Safdarjung Tomb Delhi: Timings, Tickets, & Metro Station Information

Safdarjung Tomb

The city of Delhi is probably the most happening city of India. One can even say that it breathes of multiculturalism, and the localities of Delhi know how to live peacefully asking men of a different culture, while also having utmost fun with it.

The architecture and the heritage of the city speak volume about itself. It is one of the few cities of India where one will find a local who can be the native of any part of India, be it from the south, north-east of the western parts of India.

Such is the diversity and culture of this city. Delhi, which is situated in the ‘heart’ of India can surely be called the literal heart of the nation just because of its take on the Indian culture and the unity in diversity of the nation. In this city, one finds the beautiful and the ever so holy Safdarjung Tomb.

Safdarjung Tomb Overview

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Image 1: Safdarjung Tomb view with garden.

The Safdarjung Tomb New Delhi is the last built Mughal structure in the country, which was built for one of the later Mughal Prime Ministers Nawab Safdarjung.

The time speaks by itself about its later Mughal period architecture and can be seen having a dominating shadow over anyone and everyone who visits the place. The tomb is the last one to be built in the garden enclosed tradition of Humayun’s tomb.

But it is in no way as large and magnanimous as it. The tomb, along with the main structure also has some other smaller pavilions attached to it, giving it a palace-like look. These pavilions also have their own names, which one might find rather peculiar.

This heritage location also has a madrasa (Islamic school), which today is a library and is maintained by the Archeological Survey of India.

The tomb in itself is an extremely beautiful structure which is sometimes called as ‘the last lamp of Mughal architecture in Delhi’ by many historians and architecture experts. One can only understand its glorious and extravagant beauty only after paying a visit to this structure. Let us have a detailed look at the Safdarjung tomb.

Safdarjung Tomb History

Safdarjung Tomb History
Image 2: Safdarjung Tomb front view

The tomb has quite a history behind itself. Many think that Safdarjung tomb Delhi Sultanate is a thing, but when you look at who built Safdarjung tomb, you will come to see that it was built during the Mughal era, not in the era of the Delhi Sultanate.

The tomb was built in the memory of Mirza Muqim Abul Mansur Khan in the year 1754, who was also popularly known as Safdarjung. Safdarjung was an independent ruler of Awadh who had a very big empire. He ruled Awadh under the Viceroyalty of the Mughals.

At one point in history, it is said that he was the richest man in India. The Nawab moved to Delhi after the death of the Mughal Emperor Muhammad Shah. When Ahmad Shah Bahadur ascended the Mughal throne in 1748, Safdarjung was made the Prime Minister or locally called ‘Vizier’ of the Mughal kingdom.

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His official title went as ‘Wazir ul-Mamalik-i-Hindustan’. Even though the Mughal dynasty was at its decline when Nawab Safdarjung became the Prime Minister of India (or the Mughal kingdom) it still impacted a lot of people, especially the people of North India, where the Mughals were still rulers.

It is said that Safdarjung had an extremely big influence in the Mughal court. So much so, that in many historical accounts, the Mughal king is considered all but a ‘puppet’ king of the Vizier. It was Safdarjung who was thought to have snatched away almost all the political and kingly power at that time.

The figurehead king was far away from kindly matters, dividing most of his time between wine, opium and the carnal pleasures of women.

With time, the control of the Vizier tightened over the Mughal King Ahmad Shah Bahadur, it reached certain levels of cruelty where it started affecting the Mughal family.

Safdarjung was later dismissed by the Mughal Emperor from his duties and the king had to ask for the help of the Marathas, who had to fight off the Vizier from Delhi.

Nawab Mirza Muqim then again ran off to his kingdom of Awadh in the latter part of the year 1753. A year later, in 1754, Nawab Safdarjung died at the age of 46 in Sultanpur.

After his death, it was his son Nawab Shuja-ud Daula who took his pleads to the ear of the Mughal Emperor so that he can have the permission to build a tomb for his father in Delhi. The Emperor finally heeded to the repeated pleas and granted permission to build the tomb as Nawab Safdarjung’s final resting place.

His son then got the tomb constructed, which if believed is designed by an unnamed Abyssinian architect. So, even though the tomb has Mughal architecture, the Safdarjung tomb was built by his son Shuja-ud Daula and not by the Mughal King, which many people don’t know about. The history of the tomb is certainly an interesting one, with a lot many twists and turns involved in it.

Safdarjung Tomb Architecture

Safdarjung Tomb Architecture
Image 3 – Safdarjung Tomb Architecture Overview

The Safdarjung tomb architecture consists of Mughal style construction, which can be seen in the material used to build it, which is red sandstone. Also, the small detailed work which ornaments it. If sources are to be believed, it was designed by an unnamed Abyssinian architect.

The tomb is considered to be the last monumental tomb garden of the Mughals which was built on the line of Mughal Emperor Humayun’s tomb. The slabs used in the construction of this architectural marvel are from the tomb of Abdul Rahim Khan-I-Khana, who was one of the favorite courtiers of Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great.

There are four key features to this tomb-the first one is the ‘Char Bagh plan‘ which has the mausoleum of Nawab Safdarjung in the center, the second one is a nine-fold floor plan, the third being a facade divided into five different parts and the fourth and final one being a large podium which also has a hidden stairway.

The walls of the main dome are built quite high. It has a height of about 92 meters. When you enter the tomb, you come across the double-storeyed main gate and its facade, which has beautifully ornamented designs on its plastered surfaces and it is painted in ornate purple color.

From there, you enter the main tomb, which has some beautiful Mughal era architecture with a hint of the later Mughal period construction, breathtakingly beautiful. It seems quite a befitting resting place for someone of the stature of Safdarjung, who had an enormous control and influence over the Mughal Empire in his best days.

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Image 4: Safdarjung Tomb walls

There is a visible quote in Arabic which translates to “When the hero of plain bravery departs from the transitory, may he become a resident of god’s paradise”.

After you enter through the gateway and look at the backside of the entrance, you will see many rooms and a library. Towards the right, there is a mosque having a structure of three domes which is marked with stripes.

The Safdarjung Tomb Delhi is built in the style of Taj Mahal. But when you try to find more about Safdarjung tomb history and its architectural connection with the Taj Mahal, you will see that though their facade is similar, the tomb’s facade lacks symmetry which makes the tomb look unbalanced. But one can say that the minarets at four different corners being the part of the main tomb are different from Taj, where the minarets are away from the tomb and not a part of it.

Architectural experts are both in awe of the mausoleum while also being critical of it. Many architects criticize the construction of the mausoleum due to the asymmetrical and hasty construction. Some also criticize it for the poor quality of materials which had been used to build it.

The critics are even critical of the color of the walls which arose due to the low-quality construction materials used. Many say that this poor quality of sandstone and other construction material happened due to the Mughal Empire being at their decline at the time of the tomb’s construction, because of which we see asymmetrical patterns and lower quality of construction materials. Nevertheless, it is still a place worth a visit, mainly due to its architectural beauty.

Things to See in Safdarjung Tomb

Main Safdarjung Tomb

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Image 5: Safdarjung Tomb whole view

The main tomb of the mausoleum is where one would find the final resting place of the Nawab for whom the tomb was built. It is the place because of which the whole structure had to be constructed. The mausoleum is made of red sandstone and buff, just like many other Mughal monuments.

Seeing it whilst entering through the main entrance gives quite a view of it. The square-shaped central chamber consists of eight partitions with an empty tomb right in the middle. The tomb’s interior is plastered around by the magnanimous rococo plaster combined with other decorations and ornaments.

Safdarjung majar
Image 6: Safdarjung Majar view

Around the main tomb, one would find four other polygon shaped towers at the corners. Each tower has its own kiosk. Each tower also boasts of faded marble panels and beautiful arches.

The tomb also has an underground chamber where one will find the mortal remains of Nawab Safdarjung and his wife, resting peacefully in their final place of being.

It is truly a place of tranquil and serenity, which is both due to the construction style of the place and also due to the fact that it is in fact, a tomb where Nawab Safdarjung and his wife are resting peacefully in their graves.

Moti Mahal

Moti Mahal
Image 7: Moti Mahal view

Moti Mahal is one of the pavilions which are constructed within the tomb. The Moti Mahal is the pavilion which has been laid out in the northern part of the tomb. It is built in the center of the northern enclosure wall.

It is an arcaded multi-chambered spacious pavilion which has been built on a raised platform. This type of construction is a stark representation of the architecture from the period of the later Mughals. It is also identical to the pa millions built in the southern and western sides.

Moti Mahal
Image 8: Moti Mahal information

The arcaded pavilion, ‘Moti Mahal‘ has storage tanks on either corner of its roof and is connected to a covered channel which runs through the northern enclosure of the wall of this pavilion. The northern part of the fountain is made operational with the help of the tanks connected to the water channel on this pavilion.

Jangli Mahal

Jangli Mahal
Image 9: Jangli Mahal view

The Jangli Mahal is another one of those pavilions who were constructed in the tomb. This pavilion has been laid out in the western direction of the tomb. It draws architectural similarities with the other two pavilions, one of them being the Moti Mahal.

The Jangli Mahal is a multi-chambered and is arcaded, just like the other two pavilions. All three arcaded pavilions had provisions for the storage of water.

Jangli Mahal info
Image 10: Jangli Mahal information

The water, which when released went through the tanks above the roof and cascades under the platforms used to make the fountains in the water channels of the garden operational.

There are overhead tanks placed on either corner of the pavilion’s roof. As expected, it is clearly connected with the water channels of the garden, making the fountain from the western direction operational. The tank has its connection enclosed through the western wall of the pavilion.

Badshah Pasand

Badshah Pasand
Image 11: Badshah Pasand view

This pavilion was constructed at the southernmost end of the tomb. This south-facing and arcaded pavilion have been erected on a very high podium which is perched on the southern enclosure wall and is embellished with the beautifully carved ceiling, all in red sandstone.

One can see beautiful geometric and floral patterns revealing themselves to the human eye. This specific pavilion is found with a storage tank on its eastern side. Unlike the other pavilions, its water channel is not enclosed but uncovered.

Badshah Pasand
Image 12: Badshah Pasand info

The tank is connected with the uncovered water channel which flows through the southern enclosure wall. It makes the southern part of the fountain in the garden operational.

All the three pavilions had the Nawab’s family reside in them at a certain point in time.

Water Channel

Water Channel
Image 13: Water Channel

The water channel of the Safdarjung tomb is a well-connected system of the waterway which makes the fountains of the garden operational. There are four fountains on each of the four sides, all of them being currently not under operation.

The craftily constructed fountains and water channels take their water supply from the overhead tanks attached on to the roofs of each of the pavilions which are present in the southern, northern and western corners of the tomb.

The water channels, along with the garden form the beautiful outside part of the tomb, which looks beautiful with the fountains at work. Almost all old architecture had room for rainwater harvesting, and this place also follows suit in that regard. The overhead water tanks recycle hai rainwater and use that for the water channels.

Char Bagh

Char Bagh
Image 13: Char Bagh ( garden view inside Safdarjung tomb

The Char Bagh is the beautiful, lush green garden located just outside the main tomb. It is what everyone generally calls the Safdarjung Tomb garden. Together with the water channel, it gives the tomb an extremely royal and magnanimous look.

