Safdarjung’s Tomb, Delhi

From one of Delhi’s most famous monuments in my last post, let’s go to one of the last examples of the Mughal architecture in Delhi. Mirza Muqim Abul Mansur Khan was the governor of Awadh and he also assisted the Mughal emperor Muhammad Shah in his administration. Pleased with his services, the emperor gave him the title of “Safdarjung” and put him in charge of Kashmir as well. When Ahmad Shah Bahadur became the next emperor, he made Safdarjung his Prime Minister.

After his death, Safdarjung’s son Nawab Shuja-ud-daulah built a red sandstone tomb for his father in Delhi, along the same lines as Humayun’s tomb. It is impeccably maintained, and the complex houses the headquarters of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

Entrance to Safdarjung's Tomb with adjacent mosque

The ornate entrance to the tomb, with a three domed mosque next to it

Entrance to Safdarjung Tomb - Details

Net vaulting on the entrance gate, with intricately painted floral motifs

Safdarjung's Tomb seen through entrance arch

The visitor’s first glimpse of the tomb, framed by the entrance arch

Safdarjung's Tomb

Safdarjung’s Tomb

Safdarjung's Grave

The grave of Safdarjung

Ornate Interiors of Safdarjung's Tomb

The intricately vaulted ceiling above the grave

Ashwin's dedication to photography

I couldn’t leave out this stunning example of Ashwin’s dedication to photography!!

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  • Reply Sudhamshu Hebbar February 13, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Beautiful pictures! Except for the last one, which is very funny!

  • Reply Bubblegum.... February 11, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Loved the second last and I dont know why!! AWESOME!!!!!

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