About Lodi Garden
Established in the 15th-16th century by the Sayyids and Lodis, the vast grounds of Lodi Garden are famous among the joggers of the Delhi city of India. Carefully kept gardens and the medieval monuments lend a charm to these gardens. In 1968, J.A Stein and Garrett Eckbo re-landscaped these gardens giving them their present beautified form. The several tombs situated in the garden belong to the Lodi and Sayyid Era and include Muhammad Shah’s Tomb and Sikander Lodi’s tomb. Muhammad Shah (1434 – 44) was the third ruler of Sayyid dynasty.
In the middle of the gardens is the Bara Gumbad and Sheesh Gumbad. The Bara Gambad (Big Dome) consists of a large rubble-construct dome, a three domed masjid (mosque) and a residence surrounding a central courtyard, where the remains of a water tank can be seen. Opposite the Bara Gambad is the Sheesh Gambad, which contains the remains of some unknown family. Today Lodhi Garden is a favourite haunt of joggers, fitness enthusiasts and morning walkers. The garden is equally popular among young couples and old age people.
The tomb of Muhammad Shah is made in distinct octangular form with a verandah and three arched openings. It is located in the south-west part of the garden. There are a total of eight graves inside it, the largest being of Muhammad Shah. It is noted particularly for the perfect symmetry, the crowning lotus and dome decorations. During the British times the garden went under the moniker of Lady Willingdon Park, all that stopped with the Independence when they reverted back to being good old Lodi garden. In 1968, the gardens were spruced and relandscaped by JA Stein and Garrett Eckbo. There are several tombs in this area. You can climb to the top of some of them.
However the steps are very steep and dark so it’s strictly not recommended.Another interesting construction here is the ‘Athpula’ Bridge. It was built by Nawab Bahadur in the 16th century, during Akbar’s reign. This is bridge is called Athpula (eight bridge), as it rests on eight piers, forming seven arches. Besides these tombs, one can also visit the National Bonsai Park developed here, which has a delightful collection of miniature versions of several trees and plants. They look beautiful at sunset under soft light.
Originally known as the Lady Willingdon Park, it was renamed Lodi Garden after Indian Independence in 1947. Lodhi Garden is a fine picnic spot. You can travel to Lodhi Garden for a leisurely stroll or just to bask in the winter sun. The garden offers peaceful and tranquil environs away from the hustle bustle of the city life.
The Major Attractions Inside Lodhi Garden
- Muhammad Shah’s Tomb
- Bara Gumbad
- Sheesh Gumbad
- Sikandar Lodi’s Tomb
- National Bonsai Park
A visit to Lodhi Garden can give you the feel of 15th century. The garden contains the following: Mohammed Shah’s Tomb, built in 1444 by Ala-ud-din Alam Shah (the last Sayyid dynasty ruler). Sikander Lodhi’s Tomb, built in 1517 by son Ibrahim Lodhi. Sheesh Gumbad, Bara Gumbad, Architectural works of Sayyid and Lodhis, Pathan dynasty ruins which ruled much of the Northern India during sixteenth century.
Events and Festivals
There are many mejor events are held in Lodi Garden Delhi.And also many festivals and nature releated events are celebrated in Lodi Garden Delhi.
Tourist Places Near Lodi Garden
There are many tourist spot are very closed from Lodi Garden Delhi such as India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Ugrasen-ki-Baoli, Moth-ki-Masjid, Lotus Temple, Nizamuddin’s Shrine and Chirag Dehlvi’s Dargah.
Best Places to Eat
There are many restaurants and hotels for eat like Eatopia at India Habitat Centre, India International Centre for members only, Barista and other restaurants at Khan Market. There are many good eating joints are there in Ansal Plaza shopping mall on Khel Gaon Marg as well as in South Extension Part I & II modern markets. Since the gardens are near to Connaught Place, one can also many options to choose from the popular restaurants of CP.The number of snacks food stalls are standing near the road side at Lodi Garden Delhi.
Lodi Garden Delhi is the very near from Connaught place of delhi, which is the very famous area of delhi for shopping.Nearby Shopping Venues consist of places like Connaught Place for junk jewelry, pirated books and western clothes, Baba Kharak Singh Marg for the various state emporiums selling handcrafted regional goods, Central Cottage Industries for traditional merchandise and curios and Palika Bazaar for cheap Chinese electronic items.And also some beautiful markets like Ansal Plaza, one of the best malls of Delhi on Khel Gaon Marg, South Extension Part I & II modern markets, Khan Market, Janpath and Connaught Place.
General Fact about Lodi Garden
- Also Known As:Lodhi Bagh
- Location:On the main Lodi Road, about a kilometer east of Safdarjang’s tomb
- Major Attraction : Beautifully landscaped lawns, Birds, Muhammad Shah’s Tomb, Bara Gumbad, Sheesh Gumbad, Sikandar Lodi’s Tomb and Athpula
- Must Visit : Muhammad Shah’s Tomb, Bara Gumbad, Sheesh Gumbad, Sikandar Lodi’s Tomb and Athpula
- Time to Visit: Open on all days
- Preferred Timings:Sunrise – to late evening. Avoid public holidays when the park is full of picnickers
- Day Closed:Open on all days
- Admission Fee: Free and open to all
- Photography Charges:nil
- Nearest Railway Station:New Delhi Railway Station
- Nearest Metro Station:Central Secretariat
- Nearest International Airport:Indira Gandhi International Airport
- Time required for sightseeing:From 1 hour to a whole day
- Famous As : Lodhi Garden
- Best Time to Visit:February and March
- Previously Known As:Lady Willington Park