This large square garden surrounds the tomb and is itself surrounded by walls which are around 920 meters in height. The garden has been laid out in the form of four squares which has wide footpaths and water tanks, which are again divided into smaller squares.

This garden is called Char Bagh because it is built in the ‘Char Bagh‘ garden style which had been adopted by the Mughals. Also, this garden is but a smaller copy of the garden which is located at Humayun’s tomb. From the garden, all the different things at the Safdarjung tomb are visible.

One channel from the garden leads to the main entrance gate. The other one leads to the three pavilions, which now have the offices of Archeological Survey of India (ASI) in them. One can also see the main podium over which the whole mausoleum is built. It is 50 meters in height.

All the pavilions, octagon pillars and chhatris, different entrances, the courtyard and the mosque from a specific part of the garden, and are visible from the green fields itself. The garden makes Safdarjung Tomb for couples a great place to hang out.

Publication Counter

Publication Counter
Image 14: Publication Counter at Safdarjung tomb

The publication counter at the Safdarjung tomb is located at the main gate of the tomb where one can also find the library which is under the maintenance of the Archaeological Survey of India.

At the publication counter, one can find all sorts of literature related to the tomb and the people involved in the history of its construction.

One who has a deep interest in history and architecture would love to spend a good deal of time at this counter, as there is a lot of things which they can learn about this tomb, the Mughal Empire, Later Mughal architecture and most importantly, Nawab Safdarjung and the Mughal Emperor at that time. All of this literature is extremely valuable and is not easily available everywhere.

How to Reach Safdarjung Tomb

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Image 15: Safdarjung Tomb view with trees

It is important to know stuff like Safdarjung Tomb nearest metro station, Safdarjung Tomb ticket and other important Safdarjung tomb information before visiting the place so that you do not become prey to unnecessary confusion which spoils your trip.

  • Safdarjung Tomb Address

The address of Safdarjung tomb is Safdarjung Tomb, Airforce Golf Course, Delhi Race Club, New Delhi, Delhi 110021. It is located at the intersection of Safdarjung Road and Aurobindo Marg.

  • Nearest Metro Station to Safdarjung Tomb

The nearest metro station to the Safdarjung tomb is the Jor Bagh metro station from where it takes only about 3 minutes to reach the tomb. One can reach the metro station via the yellow line metro.

  • Reaching Safdarjung Tomb by Road

The Safdarjung tomb location is quite a prime one. If you are traveling there by bus, you should buy the ticket either to the Jor Bagh bus stop or the Safdarjung Madarsa bus stop. One can even visit this location by air if they choose to land at the Safdarjung Airport, which is the nearest airport to the tomb.

  • Safdarjung Tomb Tickets

The Safdarjung tomb tickets cost about Rs. 15 for Indians and Rs. 200 for foreigners. The Safdarjung tomb parking facilities are also available and fee-only Rs. 20/ The Safdarjung tomb photography ticket costs Rs. 25 for a video camera. For a still camera, there is no ticket, meaning that it is free to take a still camera with you.

  • Safdarjung Tomb Timings

Initially, the Safdarjung Tomb Timings were from 7 am in the morning to 6 pm in the evening, on all days of the week.

But now, since the July of 2019, the Union government had illuminated special LED light frames on the arches, pavilions, chhatris and on the tomb, which will be open for the public to view from 7 P.M. to 11 P.M.

on all days of the week. It is a special initiative done on many other tourist heritage monuments of Delhi also so that the tourism industry gets a boost.

Conclusion

In the end, one can conclude about the Safdarjung tomb that it is a place of great heritage and magnanimous architecture, which while adorns the city of Delhi, also highlights the decline of the Mughal dynasty.

Today, it is a very well-recognized tourist location, for extremely good reason and manages to attract a lot of tourists, both locals, and non-locals to itself.

Its extremely interesting yet complex history, combined with the intricately detailed architecture, the lush green fields and the serenity it has in store for a visitor, it surely is a must-visit location for everyone.

It is a perfect family spot where you can enjoy even as a couple. Children who visit here can also learn a lot about the history of Delhi. In short, do not waste your time looking for other historical monuments, as none compares to the grandeur of the Safdarjung Tomb, Delhi.

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Chirag Delhi Dragah: An Overview Travel Guide

Chirag Delhi

In the vast continent of South-East Asia, India stands as an example to the whole world. We are the largest democracy in the world, with a population of over 120 crores.

The thing which also adds glitter to our reputation is us being a democratically elected country where the practice of secularism has been safeguarded since times immemorial.

Every culture and religion is welcomed in India, and people of different cultures have lived here harmoniously for many years. Delhi, the capital of India is a stark example of this.

The city, which has seen many dynasties come and fall apart stands as an example of cultural harmony. It has many religious monuments, temples, and mosques which co-exist peacefully with each other.

People of different religions are tolerant towards each other and respect each other’s religion. India, the land of the Indus, Himalayas, and knowledge stands as an example to every Asian country on religious harmony and cultural preservation.

The Chirag Delhi Mosque, Delhi is one such example of how a mosque has prospered and has become quite a famous tourist destination in the environment of communal harmony between different religions. Let us take a detailed look at the mosque-

Chirag Delhi Mosque Overview

Chirag Delhi Mosque

The ‘Chirag-e-Delhi’ mosque is located in the Chirag is located in the Village of Chirag, Delhi. The place is accessible from the road via the Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg. The mosque is actually a mausoleum (a burial tomb) of the world-famous Sufi Saint Hazrat Nasiruddin Mahmud Chiragh Dehlavi.

He was actually the one who famously got the name Chirag-e-Delhi. After his death, this mausoleum was built by the Sultan of Delhi at that time, Firoz Shah Tughluq in the year 1358. Later with the advent of time, the mausoleum got newer constructions built-in itself, such as two new gates, a mosque in the later 18th century along with others.

This Tughluq era architectural shrine was famous among both Muslims and non-Muslims even at that time. However, one can see that Qawwalis are not performed at the ‘dargah’ of this Sufi saint due to it being considered ‘unislamic’ by some.

The dargah in itself is an extremely beautiful work of architecture. It holds a very holy and pious feel to it, because of which you will want to come here again and again. That is the beauty of India, a monument of a different religion attracts people from every religion, which is not seen anywhere in the world.

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Hazrat Nasiruddin Chirag- Biography

Hazrat Nasiruddin Chirag

Hazrat Nasiruddin Chirag Dehlavi, also known as Nasiruddin Mahmud Chirag was a Sufi saint of the order of Chisti. He is considered the last of the important Sufi saints in Delhi who were from the Chisti order. This famous Sufi saint is known as Chirag-e-Delhi.

  • Family and Birth

Before becoming a Sufi saint, Hazrat Nasiruddin Chirag held the name Syed Nasiruddin Mahmud Al-Hassani. He was born around the year 1274 in Ayodhya, which is in modern-day Uttar Pradesh. Syed Nasiruddin’s father, whose name was Syed Mahmud Yahya AlHassani was a trader, most importantly trading in Pashmina shawls and other Pashmina related clothes.

The grandfather of Hazrat Nasiruddin was incidentally an immigrant, who had first migrated from Khorasan(north-eastern Iran) to Lahore and afterward to Ayodhya, where he had settled permanently after some time. Hazrat Nasiruddin’s father took his last breath when he was only 9 years old, which was a big shock to him.

Not much can be found about Hazrat Nasiruddin’s mother, or if he had any brothers and sisters. This seems to be all the information which is available on his the family of Hazrat Nasiruddin.

  • Education

It was the mother of Hazrat Nasiruddin who helped him in getting good Islamic education after the death of his father. He was devout towards his religion since his childhood. However, there’s a little conflict about his early days of education.

According to some sources, he had reportedly studied ‘Bazoodi’ from Qazi Mohiuddin Kashani. But some sources contradict this and say that he studied ‘Bazoodi’ and ‘Hadaya’ from Maulana Abdul Karim Sherwani.

After the demise of Abdul Karim Sherwani, Hazrat Nasiruddin found himself being sent to Maulana Iftikharuddin of Gilan, who is said to be extremely aware of many different branches of Islam. From his teachers, he acquired unprecedented knowledge about different aspects of Islam and general life.

Hazrat Nasiruddin Chirag renounced this world of materialism at the very young age of 25. At that age, he began his strivings (mujahids) against the Nafs. From that time, it is said that for about 8 long years, he could be seen dwelling in the forests and mountains of Awadh, where he would fast a lot. Often he would break his fast from surrounding herbs and other leaves. This was also a part of his education which bought him close to nature and helped him in learning many survival skills.

  • Khilafat

Hazrat Nasiruddin had come to Delhi aged 43, where he joined the circle of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya and became his ‘mureed’. During the end of Nizamuddin Auliya’s life, he observed that his mureed, Nasiruddin had accomplished all tasks which one requires in order to become a dervish, he immediately appointed him as a ‘Khalifa’(divine successor) which was considered to be in line with the will of the divine.

After his appointment, Hazrat Nasiruddin was given Tabarrukaat (sacred relics), which were of the Chishti Order.
Even though Amir Khusro, an extremely brilliant and devout mureed of Nizamuddin Auliya seemed to have all the qualifications, it was Nasiruddin who was made the Khalifa, because according to Nizamuddin Auliya, it was Allah’s will.

Hazrat Nasiruddin did well to maintain the ‘silsila’ traditions and after the death of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, he did well in spreading the teachings of his mission throughout India. He became extremely popular at that time, with the word about his spiritual teachings reaching as far as Persia, Arabia, and even Egypt.

But in his early days of Khilafat, he had to endure extreme difficulties. At times, he had to fast for days at a stretch, and when he was given even one roti with sabzi, he used to treasure that little meal.

Fasting was to be done every day by him. He wouldn’t accept any food rations from his relatives. He even disguised himself as a ‘Peer Baba’ so that his poverty can be concealed from the world. But in some time, his situation improved.

He used to order the preparations of very delicious food for his mureeds and guests. He liked serving them by himself, while he used to give them small and short lessons on Islam.

  • Title of Chiragh

Hazrat Nasiruddin Dehlavi, who is famous as Chirag-e-Delhi has many different stories attached to how he got the title of ‘Chiragh’ or lamp.

One story goes as follows- While he was building a water reservoir for his pir, the Sultan at that time, Sultan Ghiyasuddin ordered that all the oil supplies to him be stopped so that no work could be done during the night time.

At that time, Hazrat Nasiruddin performed a miracle and asked that water be put in the lamps in place of oil. The water in the lamps then suddenly transformed into oil, which let the workers work at night. The water reservoir was then built on time.

There’s another story which is attached to the origin of his name talks about how he once went to a ‘mehfil’ (gathering) of one of his murshids and some other Sufis where he did not like the place at which he was asked to sit.

That was because his back would then have to face some other dignitaries who were also present there. At this, his mentor Nizamuddin Auliya said that “A Chirag has no back.” This is considered a more authentic story about how he got the title of ‘Chiragh’.

  • Death

Khwaja Nasiruddin Chiragh took his last breath in the year 1357 AD or 17 Ramzan 757 Hijri. He was about 82 or 83 years old at the time of his death. He was a man of wisdom, which made him realize that his silsila’s fragmentation was inevitable.

