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Heritage Walk – Lodi Garden

Lodi Garden

Lodi Garden

If anything, Delhi is definitely not boring. The city has much to offer as sites for cultural, spiritual, architectural feasts. In continuation with our series of Heritage Walks, today we visit the Lodi Gardens. To begin with, there are 2 words that best capture Lodi Gardens’ true essence – quaint and unrushed. For a moment, it takes away the feeling of being the the capital of the second most populated country in the world.

The History

The history, you ask? There’s lots of it! The Gardens enjoyed the patronage of the Saiyyad and Lodi dynasties. The tomb of Mohammad Shah was a tribute by his successor Ala-ud-Din Shah while that of Sikander Lodi  was built by his son, Ibrahim Lodi in 1517. What makes the Lodi Gardens special is that they are probably the only architectural specimen, besides Qutab Minar, from the pre-Mughal era. The tombs were later, during the reign of Akbar, used as a state archive for storing important documents. During the British Raj, the Gardens were redone by the wife of then Governor General, Lord Willingdon and they were named Lady Willingdon’s Gardens.

The Walk

Heritage Walks to Lodi Gardens are mostly organized around weekends and are a wonderful way to gain an insight into the architectural crevices of medieval India. The 1.5 kilometer long walk takes a couple of hours and witty guides enthrall their audiences with interesting anecdotes and stories behind the majestic tombs. Visitors are advised to wear walking shoes and carry water bottles.

The heritage walk of the Lodi Garden, covers the below mentioned monuments:

  • Athpula – The Bridge
  • Bara Gumbad
  • Sheesh Gumbad
  • Tomb Of Muhammad Shah
  • Tomb of Sikander Lodi

Athpula - The Bridge

Athpula – The Bridge

Bara Gumbad

Bara Gumbad

Sheesh Gumbad

Sheesh Gumbad

Tomb Of Muhammad Shah

Tomb Of Muhammad Shah

Tomb of Sikander Lodi

Tomb of Sikander Lodi

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