SAFDARJUNG TOMB- the great example of mughal style architecture

Safdarjung Tomb


Introduction: ‘Safdarjung Ka Maqbara’ or also known as Safdarjung Tomb. Built on a platform that measures 109 square feet with a high terrace and a Mosque standing a step from it. This Garden Tomb is one of the great examples of Mughal style architecture known as ‘Charbagh’. A magnificent structure situated at one corner of the Safdarjung Road and very close to Safdarjung Airport. The tomb is made up of red sandstone and marble and stretched over an area of approximately 300 sq m. It was planned to build same as the style of the Humayun tomb with enclosed garden.

The tomb houses several smaller pavilions namely Jangli Mahal, Moti Mahal and Badshah Pasand. The top story of this monument houses an office of The Archaeological Survey of India on. The Tomb site also houses a small library adjoining the entrance gateway. The complex also houses two graves, one of Safdarjung and the other apparently his wife’s. The roofing of the tomb is embellished with painted plasterwork. To construct this tomb the Marble and Sandstone was taken out from Khan-i-Khanan’s Tomb.


History: Safdarjung was born in 1708 AD. His real name was Abul Mansur Mirza Muhammad Muqim Ali Khan before receiving the title of ‘Safdarjung’ by the Emperor. He came to India from Persia in 1722 AD. He used to be the Prime Minister in the courts of Mughal Emperor Muhammad Shah. Later, he died on 5th October 1754 AD at the age of 46 and buried within the tomb complex. The tomb was built by his son named shuja-ud-daulah in 1752-1754. He also ruled over Avadh as an independent ruler of Avadh. He was very rich and powerful.


Visiting hours: 6:00am – 6:30pm


Open: All days


Entry Fee:  30/- (Indians) and 100/- (foreigners)


Nearest metro station: Jor Bagh


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