Due to this, he did not appoint any ‘Khalifa-e-Azam’, or a foremost successor. He concluded that if the weight of the silsila was to fall on the shoulders of any one of the mureeds, they would not be able to carry it on their shoulders. He also thought that one reason for it was the destruction of Delhi at the hands of Muhammad Tughlaq.

This decision of his prompted him to ask his mureeds to bury the tabarrukat (sacred relics) of the silsila with him. It was Hazrat Nizamuddin’s very close aide, mureed and Khalifa Hazrat Khwaja Bande Nawaz Gaisu Daraz who had performed the task of ‘ghusal’(cleaning and bathing the dead body). The strings of the ‘charpai'(a traditional bed made of strings) of Hazrat Nasiruddin were cut off by him and later used as a relic.

In 1358, the Sultan of Delhi, Firoz Shah Tughlaq built this great Sufi saint’s mausoleum which later witnessed the addition of two more gates.

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Things to See in Chirag Delhi Dargah

  • Dargah

Chirag Delhi Dargah

As talked about before, the dargah or the mausoleum was built in the year 1358 by the then Sultan of Delhi, Firoz Shah Tughlaq. At one point of time, the Dargah was a full-fledged fort, with green gardens and even water bodies in itself.

But today, if one goes there, you will find that the place is today a rather cramped urban jungle, with the mausoleum somewhat lost between all the development and concrete. But one finds that even today, the dargah has not lost its sanctity. Also, for most visitors, the concrete maze adds an exciting twist which they seem to enjoy.

In the modern village of Chirag, which has developed around the village, one sees that finding the mausoleum is a rather tedious task. The village has a father mixed population of Hindus and Muslims, which represents the culture of India.

Both the communities regularly socialize in different local festivals. Many local Hindus say that when their family members get ill, they take them to Chirag Delhi Dargah. They say that it helps heal them miraculously, which is quite a thing.

Even though the dargah is in ruins, with the plaster falling off and the paint fading from many places, there are still many people who visit the dargah, only because of its sheer holiness. The popularity of the dargah is pan-religion, and that is what makes it so great.

  • Takht

Chirag Delhi Takht

The dargah has two gateways, which were added to the mausoleum afterward. Today, there is one outer wall and four different gates which enclose the whole structure.

Out of the four gates, it is the Eastern Gateway which is called the ‘taketh Darwaza’. It is a two-storeyed door which has two piers. One could notice that those piers were meant to hold a wooden door in place.

Today, there is no such wooden door. It is one of those gates which were added to the structure at a later period. It is a popular structure of the mausoleum which attracts people to it.

  • Namaaz Hall

Chirag Delhi Namaaz Hall

The namaaz hall is also one of the several additions which were made to the dargah after its completion. The hall today is used to recite ‘namaaz’(Islamic prayers) 5 times a day.

The hall was previously known as ‘Majlis Khana’ or an ‘Assembly Hall’. It was also called the ‘Mahfil Khana’ or the ‘Symposium Hall’. This hall, along with a mosque was constructed by the Mughal King-Emperor Farrukhsiyar to honor the famous and holy Sufi saint.

  • Graves

Chirag Delhi Graves

The dargah has in itself the mausoleum of the great Sufi saint Hazrat Nasiruddin Chirag Delhi. His grave can found in the tomb of the dargah, which went through different phases of renovation throughout its history.

Today, one can see it being enclosed by a square-shaped chamber, which garments support from 12 different pillars. There are also some shaped towers at every corner which support a larger dome which can be seen sitting on an octagonal shaped drum.

This chamber has now been enclosed by perforated screens (translucent curtains) from which one can look at the resting place of Hazrat Nasiruddin Chiragh and witness the holiness within.

  • Other Sufi Dargah

Chirag Delhi Sufi Dargah

The disciples and descendants of Hazrat Nasiruddin are found quite far and wide from Delhi. Some are found to be as far as Hyderabad. In Ayodhya, one can find the Dargah of Badi Bua or Badi Bibi, who is considered to be the elder sister of Hazrat Nasiruddin Dehlavi.

There are many other such Dargahs of the Chisti order, such as the Dargah of Hazrat Moinuddin Chisti in Ajmer, Dargah of Sheikh Salim Chisti in Fatehpur Sikri and many others. But not all saints of the Chisti order are related to Hazrat Nasiruddin by blood, but only by the Chisti order.

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How to Reach Chirag Dargah, Delhi

The dargah can be visited at any time of the day when one public place could be visited. There is no such specific timing of the Dargah.

How to Reach Chirag Dargah, Delhi by Metro– The nearest metro station to the dargah is the Chirag Delhi metro station. The station can be reached by taking the Magenta metro line. One can reach the dargah by ease.

How to Reach Chirag Dargah, Delhi by Bus– The nearest bus stop to the Dargah is the Chirag Delhi, Naseer Marg bus stop. One needs to find different buses from the locality of your starting point to reach the bus stop.

Buddha Garden or Buddha Jayanti Park Delhi: An Overview Travel Guide

The city of Delhi has always brimmed with tourists and exotic tourist destinations. It is a part of the famed ‘tourist triangle of India‘ which consists of Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra.

As a tourist, you have the chance to experience each and every culture of India in this city. Delhi has had a glorious history and has served as the capital to many dynasties which are the main reason for Delhi being so rich in tourist destinations.

Places like India Gate and the Red Fort are just the tip of the iceberg. There is a lot more for a tourist to experience in this city in terms of destinations. There are many hidden gems in this city, many of whom not even the Delhites know about!

One such place of hidden beauty is the Buddha Garden. The garden, which is also known as the Buddha Jayanti Smarak Park is a park which is spread over a huge landmass and is seen brimming with a lot of vegetation mainly consisting of green trees, pastures of grass and flower beds.

There is also a serene-looking artificial pond in the garden, which only ornaments this already beautiful place. The park was created on the 2500th anniversary of the day when Lord Gautam Buddha attained ‘moksha’.

This beautiful park hosts many discourses and discussions on the life of Gautam Buddha from time to time. During the month of May every year, on the Vesak full moon day, Buddha Jayanti celebrations are held in this garden.

The garden also has a Bodhi tree, which was planted as a sapling by the then Prime Minister of India Lal Bahadur Shastri Ji in the year 1964.

The sapling was of the Bodhi tree in Sri Lanka, which was planted by Princess Sanghamitra, daughter of King Ashoka in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka as a sapling of the original Bodhi tree of Bihar, Gaya where she used to preach Buddhism under the same tree which is in existence even today.

This place holds a lot of significance for Buddhists and the dense forest cover makes it one of the most popular picnics and tourist spots in the whole of Delhi.

Buddha Park for Walking and Jogging

Buddha Park for Walking and Jogging

For people who take care of their body’s fitness, it is important for them to find a place where they can exercise daily and keep themselves in shape. In a city like Delhi, such places are hard to come by at times, but not if you live near the Buddha Garden.

The Buddha Park is a very popular place amongst people who are fitness enthusiasts and those who like to run, jog and walk. At any time of the day, you will find people who are busy in yoga and meditation in the park.

The park is full of joggers, especially on weekends. But that is not all. More than yoga enthusiasts, there are a lot many people who can be seen jogging and walking in the park, especially in the early morning and in the evening time.

If you are also looking for a good place to jog, where you can peacefully work upon your fitness amidst some natural serene beauty, the Buddha Jayanti park would be a great place for you to do all that and much more.

Many online forums rate this park as one of the best places in Delhi to go for a jog, which might add to the attractiveness of the place for many fitness freaks. You might ask also end up finding your fitness buddy in though beautiful, with whom you can exercise and meet up daily and look after your body.

Buddha Jayanti Park for Couples

Buddha Jayanti Park for Couples

It is a known fact that couples in India have a very hard time to find a public place where they can hang out together in peace. There is always one issue or the other with which innocent couples have a top deal.

Finding personal space in public locations is like a dream come true for most couples. Thankfully, there are still some places which are quite exclusive for couples, and the Buddha Garden, Delhi is still one of them.

This place is popular among the locals as a place where you can find couples hanging out. Buddha Jayanti park couples is a highly rated romantic couples spot in all of Delhi.

On weekdays, one can go to the park and see for themselves that there are a lot of young couples, both married and unmarried, hanging out. The park is a good spot as there is no one who disturbs them and couples in the park can enjoy their personal space and have a good time with each other.

If you are planning to visit the park, it will be a good idea to go there with your loved one because there will be a lot more to enjoy other than the scenic beauty of the park.

Sit around with them, take a walk, or stroll through the thick forestry with your loved one and have the time of your life. This is how you can enjoy in the park with your partner and have a good time.

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Buddha Jayanti Park for Family

Buddha Jayanti Park for Family

We have always heard the saying “Family comes first.” and it is equally important for us to spend quality time with them. One such way of spending quality time with family is, of course, picnics.

There are very few people on this planet who might not like a good picnic with their family, especially when the picnic is in-between nature and its bounties. One of the best spots for you to have a family picnic is the Buddha Jayanti Park.

The park is your run of the mill family picnic destinations with lush green fields, flower beds, trees all around and an environment which you would want to surround yourself in a picnic spot.

The green fields are the perfect place for children to play games and run around. There are also certain facilities available in the park for children.

If you are going there with old people then you needn’t worry about them as there is ample safety in the park. The ladies of your family will also have a good time there.

The artificial lake, which has an island-like platform that holds the statue of Lord Buddha is an absolute delight to watch and enjoy with the family. Even if you do not plan on a picnic, you can come to the park anyway.

It will be a very enjoyable visit for you with your family where you can just walk around the dense vegetation of the park and enjoy the peace it provides. On weekends, you will be able to see many families in the vicinity of the park.

Green and Beautiful Area

Buddha Garden

There is absolutely no soul in this humankind who does not love green pastures, dense forestry and beautiful shrubs, bushes and flower beds around them. All of these things are a gift of nature which are becoming rare day by day.

In urban areas, there is no way that one will be able to find all these things at all. But one must appreciate the beauty of this garden along with the fact that all these beautiful bounties of nature are available in this one park.

The large undulating terrain covered with freshly cut grass goes on for quite an area, giving off a natural habitat look. This kind of natural beauty cannot be found anywhere in a city, and it costs a lot of money to travel to exotic locations with such kind of natural environment. All of this can be found at the Buddha Garden.

The Buddha Garden, other than the legendary Bodhi tree also has a thick cover of vegetation in itself. There are a lot of people who come to the park just to sit around and enjoy the beauty of the area. But that is not all.

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Herbal Garden

Herbal Garden

One thing which you could not find in Buddha Garden photos on Google or on the internet are the photos of the innovative herbal garden.

The Buddha Jayanti Park Delhi has an extremely well-developed herbal garden right in the middle of the park. One can find some extremely rare varieties of herbs and shrubs in the garden. Many of those herbs are medicinal herbs which are used in making medicines.

Also, many of them have Ayurvedic qualities and have mentioned in the Vedas. If you are interested in knowing more about those medicinal herbs and shrubs, you can find a lot of information about them just by visiting the herbal garden.

The little placards which hang on the neck of each plant help many nature enthusiasts a lot in knowing more about the different varieties of plants, herbs, and shrubs.

