Location:Between Khan Market and Safdarjung’s Tomb on Lodi Road
Attractions: Tombs, mosques and the beautiful lawns
Visiting Hours: Early morning to late evening; open all days
Best Time to Visit: February and March
Timings: Early morning to evening
Entry: Free of cost
The green city of Delhi owes its pride to some of the best gardens it has. Lodi Gardens is one among them. The garden was made in between the 15th and the 16th century by the Sayyid and Lodi rulers and has been preserved from the very day of its inception. Since then, Lodi Gardens has been a major place of historical importance. The garden is home to the Mohammed Shah’s Tomb, Sikander Lodi’s Tomb, Sheesh Gumbad and Bara Gumbad, the reminiscences of the Pashtun Dynasty. Their architectural charm adds beauty to the already picturesque set up. Lodi Gardens is open to the general public from dawn to dusk. People come here to jog, exercise, practice yoga and meditate. The calm atmosphere, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, provides an ideal set up for all these activities. On the whole, the Lodi Garden is flawless and captivating in every aspect.
Of all the tombs raised in the Lodi Gardens, the tomb of Mohammed Shah was the earliest. It was built by Ala-ud-din Alam Shah in 1444, in the honor of Mohammed Shah, the last of the Sayyid dynasty rulers. The tomb of Sikander Lodi was constructed by his son Ibrahim Lodi in 1517 and is quite similar to the tomb of Mohammed Shah. Ibrahim Lodi was the last ruler of the Lodi dynasty, who was defeated by Babur, the first Mughal emperor of India.
The Lodi Gardens was often the center of many important events during the Mughal era which led to its frequent renovations. The garden would be re-designed depending on its usage. For instance, it was used as an observatory, during the reign of Akbar. Similarly, when the British invaded India, Lady Willingdon, wife of Governor-General of India, Marquess of Willingdon, remodeled the garden again. It was inaugurated on April 9, 1936 and got its name changed to ‘Lady Willingdon Park’. The garden’s present name was given after India’s independence in 1947. In 1968, Joseph Allen Stein, an American architect renovated the Lodi Gardensyet again. This time a new structure was built, a glasshouse.
Style And Architecture
The ‘Bara Gumbad’, or the Big Dome, is in the heart of the garden serving as a gateway to a three domed mosque. Facing the Bara Gumbad is the ‘Sheesh Gumbad’,meaning Glass Dome. It derives its name from gleaming tiles which were used for its construction. As you go further, you will find the remains of a water channel which once connected Sikander Lodi’s tomb to the river Yamuna. Close to Sikander Lodi’s tomb is the ‘Athpula’ Bridge and is the last of the edifices built in Delhi under Akbar’s rule. The bridge has seven arches, the central one being the largest. Although they are important to the history of India, these structures have but very little architecture left.
Places To Eat
Lodi – The Garden Restaurant
The restaurant is located inside the Lodi Gardens. You can relish the delicious Mediterranean and European dishes. One can choose to have the buffet or from the a la carte. Meals for two will cost around Rs. 1700.
- Rashtrapati Bhavan or The President’s House
- India Gate
- Lotus Temple
Connaught place, situated in the heart of the city of Delhi, is a great place to shop. The place is famous for fashion jewelry, books, clothes (Indian ethnic and western), handicrafts, electronic items, etc. Among the malls here, Ansal Plazais one of the best in Delhi.
How To Reach
From The Airport
All flights both domestic and international land at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA). Once you have arrived, you can hire a taxi to go to the Lodi Gardens. You can also go in a bus or an auto. The other option is to catch a metro and get down at Central Secretariat, the nearest metro station to Lodi Gardens.
From The Railway Station
New Delhi Railway Station
Nearest Bus Terminal- ISBT Kashmere Gate
Metro Station-The nearest metro station to the Lodi Gardens is Central Secretariat.
Delhi Junction Railway Station Or Old Delhi Railway Station
Nearest Bus Terminal- ISBT Kashmere Gate
Metro Station-Chandni Chowk Metro Station is closest to the railway station and from here you can avail metro service to the Central Secretariat Metro Station (Lodi Gardens).
Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station
Nearest bus terminal-ISBT Sarai Kale Khan
Metro Station-Jangpura, Lajpat Nagar, INA are the nearest metro stations to the railway station. You can catch a metro to the Central Secretariat Metro Station (Lodi Gardens).
From Bus Terminals
There are a number of tourist buses operating from some major bus terminuses on a daily basis. These buses are owned by the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC). To go to Lodi Gardens one can board a bus at Scindia’s House in Connaught Place, in Central Delhi. For the rest, below is the list of bus depots from where the tourist buses operate:
- Yamuna Vihar bus depot
- Sarai Kale Khan
- Hari Nagar bus depot
- Nangloi bus depot
- Shadipur bus depot
- Kashmere gate terminal
- Anand Vihar terminal
Lodi Gardens is a frequently visited place in Delhi. Apart from being a ‘jogger’s paradise’ the place is a major picnic spot. It is usually crowded on the weekends as families gather here for some time-out and for a pleasant diversion from the city’s hectic life. Being home to some simple yet beautiful monuments, Lodi Gardens is an invigorating and calm retreat in Delhi.