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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!!


Jama Masjid, Delhi

Despite having been to Delhi many times in the past, I’d somehow always missed visiting the Jama Masjid, and it has been on my must-see list for a long time now. A Jama Masjid is a large congregational mosque where Friday noon prayers are held. The one in Delhi is India’s biggest – it can accommodate up to  25000 people. The Mughal emperor Shah Jahan laid its foundation stone in 1650, and the mosque was completed in 1656.


There are three huge gates to the masjid on the north, south and east. The main structure has eight striped domes and two huge striped minarets (41m high) on either side.
One of the entrances to the Jama Masjid in DelhiDevotees at the Jama Masjid
Devotees at the Jama Masjid
The Jama Masjid in Delhi
When we reached the mosque, afternoon namaaz was going on, during which only Muslims are allowed in. So we sat basking in the winter sun on the red steps outside the gate, watching the bylanes of old Delhi bustling with activity and dreaming about the parathas we were soon going to have in Chandni Chowk 🙂