Buddha Statue

Buddha Statue Buddha park

The Buddha Jayanti park, as talked about above is a park which has been dedicated to Gautam Buddha, the founder of the religion of Buddhism. He dedicated all his life to teach everyone about peace and how to achieve ‘self-realization’.

It is only fitting that a park which is exclusively dedicated to him also has a statue of him. Yes, you got that right. The Buddha Jayanti park has a massive statue of Gautam Buddha right in the middle of the park. The Buddha Garden statue adds an ornamental touch to the whole landscape of the park.

It is a very big attraction for people. The Buddha Garden Daula Kuana or better known as the artificial lake of Buddha Garden has a big platform in between, which looks like an island. Right there, on the middle of that island, you will see this Gold colored statue of Gautam Buddha, in his classic sitting posture, the same way he must’ve sat under the Bodhi tree to attain ‘nirvana’.

But the statue was not always there in the garden. Initially, there was no statue of Gautam Buddha. The statue, along with the platform was established in the year 1993. This was done so as to pay tributes to H.H Dalai Lama the 14th, who is currently the biggest authority on Buddhism in the whole world.

The statue not only makes the park look beautiful but also serves as a reminder to us about the great sons that the holy land of India has produced over the years, with Gautam Buddha being someone who became a teacher to people from all over the world.

It reminds us that how the son of a king left everything materialistic in search of the truth, which people rarely find in multiple lifetimes, let alone one.

Buddha Jayanti Rose Garden

Buddha Jayanti Rose Garden

The Buddha Garden has a lot of attractions. The artificial lake, the large Buddha statue and thick forest with which it covers itself with. The park also has a beautiful rose garden, which many people come to enjoy and look at.

The rose garden is in full bloom in the month of January and December, which increases the footfall of the park multifold. There are 25 different varieties of roses in the garden, which gives the garden a lot many different colors.

In full bloom, the garden looks exceedingly beautiful and colorful. One can smell the roses from miles away. Visit the garden to experience the beautiful sight of colorful roses.

How to Reach Buddha Jayanti Garden

  • Buddha Jayanti Park Address

The Buddha Garden location is located at a prime location in Delhi. The address of the park is Vandemataram Marg, Central Ridge Reserve Forest, New Delhi, Delhi 110021.

  • Buddha Garden Nearest Metro Station

Googling Buddha Garden Nearest Metro Station might confuse you a lot. So here we have put up the names of the Buddha Jayanti Park nearest metro station is Rajendra Place metro station. It is just 2 kilometers away and can be reached by the Blue Line metro. 

  • Buddha Jayanti Park Entry Fees

The Buddha Jayanti park, just like any other park charges absolutely nothing as entry fee. Be it an adult or a child, the entry is absolutely free for all.

Conclusion

In the end, the summation of the experience of the park is something which is full of serenity and tranquillity. It is full of natural wonders, beautiful creatures and peace of mind. It is as if Gautam Buddha himself blessed the park because of which one can find peace of mind inside the park.

Be it any occasion, a family picnic, a date with your lover or a relaxing jog, this park is the best place for that. Not only that, it is a storehouse of knowledge where discourses on the teachings of Gautam Buddha also take place from time to time. If you have the chance, you must not give it up and visit the park whenever you can.

National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) Delhi: Metro Station, Timings & Address

Delhi is one of the liveliest cities of India, if not of the world. It is a city which is full of heart (thus deriving the name ‘Delhi’). It has something to offer for everyone. There is something in its air which will make you fall in love with the city instantly.  

Today, while the city has many problems which a metro city might have anyway, it has succeeded in itself preserved its culture and heritage without having to compromise on economic and infrastructural development.

Not just in terms of architecture, Delhi also has the famed National Gallery of Modern Art, which has paintings and artworks from some of the most renowned artists of India and the world.

Let us have a detailed look at the National Museum of Art, New Delhi

About the National Gallery of Modern Art

National Gallery of Modern Art

The National Gallery of Modern Art Delhi, or better known as the NGMA is the topmost art gallery which has been established by the Ministry of Culture under the Government of India.

The NGMA Delhi has been running for quite a long time and boasts of the best paintings in the country. It has a collection of artwork which contains over 14100 artworks, including some by the best artists India has ever seen.

The artworks mostly include paintings, sculptures, and photographs by some of the best artists one can possibly think of. This art museum, which has so many artworks is also one of the world largest museums by area, having been spread over an area of 12000 square meters as exhibition space.

The gallery is a witness to the changing artistic values and the way art has been perceived by people over the years, with the museum having art pieces even from the field of Visual and Plastic arts.

Keeping all the trivial information and the facts aside, for now, it can easily be claimed that the National Gallery of Modern Art artworks is some of the most significant collections of modern and contemporary art in the whole country.

Calling it just a museum would not do justice to how important this place is in the context of the history of India and its cultural heritage. It is clearly much more than that, and one should not miss their chance to have a glance at the amazing insight the National Art Museum Delhi offers into our past.

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History of National Art Museum Delhi

National Art Museum Delhi

This premier art museum was established on 29th Match, 1954 at the Jaipur House in New Delhi by the government of India. The idea for such a gallery was first tabled in the year 1949.

Since then, this idea was taken seriously by the likes of Jawaharlal Nehru and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. Bureaucrats like Humayun Kabir along with the super-sensitive art community also had s big role to play in the establishment of this art gallery.

The museum was inaugurated by Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, a coveted man in India’s freedom struggle and the nation’s Vice-president at that time. The museum is situated at Jaipur House, New Delhi.

This is the former house of the Maharana of Jaipur, this deriving the name Jaipur House. Prominent German art historian Hermann Goetz became the first curator of the National Gallery of Modern Art. With time, the museum saw the addition of other services such as Art restoration services, an art reference library and a documentation center for art pieces.

Slowly and steadily, the museum started becoming more prominent over time. After Goetz, many other noted art historians served as curators in the museum. In 2009, the museum witnessed the inauguration of a new wing, which had six times space when compared to the existing gallery.

There was also a new auditorium, a preview theatre, conservation laboratory, library and academic section as well as a cafeteria and museum shop.

Collections of NGMA Art Gallery

NGMA Art Gallery

The NGMA art gallery has some of the best and the most contemporary collections of paintings, drawings, sketches and much more in the whole of India. There are over 17000 art pieces in this museum, each being of utmost importance from the point of view of art and history.

There are a lot of different sections to look at in the museum, and one must not miss the chance to visit this museum when they are in Delhi. Let us take a look at them-

  • Painting– Paintings are the main attraction of every art gallery and museum, and when someone says that there is no better art gallery for paintings than the National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi, they are not wrong. This museum has some of the best paintings of all time, including artworks from Raja Ravi Verma, Rabindranath Tagore, Rabindranath Tagore, Jamini Roy among other known artists.
  • Drawing– There are many drawings by known artists in this museum. You can also find paintings in the art gallery. Drawings are just dry paintings, meaning paintings without color.
  • Sketches– All big artists start their art by making sketches. The museum has kept true to that essence and has displayed many sketches by various big artists in their art gallery.

You will find yourself in awe of the paintings and other art pieces. Their beauty is mesmerizing and to the contrary, even if you’re not an art enthusiast, you will thoroughly enjoy yourself at the NGMA.

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NGMA Publications

Gallery of Modern Art

The publications have been a very important part of the National Gallery of Modern Art New Delhi. These publications not only glorify the works of different artists but also serve as important resource materials to scholars, art enthusiasts, and students alike.

The NGMA has a lot many different kinds of publications which you can buy for yourself. If you are looking for paintings, there are small and big reproductions for you to buy, the small ones costing Rs. 30 apiece and the big ones costing between Rs. 50 to Rs. 100 each.

Then there are catalogs and monographs, which would interest you if you are deeply into art and paintings. Similarly, portfolios are also meant for those who are really into art, especially if they are passionate about a specific artist.

Even if you are not so much interested in art, there is something for you. You can buy for your friends or yourself Picture Posting Cards, Greeting Cards or different Souvenir items. There is even an interactive CD, which you can buy and later watch at home to understand the art displayed at the museum in a much better way.

NGMA Exhibitions

National Museum

The main essence of every art gallery is its exhibitions which take place from time to time. The same goes for the National Museum of Modern Art. The museum is quite lively in terms of the exhibitions it holds.

From time to time, exhibitions of artworks of different artists are displayed in the museum. Sometimes, the NGMA exhibition is on a specific topic on which one can find different artworks on, such as an exhibition on tribalism. For an artist, it is a matter of much honor to have his artwork displayed in an exhibition in the National Museum of Modern Art.

Also, for the guests, having to look at different artworks on different topics can also be fun, even more, if the topic is of the NGMA Delhi exhibition interest to the person. Today, the museum has also started organizing virtual exhibitions, where all you need to do to look at an exhibition is to visit their official website.

Virtual Galleries

Virtual Galleries

The main purpose of the establishment of the NGMA is the promotion of art in the whole of India. For that, the museum has worked tirelessly in every way to ensure that they possess the best possible artwork of the country.

Today, one can easily conclude that they have made humongous success on that front. The National Museum of Art New Delhi is perhaps one of the most famed museums in the whole world in terms of the collection of paintings they possess.

All their artworks, amounting to over a staggering 17000 in total are a witness in their own to the way the perception of art has changed in India over the course of time.

Every artwork tells its own story, one can just click Art Museum Delhi on the internet to know what this means in the context of NGMA. The National Gallery of Modern Art is definitely a place which is full of treasures only some can appreciate.

But it is also a fact that not everyone can visit the museum to enjoy and adorn the artistic beauty of the artworks that ornament the walls and galleries of the National Museum of Modern Art, Delhi.

That has made it important for the museum to spread their art in such a way that people can even enjoy it even without having to take a look at it in person. What better way to make that happen than Virtual Art galleries!

The NGMA Delhi has made their own virtual gallery which can be found on their website. On their virtual gallery, you can find a lot of artistic stuff to look at and praise, all while sitting at your home in front of your computer or mobile phone!

The virtual gallery of NGMA has various different sections such as Photography, Modern Sculptures, Miniature Painting and some sections of legendary artists such as Jamini Roy, Rabindranath Tagore, etc.

The virtual gallery of NGMA is a paradise for all those who cannot afford to visit the museum or those who live too far off to think of planning a visit. All you need to do is go to the website of NGMA and from there, you need to browse to the virtual gallery section.

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How to Reach National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi

National Gallery of Modern Art

One can reach the museum via different means of transport, but the best and the cheapest ones would be either a bus or metro, the metro being the better option.

National Gallery of Modern Art Address

The National Gallery of Modern Art Address can be easily found out using Google. It is located in a very central location in New Delhi.

NGMA Delhi address is Shershah Road Near India Gate Jaipur House, New Delhi, Delhi 110003.

National Gallery of Modern Art Nearest Metro Station and Bus Stop-

To know the nearest metro station to the National Gallery of Modern Art, one can just always use Google, but that might not be the best idea.

The National Gallery of Modern Art Delhi nearest metro station is the Khan Market metro station, which can be reached via the Violet Line metro.

The closest bus stop will be the one at Jaipur House, which is exactly at the location of the museum, so there will be no trouble in reaching it.

National Gallery of Modern Art Timings 

 The Modern Art Museum Delhi timings are from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. every day except on Monday or other holidays. It is open during all seasons of the year at the same time.

