Location: Lodi Road, Near Safdarjung Airport (New Delhi)
Entombs: Safdarjung, the prime minister of Muhammad Shah
Founded By: Nawab Shuja-ud-Daulah
Founded In: 1753-54
Area: 300 sq m
Safdarjung Tomb is one of the most magnificent tombs of India, situated
in the capital city of Delhi. The mausoleum serves as the last resting
place of Safdarjung, the governor of Awadh and later the Prime Minister
of Mughal Emperor Muhammad Shah. It was built under the aegis of Nawab
Shuja-ud-Daulah, Safdarjung's son. Safdarjang Tomb dates back to the
year 1753 and lies at the Lodi Road of New Delhi, near the Safdarjung
Surrounded by blooming gardens, the entire complex of Safdarjung tomb
covers an area of approximately 300 sq km. The garden of the tomb has
been designed as per the Charbagh style of the Mughal gardens. It is
also said that tomb of Safdar Jung is built almost on the same pattern
as the Humayun's tomb. The mausoleum represents that time when the
Mughal style of architecture was almost on the road to its downfall.
Safdarjung tomb has been constructed out of red sandstone and buff
stone. Along with Safdarjung, the tomb also houses the remains of his
wife. There are eight rooms surrounding the central chamber of the
mausoleum, which is square in its shape. All the apartments in the
Safdarjang Tomb, with the exception of the corner ones, are rectangular
in shape. The corner ones have been built in the shape of an octagon.
Supporting the dome of the mausoleum is a sixteen-sided base.
Exceptionally splendid pavilions are situated on the either side of the
Safdarjung tomb. They are known as 'Moti Mahal' (Pearl Palace), 'Jangli
Mahal' (Sylvan Palace) and 'Badshah Pasand' (Emperor's Favorite). The
tomb of Safdar Jung has been criticized numerous times for its weakness
in proportions, which has led to a lack of balance in its make-up.