Safdarjung Tomb | Charbagh, Abdur Rahim Khan-i-Khanan, Char Bagh garden in Tomb of Safdarjung, timings-entry fee-location-photos of Safdarjang TombSafdarjung tomb is a mughal monument which was built by Nawab Shujau’d- Daulah. It is one of those beautiful historical monuments built by the mughals. Safdarjang tomb is located near Centre of Delhi. The building has beautiful scenery. It also has Char Bagh like that in Humayun’s tomb. But it’s not as large as that. People from different states of India and other countries visit this place. Students, group of friends and families visit this place for fun. This is also a good place for photography. There is no restriction of photography. For a very small fee, you can enjoy this place.
History of Safdarjung Tomb
Safdarjung’s tomb was built in 1753-54. Nawab Shuja Ud-Daulah built tomb of Safdarjung to give tribute to his father “Mirza Muqim Abul Mansur Khan” entitled “Safdarjang”. Mirza Muqim Abul Mansur Khan was the governor of Awadh province under the reign of Muhammad Shah from 1719 to 1748 and then prime minister later.
Entry to the monument is through an ornamental painted gateway which is on the eastern side. This double storied gateway has some apartments, a mosque and a courtyard. The enclosure walls with channels on them to carry water to different pavilions has a series of recessed arches on the interior and octagonal towers on the four corners. It has multi chambered pavilions namely Moti Mahal, Badshah-Pasand and Jangli Mahal on the northern, southern and western sides respectively.
The garden is divided into four squares by side pathways and tanks which are again divided into smaller squares and pathways which is termed as “Char Bagh”.
The double storeyed mausoleum which measures 18.29m sq. is built with red and buff sandstones relieved by marble stands in the centre of a garden and rises from a high platform. The platform has a number of cells above it. The central chamber in the structure is surrounded by 8 apartments. The corners of the tomb are occupied by polygonal towers and the cylindrical dome rises from 16 sided drum.
Tomb of Safdarjung
The tomb is a double story structure. It is placed over a high raised platform and covers an area of 18.28 sq. metres. The base has series of rectangular cells with octagonal chambers at each corner which face a veranda. Two graves are positioned at central area of the platform, probably of Safdarjang and his wife. Central chamber of the mausoleum is made in the form of square. Rectangular chambers surround the central space and octagonal chamber is positioned at each corner. Same layout is followed for second floor. Corners of the tomb are designed in form of minaret, spanned with a chhatri at the top level. Central chamber of the tomb is capped by a domical roof. There are door openings at each side of the tomb. They are enhanced with decorated wall in relief openings designed by the following drop arch and multifoil arch form. Red & buff coloured sand stones are used for construction of the tomb. Marble is used for flooring, indome and inlay work.
There is charbagh inside which is not as big as the Humayun’s tomb but is rich in greenery. The tomb is positioned as central focus of a Mughal style Garden (In “Charbagh”= char means four and bagh means garden). They are designed as a quadrilateral garden divided into four smaller parts by gallery and water channels which is laid out within the walled enclosure. This style of garden is influenced by Persian style layout of garden.
In this Charbagh garden, three sides of the water channels are linked with water avalanche located at the platform of the pavilions. There is entrance gateway on the fourth side. Water channels with fountains are placed on the centre and segregate each segment of the garden. There are varieties of trees planted in every segment.
Must Know Facts
The marble and red sandstone used in this structure was removed from the Tomb of Abdur Rahim Khan-i-Khanan. This has been described as the last gleam in the dying lamp of Mughal Architecture of Delhi.
Safdarjung tomb timings
Safdarjung is opened with the Sunrise till the Sunset
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safdarjung tomb location
Safdarjung tomb is located near Safdarjung Airport and the Jor bagh metro station.
How to reach Safdarjang Tomb
Safdarjang tomb is easily accessible. It has good connectivity of roads and metro. There is also Safdarjung railway station nearby. There is a special bus service of sightseeing which is also a good option to reach at this place.
Safdarjung Tomb nearest metro station
The nearest metro stations to tomb of Safdarjung are Jor bagh Metro station and Race course Metro station. These two metro stations lie on the yellow line (Samaypur Badli to Huda City Centre, Gurgaon) of Metro. If you are on the blue line of Metro (Dwarka to Noida), change to yellow line from Rajiv Chowk. From metro station, the tomb is on the little walking distance.