National Gallery of Modern Art Entry Fees

The fees for foreign nationals visiting the museum is Rs. 500 per head. For Indians visiting the museum, it is a mere Rs. 20, and for Indian below the age of 18, the entry is absolutely free! The entry costs are extremely low, which means that you should not miss visiting this museum for the world.

Conclusion

At last, the final words on the museum are only of praises and praises only. The museum, whose primary objectives have been the organization, preservation, and acquisition of art since its establishment has indeed done a great job in achieving its objectives.

For an art enthusiast, this museum can be a literal temple, as it houses some of the world’s most rare artworks, which are also historically important for India.

This place is full of knowledge, and one can better understand the history and the way art has been perceived by observing the difference in the artworks over a period of time.

Considering the extremely low entry fees and the location of the museum, it is definitely a place worth your time and energy.

Tughlaqabad Fort: History, Timing, Metro Station & Couples Things to Do

Tughlaqabad Fort

The city of Delhi is one of the most happening places in India, if not the world. Being a vibrant city with people from all across India, Delhi boasts of being one of the important cities in the whole of India.

It is a city where one can enjoy the different cultures of India with its true essence. It is a fine example of how in spite of such a huge diversity, the people of India still continue to live with utmost unity.

Delhi offers one a lovely mix of vibrant cultures mixed with a fine dash of modernity, which is why you will always feel at home in Delhi.

Delhi is a city which offers everything for everyone. It is a city which is full of heart, and you will find some of the most amazing and lively people in this city.

But even as a tourist destination, the city of Delhi offers you some great places of historical importance and architectural awe.

One such place is Tughlaqabad Fort Delhi. The fort is one of the most amazing places for tourists and offers a plethora of space to explore for everyone.

It is one such places which will feed the inner history nerd inside you as well as provide you with an exotic experience, which you might not get anywhere else. Let us have a detailed look at this place.

Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq History

Tughlaqabad Fort

Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq, also known as Ghazi Malik was the founder of the Tughlaq dynasty, which ruled Delhi for almost a century. He is the one who was behind the construction of the Tughlaqabad Fort in Delhi.

Initially, the founder of the well-known Tughlaq dynasty was a member of the imperial guard of his predecessor dynasty’s king, Jalaluddin Khalji.

He was an able commander and a military general who taught many battles, being victorious in most of them.

Later, when the eldest son of Alauddin Khalji died, Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq seized the opportunity to rise to prominence and with the help of his son, the future king to be known by the name of Mohammad bin Tughlaq.

He gained the support of the various governors, asking for their support for his father’s kingship. Meanwhile, they also simultaneously took control of many of the strategic forts, paving way for an easy military campaign.

After doing all these things, the army of Khusrau Khan, the king and Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq fought. Both the battles of Saraswati and the Battle of Lahrawat, after which he killed his rivals and became the king.

As a king, he had a very short-lived reign, lasting only for 5 years, from the year

. His death has always been a matter of historical debates. But today, most historians would agree that he died after a wooden pavilion, which was to be used for his reception collapsed, killing him and his second son, Prince Mahmud Khan, thus ending his short-lived reign which consisted of wars and rebellion quelling.

Many claim that this was a conspiracy by his vizier Jauna Khan, but not much can be confirmed in that regard.

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Tughlaqabad Fort History

Tughlaqabad Fort History

The Tughlaqabad fort history is indeed an interesting one, to say the least. There’s a wee bit of rumor that Ghiyas-ud-din adviced his king at one time to build a fort at a spot, to which Mubarak Khalji, the king asked him to build it when he becomes the sultan.

The Tughlaqabad fort is built at that exact spot. The fort, whose construction was still ongoing when Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq died.

It was built for two purposes- the first being the security against invasions, primarily the Mongols and the second one being that the fort was to serve as the third capital of the Delhi Sultanate developed b by Ghiyas-ud-Din.

The fort was built on one single piece of rock and contains the tomb of Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq, the man behind the construction of this fort.

The whole area was abandoned by the year 1327, which was thought to be done because of lack of supply of water in that area.

Today, this half-built fort lies in ruins and is nothing more than a tourist spot for people who want to have an outing. Just search Tughlaqabad fort images in our social media pages, and see for yourself just how beautiful of a place this fort is.

Tughlaqabad Fort Architecture

Tughlaqabad Fort Architecture

The fort beams with medical architectural structures that are great to observe. The fort is irregularly surrounded by passive stones, which are a kind of fortification.

The 10 to 15 meters high walls of this city cum fort are sloping and filled with rubble so that any attacks can easily be repelled. This design is found a lot in the structures of the Tughlaq dynasty.

One can find circular parapets on top of these walls for extra defensive cover in case of an attack. The whole of Tughlaqabad has been divided mainly into three different parts.

The first part is a wide area which has a lot many houses which have been built along a rectangular gird right between the gates. The second part consists of the citadel which has a tower at its topmost point and is called the Bijai-Mandal.

There are also several ruins of many big halls alongside an underground passage which is quite long. The third part of the fort consists of another palace which had the royal residences in itself.

This place also has long halls running beneath itself. Today, it is impossible to access most of the city due to the ever-growing thorny vegetation. A big part of this city is now occupied by modern houses and apartments.

The mausoleum of Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq lies to the south of the Tughlaqabad fort, alongside a big artificial water reservoir.

Near the fort, just southeast of the place, one can see the Fort of Adilabad, which was built by none other than Mohammad bin Tughlaq, the son and successor of Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq.

This fort also resembles the Tughlaqabad fort in many construction intricacies. One can say that the Tughlaqabad fort architecture truly represents the architectural brilliance of that era, and if you get a chance to go there, you shouldn’t miss it.

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Tughlaqabad Fort haunted story

Tughlaqabad Fort

A major story associated with the Tughlaqabad fort is about it being haunted. The story behind this lore is quite interesting and involves the famed Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya.

The story goes as follows. While the Tughlaq king Ghiyas-ud-din was quite a liberal ruler, he was very passionate about building his fort and establishing the city of Tughlaqabad.

Such was his passion for it that he did not care when the construction of the fort hampered the construction of a Baoli (a well), which was being done by the saint himself.

This angered the saint, who in turn cursed the king and the whole fort construction. There he uttered the famous curse “Ya to Ujjar, Ya base Gujjar.” This translates into “Either vegetation will grow here, or herders will live here.”

It is said that after this, the fort was quickly abandoned and since then it was never populated, except by the Gujjar community, who are all cattle herders. But this is not the only story associated with the first Tughlaq king and the Sufi Saint Nizamuddin Auliya.

It is said that the saint laid a second curse, where he said “Hunza Delhi Durr Hat”, which means that Delhi is far away. The context here was that King Ghiyas-ud-din was returning from a successful campaign where he had conquered Bengal.

But this time he could not reach Delhi. Something else awaited him on his way, it was death itself. On his way to Delhi, Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq stopped in Uttar Pradesh at Kada where his son and future King Mohammad bin Tughlaq had planned to welcome him.

But there, it is said that the prince along with the vizier Jauna Khan hatched a conspiracy where they successfully killed the king. The pavilion in which the King was standing for his welcome suddenly collapsed, and the king, alongside his second son Mahmud Khan died due to being crushed under its weight.

It was definitely a mysterious death for a king and turned many heads at that point of time. Though there is no historical evidence of both these stories, they certainly add a lot of touch to the visit of any person who is visiting this fort.

Many people have even reported feeling the negative energy in the evening hours during their visit to the fort. But since there is no verifiable basis to these stories, everything of this sort must surely be taken with a grain of salt.

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Tughlaqabad Fort for couples

tughlaqabad fort for couples

The Tughlaqabad Fort for couples is definitely a great location. Couples in any vicinity require a place which is not much crowded, has decent people around who are not creepy and locations where great pictures can be clicked.

Believe it or not, the Tughlaqabad Fort is exactly this kind of location. Delhites who know about this place call it a hidden gem of a location and find it quite good a place to go with their loved ones.

One can quietly slip away from the hustle and bustle of the fast-moving city life to this location with their loved one without any problem. For the most, there will only be foreign tourists around the place.

The location is such that you and your partner will even enjoy the long drive you take to reach this amazing work of architectural brilliance. You can easily walk hands in hands with your partner without any caution and even click some great photos with them.

If the weather becomes even a little overcast, you and your partner are in for a massive treat. Just remember one thing, if you upload those photos on social media, everyone’s gonna know the location!

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Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq Tomb

ghiyas ud din tughlaq tomb

The tomb of Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq, the establisher of the Tughlaq dynasty, was actually a self-made tomb! It was built between the years 1320 to 1325, before his death.

This tomb is located on a so-called rocky island, where it was supposedly surrounded by an artificial reservoir and was directly connected to the Tughlaqabad fort via a causeway. The planning form of the tomb is a nearly pentagonal one. The enclosure of the mausoleum of Ghiyas-ud-din can be seen with pronounced battered fortified walls.

The tomb’s main entrance has a beautiful gateway made out of red sandstone, also having a staircase. The area covered by the mausoleum is around 8 square kilometers, having walls which slope downwards and battlements at the corners of it.

One can see a big marble dome, raised in an octagonal form overcoming the whole structure. The arched openings at this site are ornamented with the help of white marble bands and beautiful jails, which are decorative in nature.

The tomb’s architectural origins represent the Indo-Islamic architecture of that time. There are three graves inside the tomb, the middle one belonging to Ghiyas-ud-din, and the other two to his wife and one of his sons, his successor Mohammad bin Tughlaq.

One can see cells or pillared corridors against the enclosure walls of the tomb. It has bracket and lintel openings. One can find another smaller octagon-shaped tomb in the north-western bastion of someone by the name of Zafar Khan.

One can easily notice that this tomb must have been the first structure to have been raised at this site. While the construction was ongoing, Ghiyas-ud-din got the idea of having to put an enclosure all around this place and fitting his own tomb inside the enclosure.

This whole place is also heard being referred to as Daru’l-man (abode of peace). One can find this name both in the inscriptions at the site of the time and also in historical records of Ghiyas-ud-din’s tomb.

It is definitely a place of architectural brilliance and historical importance, so whenever you are searching for Tughlaqabad fort address, be sure to look for Ghiyas-ud-din’s tomb too.

How to Reach Tughlaqabad Fort

Tughlaqabad Fort

Tughlaqabad Fort Address

Tughlaqabad Fort’s address is Tughlakabad, New Delhi, Delhi 110044. Not many people are aware of this fort. It is located near the Wildlife Sanctuary and it keeps on stretching for about 6.5 kilometers.

Tughlaqabad Fort Nearest Metro Station

To reach this place, one can look for Tughlaqabad Fort metro route and find out the Tughlaqabad Fort nearest metro station with some help of the internet.

The Tughlaqabad Fort Delhi nearest metro station is Govindpuri, of the violet metro line. It is 5 kilometers away, and you can take an auto-rickshaw, which will only cost about Rs. 50 from your location.

Tughlaqabad Fort Nearest Bus Stop

There are also a few bus stops which are near the Tughlaqabad Fort, which are as follows: 34, 34ext, 414, 511, 525, 544, 874 LTD, 714 and 717.

