s name. The interiors of tomb are dark, with baroque work on ceilings of each of the nine rooms whose rococco plaster seems to have been faded bearing the brunt of time.
However the tomb evidently lacks the symmetry easily found in its inspirations from Humayun Tomb and Taj Mahal. The dome seems to be more stretched out from the corner angles giving easy hints at its architectural flaws.
The rear end of the tomb holds a direct view to Jangli Mahal which earlier used to showcase pictures and paintings from history but now is closed for tourists. I completely understand why many tourists as many give it a pass as the only people found here were either a group of friends targeting photography or couples looking for quiet place. Well none was the reason for me!!
Although I was a tad disappointed considering my perception of the Humayun Tomb, the kind of restoration the later have received while this has not!! Wreckage of the building is indubitably out in open with little evidence of reclamation work. Even the water canals are deprived of water and dried up!! I got talking to a security personnel wherein he told me that rehabilitation is in progress.. no matter how slowly & steadily, more due to lack of funds from the government. It actually saddened me to see a historic marvel brought down to almost ruins while the other monuments are given ultra priority!!
How to Reach –
- Metro – Use Yellow line (Samaypur Badli to Huda City Center) – Take the metro going towards *Huda City Center* (or Qutub Minar as few metro going only till here) and get down at Jor Bagh station and exit towards gate no 2. The tomb is located at hardly less than 2 kms so if you prefer walking, just keep walking straight on the exit and you can see the tomb on first red light on your right. If confused – ask any street vendor the route or better Google Maps. If you fancy it in Delhi style – you will surely be welcomed with a bunch of auto-wallahs asking you to take either to Lodhi Garden or Safdarjung tomb – board the auto and it wouldn’t take more than 5 mins to reach there.
- Uber/ Ola – As the tomb is pleasantly located in central/south Delhi, you wouldn’t find much traffic here and cabs are another comfortable medium for reached here.
Any historic monument I visit is mainly in regard with my deep interests towards history and capturing it in best possible manner. I also have a profound inclination towards the imaginative doors existed in that era which is why I have an eye for them.
Have you heard about Safdarjung Tomb in Delhi?? Did you get a chance to see the tomb in your visit to the national capital?? Do share your experience with us!!
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– The Wanderer