A walk at Lodi Garden.

“Bara Gumbad”

Spring 2012, one of the best time of the year to be out sightseeing in Delhi, I decided to take my family out for a walk at the not so far away Lodi Garden in Lodi Road, New Delhi. Engrossed  as I was in taking pictures, my wife accuses me of coming there for a photo shoot rather than to take them out for a walk, which perhaps was not very far from the truth :). Anyways, located just a stone’s throw from the India Habitat Centre at Lodi Road and about a few minutes walk from the Humayun Tomb in Safdarjung, the Lodi garden is perhaps one of Delhi’s most enchanting parks. Well maintained with a rich variety of flora spread over 90 acres of land bang in the heart of the city, coupled with some interesting historical monuments, it is not just a jogger’s heaven but also a treat for the history buffs and shutter bugs alike. Evident from the moment you step inside, it also a paradise for love birds (which sometimes can get really galling if traveling in company of family members especially children).

The site which houses the  tombs of Mohammed Shah of the Sayyid dynasty and Sikandar Lodi of Lodi dynasty as well as a mosque built during 15th Century, it was developed into a park during the ‘British Raj’. Landscaped by Lady Willingdon, wife of Marquess of Willingdon, the then Governor-General of India, it was named the ‘Lady Willingdon Park’ . After India’s independence, however, it was renamed Lodi Gardens , owing to the historical monuments which dates back to Lodi era, a Pashtun dynasty which ruled most of Northern India during the 16th century. Some of the monuments like the tomb of Mohammed Shah of the Sayyid dynasty even date back to as early as the fifteenth century AD. Very little architecture of these periods can be found in India now. Here is a small vista seen through my lens.

The ‘Bara Gumbad’ – gateway to the mosque built during the reign of Sikander Lodi in 15th century AD.
An arch in the mosque replete with fine calligraphic engravings.

Some beautiful artwork of the 15th century architecture.

A muslim lady praying at the mosque
A view of the ‘ Sheesh Gumbab’ from inside the Bara Gumbad.
The ceramic tiles seen above the arch gives the monument the name ‘Sheesh Gumbad’ meaning the glass dome.
The Sheesh Gumbad
The ‘Athpula’ or the ‘eight piered Bridge’ which was built during the reign of Mughal Emperor Akbar.
The tomb of Sikandar Lodi built by his son Ibrahim Lodi of the Lodi dynasty which ruled most of the northern India during the 16th century.

 And so it was …a great walk, a little bit of exercise, a lot of fresh air and some great history to top it up !

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