If you are going to travel by bus, it will be better to travel if your location of start is Badarpur, Noida or Gurgaon. Reaching this place is a piece of cake.

Tughlaqabad Fort Timings

The timings of the Tughlaqabad Fort are from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and the best part is that it is open on all days of the week. The timings are the same in every season. This means that you can plan your picnic to this place anytime you want at your own convenience.

Tughlaqabad Fort Entry Fee

If you are worried about the Tughlaqabad Fort ticket costs, then also there is little to worry about. The cost of a ticket for an Indian national is just Rs.25, and for a foreigner, the cost of a single ticket is Rs. 500. 

Conclusion

If you are an architecture enthusiast with an interest in medical Indo-Islamic architecture, or if you are a tourist on tour to Delhi, or if you’re just a person who is looking to get sexy from the busy life in Delhi or nearby cities, the Tughlaqabad Fort is a perfect place for you to travel.

One might think that there isn’t much to look at except the tomb of Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq, but that perception extremely wrong. There are so much serenity, calm environment and natural beauty in this place.

The location of the place is perfect, with it being on the outskirts of New Delhi, and if you are planning to drive here, it will be an extremely fun drive.

There are very fewer people who know about this place, so you will have the time of your life at this place more so if you come with your better half.

Lodhi Garden: Timing, Restaurant, Metro Station and Things to Do

Lodhi Garden

Delhi is not only the capital of India but also a place that successfully reached the pinnacle of modern technology at the same time kept their cultural heritage intact and alive.

The beautiful blend of past and present brews a wonderful future in the case of Delhi. You can enjoy the essence of old Indian heritage while nestling into the beautiful nature and modern technologies of the newer generations.

When you are in Delhi, lots of gardens and places are going to attract you. But one place that you mustn’t miss while in Delhi is, of course, the Lodhi Garden Delhi.

One of the oldest and historical gardens in Delhi that quench your thirst of greenery while living in a skyscraper surrounded metropolitan.

Tickets and Timings:

If you are a visitor, then you will not require any money to enter this property. There’s no ticket demanded to the visitors. So it is absolutely free.

Lodhi garden timings are lenient. Lodhi Garden timings during the months of April September are from 5:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. It opens from 6:00 A.M to 8:00 P.M. from October to March. So take a metro to the nearest metro to Lodhi garden and enjoy yourself with friends.

How to Reach Lodi Garden:

If you have planned to visit Lodi Garden, then you should look for the nearest metro to Lodhi Garden, because that should be the place where your stop should be.

So, Lodhi garden nearest metro station is Lok Kalyan Marg metro station, one will have to exit either from gate number 1 or gate number 2 and from here you will have to walk for about 1 kilometer to reach Lodi Gardens. 

Read: Top 35 Tourist Places To Visit In Delhi With Friends And Family

Get a Glimpse of History:

If we travel back a little into the history of India, we would see that five prominent dynasties ruled Delhi in past time. The Mamluk Dynasty, Khilji dynasty, Tughlaq Dynasty, Sayyid Dynasty, and Lodhi Dynasty were the most prominent ones that ever rule Delhi.

Among them, the last two dynasties ruled Delhi in around 15 and 16 century. This garden houses tombs of rulers from these two dynasties and named after one of the most prominent and wonderful rulers of Lodhi dynasty.

The tombs are kept as they were built during 15 and 16th centuries and that make them one of the biggest attractions for the tourists that visit this place more often.

Lodhi Garden History

The Designing:

In 1936, during the British rule in India and during the odd political situations, where the native Indians were fighting with their lives to gain the freedom from the clutches of British, the wife of governor-general Marquess of Wellington, Lady Wellington was busy beautifying this place.

She was an artist and the examples of her specialties are kept intact in the garden even after all these years. Just imagine the history buried in this garden.

During those unsettled years, a British woman didn’t think of cruelty but devoted herself blooming something new for a place which was never her native one.

These small stories make this place a must visit for all the people coming to Delhi. Delhi speaks history with all its breath; you just need to have ears to listen to them!

Read: 25 Parks and Monuments in Delhi for Teen Couples (Almost Free)

The Redesigning:

In 1968, the government thought of redesigned and re-imagined this garden. The prominent placement of the garden between the most popular Khan market and very popular Safdarjung’s tomb makes it a wonderful place to reach by Delhites.

During that period, the government decided that they would bring designers from different countries and ask them to redesign the place for the native Indians.

So they brought two exceptionally talented designers from America; Joseph Allen Stein and Garrett Eckbo. These two talented people didn’t change the interiors of the garden a lot.

They kept the heart at its place and changed some minor things and added some minor detailing that gave the place another signature without ruining its past glamour and glory.

Things to See and Do in Loghi Garden

Sikandar Lodi Tomb:

Sikandar Lodi Tomb

This is the second most prominent tombs in the Lodhi Garden. This is the final resting place of Sikandar Lodi, the second ruler of the Lodi dynasty. Sikandar ruled Delhi from the year 1459 to 1517, and this tomb was built by his son Ibrahim Lodi.

A visitor will find many common construction traits between the Mohammad Shah Tomb and the Sikandar Lodi Tomb, with the latter being inspired by the former.

Sikandar Lodi is best known for establishing the city of Agra, which will subsequently become his capital in a few years. An able ruler, Sikandar had an ever going conflict with the ruler of Gwalior, Mansingh Tomar, with whom the Lodi ruler fought almost all of his life.

All in all, the Sikandar Lodi Tomb in the Lodhi Garden Delhi holds a great historical significance and one must not miss the chance to observe this architectural masterpiece!

Shish Gumbad:

Shish Gumbad

It is a building which imitates the Bada Gumbad in many ways, especially in terms of its shape. But what makes it difficult from it is its ornamentation or the decoration.

On the outside, one can see the remains of blue-glazed tiles, which is from where it derives the name ‘Shish Gumbad‘ or glass dome. One possibility is that its outside was once fully covered with these tiles.

Inside, one can find numerous graves of unknown personalities. Historians say that one of these graves might be of Bahloi Lodi, father of Sikandar Lodi. One will find two different patterns in the Shish Gumbad, a square, and an octagonal pattern.

Its facade is divided in such a way by a string course and a sunk niche series that it gives it a look of being two-storeyed. The western wall has an arch, which was a mosque.

One can find semblances of both Hindu and Islamic constitution in it. From the inside, one can find Quranic verses inscribed along with floral patterns, giving this place a beautiful look. A must visit place in Lodhi garden New Delhi.

Bara Gumbad:

Bara Gumbad

The Bara Gumbad, translated as Big Dome in Hindi, was built during the Lodi period by Sikandar Lodi in 1490. The Bara Gumbad is a tomb of some unknown nobleman or king from the Lodi period.

The structure is remarkable in the way it has been constructed, with it being constructed on a raised platform, having a square shape. Some scholars have speculated that the dome was built as a gateway to the adjacent mosque.

Just like the Shish Gumbad, the height of the Bara gumbad is such that it looks like a two-storeyed structure. Its architectural style is a mix of Hindu and Islamic style.

Three sides of this dome are decorated with red, black and grey sandstones, the fourth one having quartzite. The Gumbad is adorned by beautiful ornamental carvings from the inside.

One can also find beautifully painted plaster and elaborately colored times in the inside of this domed structure. It is a must see place for both history buffs and architecture enthusiasts.

Fountains of Lodhi Garden:

Fountains in Lodi Gardens

Lodhi garden houses some of the most exciting and wonderful water bodies. As we said you will get birds all around and you will get to see lots of goose playing around, water bodies should be there around this place.

Well, lots of fountains are waiting for you. Some fountains can be seen around the lake under the Athpula Bridge. This is sheer enjoyment for the kids and for the grown-ups too.

We all love watching fountains for the whole day! If you have a kid at home, just bring him or her along with you to Lodhi Gardens and allow your child to enjoy and roam around the place to give it a clear view of the whole place.

Athpula (eight piers) Bridge:

Athpula (eight piers) Bridge

This beautiful bridge consists of seven arches and has a total of eight piers, this deriving the name Athpula(Ath meaning eight). This beautiful bridge is situated just in front of the Tomb of Sikandar Lodi, beautifully adorning the whole Lodi garden and adding a touch of elegance to it.

The bridge was built during the rule of Emperor Akbar of the Mughal dynasty by Nawab Bahadur in the 17th century. This bridge is only one of the few surviving constructions in Delhi from the time of Akbar.

Built from old grey stone and parapet of the same material, the bridge is surrounded by water from all sides and during the daytime, its beautiful reflection is very much visible in the waters surrounding it.

The water though dries up in the summertime. The bridge once saw a tributary of river Yamuna spanning through its arches.

Today, this bridge is a Category A monument, which makes it a protected monument under the Archeological Survey of India.

The Herbal Garden:

Herbal Garden

Do you love the smell of different herbs and ingredients that you use in your day to day cooking? Well, if you do so, visiting Lodhi gardens can give you another dash of joy.

The garden houses a smaller section known as the Herbs garden. If you roam around the place, you will get to see almost all of your known herbs and several unknown herbs around you. The smell of these trees, buds, flowers, and pods can take you to the land of ecstasy.

The herb garden is certainly one of the most interesting parts of Lodhi garden. If you are visiting the place with a guide, he will surely take you to this area, if you are roaming around on your own, you must search the internet and give this area a visit for sure. Your love for herbs will certainly increase after this sojourn.

Birds in Lodi Garden:

Birds in Lodhi Garden

One of the biggest attractions in the Lodi Garden is the birds of the park. There are about 28 different kinds of birds in the park, which is quite a big number.

Many of these birds are quite rare and cannot be found in an urban settlement. The most common kinds of birds are the Weaver bird, common myna, crow, house sparrow, cuckoo, duck, and the blue rock pigeon.

Whereas some of the rare species of birds in the Lodi Gardens are White-rumped Vulture, Black Drongo, Indian Grey Hornbill, White-breasted Kingfisher, Eurasian Collard Dove, Large Build Crow, among others.

Even if someone is not interested in architecture, one can come here and enjoy these lush green fields with beautiful birds all around the place frolicking about.

It is a great picnic spot, and Lodhi garden for couples is indeed a good place where you can enjoy the works of nature in serenity with your loved one.

Check out the Garden Restaurant:

The Garden Restaurant

So while roaming around the place if you feel that your tummy needs some food, a very beautifully decorated garden restaurant is available at your service.

The garden restaurant Lodhi Garden is one of the most amazing places that can house parties, small get-togethers, events that needed to be done inside a garden restaurant and of course small marriages and engagements.

This is a beautiful, small and cozy place. You can easily go for this place and it will never fail to attract and amaze you. Several cuisines are available for the people visiting this place.

They have separate arrangements done for the kids. So if you are with your kids and worrying about what to feed them, this restaurant particularly has lots to offer for your kids.

So do not hesitate to ask! Reach the Lodhi Garden metro station Lok Kalyan Marg from any part of NCR and enjoy yourself!

Muhammad Shah Tomb:

Muhammad Shah Tomb

Two of the most prominent tombs present in this garden are the tomb of Muhammad Shah and the tomb of Sikandar Lodhi. Muhammad Shah of the Sayyid Dynasty was the third ruler of the dynasty who ruled Delhi from 1434-1445.

