Delhi has rich history. The city has been a platform for many an incidents through the ages. Though many dynasties, many rulers of many a cultures have ruled Delhi, all have left their signature on the city's architecture. The Mughal and other Islamic dynasties have constructed some of most beautiful structures in Delhi. This guided city tour takes you to 3 famous tombs in Delhi.
What you will see in the guided tour
You will be first driven to Safdarjung Tomb. Built in sandstone and marble in 1754, this mausoleum has an ambiance of spaciousness and an imposing presence with its domed and arched red brown and white coloured structures.
Continue to Humayun's Tomb – a magnificent Mughal building built in 1565-66 and set in a square enclosed garden. This amazing red sandstone and marble structure somewhat resembles the Taj Mahal.
Finally you will be taken to Lodi Gardens. Spread over 90 acres, Lodi Gardens contain a large number of tombs of Lodi rulers of the 15th and 16th centuries.
Significance of each tomb in the guided city tour
Tomb of Safdarjung
Safdarjung's Tomb is a sandstone and marble mausoleum in New Delhi, India. It was built in 1754 in the late Mughal Empire style for the statesman Safdarjung. The monument has an ambiance of spaciousness and an imposing presence with its domed and arched red brown and white coloured structures. Safdarjung was made prime minister of the Mughal Empire (Wazir ul-Mamlak-i-Hindustan) when Ahmad Shah Bahadur ascended the throne in 1748.
The Safdarjung tomb, the last monumental tomb garden of the Mughals, was planned and built like an enclosed garden tomb in line with the style of the Humayun tomb. It was completed in 1754. The slabs from the tomb of Abdul Rahim Khankhana were used in the construction of the tomb.
The tomb has four key features which are: The Charbagh garden plan with the mausoleum at the center, a ninefold floor plan, a five-part façade and a large podium with a hidden stairway. (Wikipedia)
Is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun in Delhi. The tomb was commissioned by Humayun's son Akbar in 1569-70, and designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyas, a Persian architect chosen by Bega Begum. It was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent, and is located in Nizamuddin East, Delhi.
It was also the first structure to use red sandstone at such a scale. The tomb was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993 and since then has undergone extensive restoration work, which is complete.
Besides the main tomb enclosure of Humayun, several smaller monuments dot the pathway leading up to it, from the main entrance in the West, including one that even pre-dates the main tomb itself, by twenty years; it is the tomb complex of Isa Khan Niyazi, an Afghan noble in Sher Shah Suri's court of the Suri dynasty, who fought against the Mughals, constructed in 1547 CE.
The complex encompasses the main tomb of the Emperor Humayun, which houses the graves of Bega Begum herself, Hamida Begum, and also Dara Shikoh, great-great-grandson of Humayun and son of the later Emperor Shah Jahan, as well as numerous other subsequent Mughals. (Wikipedia)
Lodhi Gardens is a city park situated in New Delhi, India. Spread over 90 acres (360,000 m2), it contains, Mohammed Shah's Tomb, Tomb of Sikandar Lodi, Shisha Gumbad and Bara Gumbad, architectural works of the 15th century by Lodhis- who ruled parts of northern India and Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of modern-day Pakistan, from 1451 to 1526. The site is now protected by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
The tomb of Mohammed Shah, the last of the Sayyid dynasty rulers, the earliest of the tombs in the garden, was built in 1444 by Ala-ud-din Alam Shah as a tribute to Mohammed Shah.
As there is little architecture from these two periods remaining in India, Lodhi Gardens is an important place of preservation. The tomb of Mohammed Shah is visible from the road, and is the earliest structure in the gardens. The architecture is characterised by the octagonal chamber, with stone chhajjas on the roof and guldastas on the corners.
Google map of the tour
What is included in the tour
- A private air-conditioned vehicle
- Service of an English speaking expert guide on private basis
- Complimentary mineral water for consumption during the tour
What is not included in the tour
- Entrance Fee
- Camera Fee
- Any other item not mentioned under ‘Inclusions’
Cost of the tour
- INR 3427 (Adult 12 plus years old)
- INR 1714 (Children between 5 and 11 years)
Things to know about the guided tour
- You will be collected from and dropped off at your hotel (within 15km radius of Connaught Palace in the heart of Delhi) .
- Duration of the trip is 4-5 hours (from pickup to drop off) Best time to do this experience is between 7AM and 6PM