Sayyid rulers were the subservience of the Timurids. Muhammad Shah didn’t make any prominent mark during his 11 years of rule. He along with his son was considered as two of the weakest and incapable rulers that ever ruled Delhi.

That is the reason, they were overthrown by the Lodhis soon enough. The tomb of Muhammad Shah is a reminder of the Sayyid dynasty that ruled Delhi once!

Big and Beautiful Area:

Beautiful Garden

Spread over 90 acres, this place is certainly one of the most beautiful places in the heartland of “Dilwalo ki Dilli”. Lodhi garden Delhi this place is loved by the school, college goers and love birds of Delhi.

Lodhi garden for couples is a safe and chilled place! The solace and calmness this place offers are unbelievable. It can give you some peace of mind and a quick break from the ever going hustle and bustle of the metro city life.

Read: 25 Parks and Monuments for Couples in Delhi

Conclusion:

Lodhi Garden attracts visitors from different corners of the world. Not only people visit this place to take some snaps, but they also spend hours here enjoying the history of India.

Once you reach here, you will see a wonderful historical atmosphere attracting you. If you love history, then this place, of course, has lots of offer you.

Top 20 Most Haunted Places to Visit in Delhi

haunted place

India is known as a land of undiscovered mysteries. For many centuries, people from around the world have traveled to this country in order to find out more about the undiscovered and have been fascinated by the mystical energy that surrounds the country.

The country’s capital, Delhi, has been a center of power and attraction since the beginning. It is also a well-known destination for paranormal activities. There are a number of haunted places in Delhi, which are sure to send a chill down your spine.

Do you want to experience something spooky, which will turn your eyes bloodshot, even while telling about it to other people? If you are brave enough to explore eerie destinations, here is the list of the haunted places in Delhi.

1. Agrasena Ki Baoli

Agrasen ki Baoli delhi

Agrasena ki Baoli is one of the oldest historical monuments, which also counts as one of the most haunted places in Delhi. This ancient water reservoir is believed to be built during the time of the Mahabharata.

This monument has many spooky stories revolving around it and the most haunting story is about the Baoli that is located adjacent to the monument.

According to some stories, the reservoir was once filled with mystical dark waters, which compelled people to jump in to commit suicide. According to another modern story, this place is believed to cast an evil spell on visitors who stay there after dusk.

  • Fee: The entry to this place is free of cost.
  • Timing: This place is open on all days from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm.
  • Nearest Metro: The nearest metro station is the Barakhamba Road Metro station.
  • Address: Hailey Road, Near Diwanchand Imaging Centre, KG Marg, New Delhi, 110001

2. Aravalli Biodiversity Park

Aravalli Biodiversity Park

Near the Palam and Mahipalpur region, which is an area in the park is really well known for paranormal activities that occur especially at night.

According to beliefs, the spirits of an abused couple suffering from certain mental ailment haunts the area.
People have stated witnessing several strange activities during the night in this region, which includes self-immolation, cannibalism and sky burials.

Even though the place is not located exactly in Delhi, but people who love exploring horror places and lives in Delhi would have surely heard about this place once. It lies in the Mehrauli-Gurgaon road.

  • Fees: Free of cost
  • Timings: All days 5 am to 8 pm
  • Nearest Metro Station: Guru Dronacharya Metro Station
  • Address: Mehrauli- Gurgaon Road, Gurgaon.

3. Bhuli Bhatiyari Ka Mahal

Bhuli Bhatiyari Ka Mahal

Bhuli Bhatiyari ka Mahal is the remains of a royal hunting lodge and courtyard of the 14th century. This place is also one of the most haunted places in Delhi. This Mahal, situated in the busy Karol Bagh market, also reserves its place in the top 10 haunted places in Delhi.

This monument is home to many myths and legends. Some people believe that this place is named after a resident saint who suddenly went missing and was replaced by a paranormal presence. Whereas some people believe that a neglected queen who died waiting for her king in the Mahal haunts the place.

Some visitors mentioned having heard strange scary voices whereas some have shared that the wall behind them in the photos clicked at the Mahal vanished.

  • Fee: The entry to this place is free of cost.
  • Timing: This place is open on all days from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.
  • Nearest Metro: The nearest metro station is the Jhande Wala Metro station.
  • Address: Central Ridge Reserve Forest, Jhandewalan, New Delhi, 110001

Read: Top 35 Tourist Places To Visit In Delhi With Friends And Family

4. Chor Minar

Chor Minar
view of Chor Minar, photo credit to TripAdvisor

The Chor Minar, as the name suggests, is the tower of thieves. Alauddin Khilji built this during his reign. He is said to have beheaded several thieves in this tower and put them on display through the 225 holes present in the tower using spears.

This was done with a good intention of stopping the fear of robbers and invaders from Mongolia.

However, this place is now said to be haunted by all the thieves beheaded here. It is said that the spirits of the thieves are heard crying all night in the tower.

  • Fees: Free of cost
  • Timing: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Nearest Metro Station: Hauz Khas Metro Station
  • Address: Southeast of Idgah, Hauz Khas Enclave, New Delhi 110016.

5. Delhi Cantonment

Delhi Cantonment
Photo credit: orissapost

The most haunted place in Delhi is the Delhi Cantonment. This place is said to be haunted by a middle-aged woman clad in a white sari.

This is believed and has been stated by many when night falls, this woman asks for a lift to whoever passes by. If their answer is not affirmative, she is seen pacing right next to their vehicles. Some also believe that she jumps in front of the vehicle or does things which lead to severe accidents.

  • Fees: Free of cost
  • Timing: There is no opening or closing time for this place; however it is suggestible not to move around in this area at night.
  • Nearest metro station: Delhi Cantt. Metro Station.
  • Address: A famous stop in Delhi is the popular area of Delhi Cantonment.

6. Delhi Ridge Area

Delhi Ridge Area
photo credit: wikipedia

There are many stories of disappearances that occurred in this area of a most haunted place in Delhi. The place has an inexplicable eerie feel effect that has been felt by many people who has come to this area.

With many discomforting factors like no sound of the nature and the natural being, less mobile networks and the ever-presence of a sweet fragrance, this place would surely run chills down your spine. People have reported seeing an image of an old Englishman with a rifle who supposedly haunts the area.

  • Fee: Free of cost
  • Timing: The place remains open throughout the day
  • Nearest metro station: Delhi Cantt. Metro Station.
  • Address: This is basically the northern extension to the ancient ranges of Aravalli Hills and lies at the leopard wildlife corridor.

7. Dwarka Sector 9 Metro Station

Dwarka Sector 9 pic
Photo credit: realityonfire

This metro station is famous for its hauntings and is one of the top haunted places in Delhi.

People have reported seeing a mysterious woman who appears from nowhere and vanishes right away. This metro station is blacklisted for being haunted.

Many people here have witnessed strange figures running behind their cars or have experienced sudden slapping from nowhere. This area has also become accident prone. Several accidents take place in this region, even during the daytime.

  • Fees: Free of cost
  • Timing: This place only comes with a word of caution and not timings.
  • Nearest Metro Station: The Dwarka Sector 9Metro Station itself is its nearest
  • Address: Dwarka Sector 9, Dwarka, New Delhi.

Read: 25 Parks and Monuments in Delhi for Teen Couples

8. Feroz Shah Kotla

Feroz Shah Kotla
photo credit: tripadvisor

This fort built in the year 1354 by Feroz Shah Tughlaq, lies abandoned in the present time.

This place is believed to be haunted by Jinns. As mentioned in some Islamic legends, Jinns live in a universe parallel to that of the humans. They believe God made humans out of sand whereas Jinns out of the fire, which gives them the power to cross the worlds.

The local people are seen lighting candles and incense sticks every Thursday. They also offer bowls of milk and grain to pacify the Jinns who supposedly haunt the place. They believe that doing so would keep them happy and the place protected.

  • Fees: Free of cost
  • Timings: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Nearest Metro Station: Ito Metro Station
  • Address: Balmiki Basti, Vikram Nagar, New Delhi 110002

9. House Number W-3

House Number W-3
Photo credit: YouTube

The house number W-3 of Greater Kailash – 1’s W block is one of the top 10 haunted places in Delhi.

Back in the year, 1986, a yoga teacher ruthlessly murdered an elderly couple, Yadu Krishnan Kaul and Madhu Kaul, in the house.

The dead bodies were found by the police, who suspected that the dreadful crime was done for wealth and property, in the water tanks of the house.

The couple is believed to haunt the house since then. The local people claim to have experienced supernatural activities around the house which include, hearing the sound of furniture movement as well as wailing voices emerging from the unoccupied house.

People have also seen faded images and apparitions in and around this place and added with the sound, the place concludes to be very spooky and is not at all a destination for the faint-hearted.

  • Fee: It does not need any entrance fees.
  • Timing: This place is generally avoided by people and does not come with timings for a visit.
  • Nearest Metro Station: Nearest Metro Station is the Greater Kailash Metro Station
  • Address: House number 3, W block, Greater Kailash 1, New Delhi

10. Jamali Kamali Masjid

jamali kamali haunted

This masjid, sharing its boundaries with the Qutub Minar, is an archaeological site, which is very well known for its haunted stories. It is one of the most interesting haunted places to visit in Delhi.

There are numerous tales of Jinns residing within the walls of this Masjid. Some people are scared to visit the place due to several unexpected phenomena, whereas some people spend nights here to experience these same unexpected phenomena.

According to Islamic legends, Jinns live in a universe parallel to that of the humans. They believe God made humans out of sand whereas Jinns out of the fire, which gives them the power to cross the worlds.

  • Fees: you would not have to give any fee in order to enter the place.
  • Timings: 10:00 am to 6:00pm
  • Nearest Metro Station: Qutub Minar Metro Station
  • Address: Mehrauli Archaeological Park Trail, Cristian Colony, Mehrauli, New Delhi, 110016.

11. Karbala Graveyard

Karbala Graveyard
Photo credit: dekhnews

The Karbala graveyard is basically a dead place where the last burial took place in the year 1985. Visiting the place especially in the evenings would surely give you an eerie feeling amongst the loneliness.

The gloomy ambiance also adds to the fear of the people who have reported to get the feel of someone watching them or walking behind them.

  • Fee: You can enter the place free of cost.
  • Timing: Between 8 am and 8 pm.
  • Nearest Metro Station: Jor Bagh Metro station.
  • Address: Karbala Graveyard, Civil Road, BK Dutt Colony, New Delhi- 110003.

12. Karkardooma Court

Karkardooma Court

If you see the most haunted places in Delhi videos, then Karkardooma Court would surely be in the list. There have been hushed talks going on about ghosts and spirits present in the place.

Many of the lawyers have even seen shadowy figures and ghostly apparitions in the place. Recent video footage has triggered the claims of paranormal activities in the area. Many stories have come up about the area and people have also claimed to see spirits on multiple occasions in the complex library.

  • Fee: You would not have to pay for going there.
  • Timings: from 10 am to 5 pm
  • Nearest metro: Karkardooma Court Metro station.
  • Address: Karkardooma Courts Complex, Karkardooma, Delhi- 110092

13. Khooni Darwaza

Khooni Darwaza
Photo credit: Tripadviser

The Khooni Darwaza also referred to as the Lal Darwaza, as the name suggests, means a bloody door. This door, located near the Delhi Gate, is famous as one of the haunted places in Delhi because of the death history it has.

This is known for the persecution of Mirza Mughal and Mirza Khizr Sultan, the sons of the last Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar.

British soldier Captain William Hudson stripped them naked, During the First War of Indian Independence, and shot them dead. This act was also accompanied by the displaying of the bodies.

Several people have reported seeing the illusion of the dead bodies hung from the gate. The spirits are still felt to linger around the door. However, no harm is caused to Indians; foreign visitors need to be aware of it.

  • Fees: Free of cost
  • Timing: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Nearest Metro Station: Pragati Maidan Metro Station
  • Address: Opposite Feroz Shah Kotla, Bahadur Shah Zafar Road, New Delhi

14. Khooni Nadi

Times of India

This river, as the name suggests, is a murderer. It is somewhat similar to the Bermuda Triangle. Once you go in, you will never make a way out.

This river is believed to have the force to suck inside anyone who visits or goes near the river. It traps people to suicide without any hesitation.

Many people have disappeared mysteriously after visiting this place and they have never come back again, hence nobody knows what actually happens when you visit this place and this makes Khooni Nadi a really dangerous spot to visit.

  • Fees: To visit the river you do not need to pay any fees.
  • Timing: There is no fixed time to visit this place. However, going near the river is not at all suggestible.
  • Nearest Metro Station: Rohini West Metro Station
  • Address: Rohini District, North Delhi.

Read: Jantar Mantar Delhi: History, Timing, Metro Station & Things To See

15. Lothian Cemetery

Lothian Cemetery

Cemeteries are well known for their thrilling and eerie experiences. This graveyard is a walking distance from the Kashmiri gate and is a burial ground of the British Era.

It is believed that Sir Nicholas, the unrequited lover, who committed suicide by shooting his head decades back, is found to move around frustrated on the new moon day.

People have reported hearing the painful calls of being spurned by his lover still fills the place every day. They have heard the weird sound and many have even heard crying sounds as if someone is weeping in agony.

This comes as a real haunted place for all the locals and if you are a faint-hearted person then you are not suggested to visit here. The thrill to visit this place becomes much more apparent when you go there after hearing all the stories associated with the place.

  • Fees: Free of Cost
  • Timings: 10:00am to 6:00pm
  • Nearest Metro Station: Kashmiri Gate Metro Station
  • Address: Netaji Subhash Marg, Priyadarshini Colony, Kashmiri Gate, New Delhi, 110006.

16. Malcha Mahal

Malcha Mahal
Photo credit: hindustantimes

This 700 years old Mahal was owned by the great grand-daughter of Nawab of Oudh, Vilayat Mahal. It is situated amongst deep grown forest and is presently said to be house to huge ferocious hounds.

The local people have started seeing the princess of the Mahal moving around in the forest clad in black attire and undone hair.

Some people have started seeing her waiting to die with the ashes of her mother in her hands. Many people have also gone missing from this spooky place.

However, the mystery of this Mahal remains undiscovered and guarded by the hounds and this place continues to be one of the prohibited and most haunted places in Delhi.

  • Fees: Free of cost
  • Timing: This place doesn’t have any fixed timing for the visit. The place remains open throughout the day.
  • Nearest Metro Station: Dhaula Kaun Metro Station
  • Address: Southern Ridge Forest Bistdari Rd, Malcha New Delhi 110021

17. Mutiny House

Mutiny House
Photo credit: bikingmystery

The British, in honor of their soldiers who lost their lives in the Revolt of 1857, built the Mutiny House.
This place has been reported of several paranormal sightings.

Many people have stated and heard seeing wriggling severed limbs around the tower. They have reported encountering apparitions and have felt really cold when they have gone to this place.

This has also made them really uneasy and the weird sound of the limbs has also added to the eerie effect of the place.

  • Fees: You would not have to pay any fee in order to enter the premises.
  • Timings: the regular timings of the place is 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. However, the horror can be felt more as the evening approaches.
  • Nearest Metro Station: Kashmiri Gate Metro Station
  • Address: Kamla Nehru Ridge, Civil Lines, Delhi, 110007

18. Nicholson’s Cemetery

Nicholson’s Cemetery
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Nicholson’s Cemetery is almost a hundred and fifty years old and is the oldest cemetery in the city. It is named after a war hero of the Sepoy Mutiny.

It is believed to be haunted by the ghosts of the British soldiers, their wives, and children who are buried there. People have started hearing strange sounds from deep inside the cemetery at night.

People have also seen images of a woman and a small child there who gets disappeared suddenly. Many incidents have been reported about these places which have added fear to the heart of the locals and they strictly advise not to visit the place after the sun sets.

The cemetery is well known for the famous headless ghost of the soldier who is believed to be murdered by his lover and many people have seen his image getting disappeared somewhere inside the cemetery.

  • Fees: You would not have to pay anything in order to have this eerie experience.
  • Timings: the gate of the cemetery remains open from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.
  • Nearest Metro Station: Kashmiri Gate Metro Station
  • Address: Club Road, Ludlow Castle, Civil Lines, New Delhi, 110054.

19. Sanjay Van

Sanjay Van

This place is one of the most haunted places in Delhi. Many consider it to be a nice place to explore as you can see different varieties of flora and fauna present in this area.

However, this dense forest, in the heart of the city, makes it easy for many spirits to have access to their power in loneliness. So what about the forests, the house of so many animate and inanimate organism.

Within this wilderness, the house of numerous mausoleums of the Sufi saints, with its creepy ways gives an eerie feeling while you move through it. What adds to the eerie feeling is the sound of wilderness along with the darkness due to tall grown trees.

Many people have reported that they have felt someone is following them or is keeping an eye on them, whenever they have traveled through the place. The feeling becomes stronger with darkness and that is the best time to visit the place if you have the hearts and willingness to survive the weird feeling.

  • Fees: You can enter free of cost to this beautiful yet spooky place.
  • Timings: 7:00pm to 11:00pm
  • Nearest Metro Station: Qutub Minar Metro Station
  • Address: Sanjay Van, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi- 110070.

20. Tughlaqabad Fort

Tughlaqabad Fort

This fort is also one of the haunted places in Delhi and the stories about this damned fort are full of curses. The fort was built during the Tughlaq dynasty to protect the sultanate from the Mongol invaders.

This fort is said to be cursed by a Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya which never did leave the chase of the Sultans of the Tughlaq dynasty.

It is also said that many Mongol invaders’ heads are buried in the walls of the fort and the spirit of these invaders, who were beheaded here, now haunts the place. People have reported several eerie experiences in the fort.

  • Fees: The entry fee to this place is Rs.15 for Indians and Rs. 200 for foreigners. However, there is no entry fee for children below the age of 15 years.
  • Timings: 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Nearest Metro Station: Govindpuri Metro Station of the violet line.
  • Address: Tughlaqabad Fort, Mehrauli-Badarpur Road, Tughlakabad, New Delhi, Delhi 110044

Conclusion

Delhi is a city that has been built up and desolated over hundreds of years. It also has a history that only a couple of urban areas in the world can match.

Apart from the beautiful and romantic places, the city is also well known for its haunted places. Hope that the narratives of these spooky places in Delhi will excite you to visit them.

However, do not forget to watch out for shadows and spirits, which the people say lurk around these places.

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Hauz Khas Fort & Deer Park: Timings, Metro Station & Places To Visit

Hauz Khas, with its heart being the historic Hauz Khas Complex, is a wealthy neighborhood in South Delhi. This area offers a blend of both rural and urban lives. Hauz Khas, in Urdu, means ‘water tank’ and is named after an ancient water reservoir, which is now part of the extensive Hauz Khas Complex.

According to history, Hauz Khas, then known as Hauz-e-Alai, is the place where Ghazi Malik defeated Khusro Khan of Delhi Sultanate in the year 1320.

Hauz Khas Nearest Metro Station

In order to visit Hauz Khas Delhi, you can either take a cab from anywhere in Delhi or take a metro. If you are taking the metro, you need to get down at the Hauz Khas Metro Station. It is the interchange metro station, between the Yellow Line and Magenta Line of the Delhi Metro, which serves the Hauz Khas Enclave.

Hauz Khas Fort Timings

The Hauz Khas Complex is open from Monday to Saturdays from 10:30 AM to 7:30 PM. Normally a visit to the Hauz Khas village takes anywhere between 2 to 6 hours. The best time to visit this place is between the months of October to March as both the summers and winters in Delhi are very harsh.

Hauz Khas fort Ticket Price

Hauz Khas fort ticket price is Rs. 30/ for an Indian person

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Places to Visit in Hauz Khas

Do you know the different places near Hauz Khas you can visit? Here is a list that will help you make the most out of your Hauz Khas trip:

Hauz Khas Fort:

hauz khas fort

Located at one end of the one of the Hauz Khas village, the history of the Hauz Khas Fort traces back to the 13th and 14th centuries and is a popular site for heritage walks. This fort was part of the second medieval city of the Delhi Sultanate, Siri, which was built during the reign of Alauddin Khilji.

The aesthetic ruins of the fort include a madrassa, a water tank, a mosque, and the main tomb of Feroz Shah Tughlaq with six pavilions around it. All of these are built between 1352 and 1354 AD.

The main tomb, which was built by Feroz Shah Tughlaq for himself, is the focal point of the place. It is located at the intersection point of the two wings of the L shaped building that constitutes the Madrassa.

There are ample eateries, boutiques, and antique shops only at a stone’s throw away from the fort.

  • Timings: The fort is open from Monday to Saturday from 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM.
  • Entry Fees: The entry to this place is ₹15 for Indians and ₹200 for foreigners.

Hauz Khas Village:

Hauz Khas Village

Located around the Hauz Khas Complex, the Hauz Khas Village is a historic habitation well known since the medieval times. A water tank/reservoir surrounded by beautiful buildings and a well-maintained park.

The old charm and an aesthetic appeal are retained by the existing status of the village through the well-maintained parks with walkways, the urbane market and quirky places of interest that have spruced up the old Mughal surviving structures.

This village existed as an urban village at the edge of the Hauz Khas area and started developing after the 1960s. In the mid-1980s, the village started getting modernized, when the designer boutiques of the fashion designers moved into the village. The restaurants started coming up in the late 1990s.

Today the Hauz Khas village in Delhi, also known as the New York East Village of Delhi, has turned into a posh locality and is well known for its electric nightlife with around 50 restaurants, cafes, bars, and pubs. The place has an infectious energy and there are many live events, from stand-up comedy to live jazz, hosted by the different cafes.

  • Nearest Metro: The Hauz Village nearest metro station is the Hauz Khas metro station.
  • Timings: The Hauz Khas village timings are from 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM. The village is open from Monday to Saturday
  • Entry Fee: The entry fee to this place free of cost, which is a win-win.

Hauz Khas Market:

Hauz Khas Market

The Hauz Khas market is an authentic market place in Delhi that is home to numerous outlets that retail a variety of art and crafts, antiques, consumer durable goods, furniture, fashion garments, shoes, accessories, and even multi-cuisine restaurants.

The Hauz Khas market offers a peaceful and serene experience that is very unique and can not be seen in any other market place in Delhi.

This is due to the ancient architectural backdrop and the location of the market. The Hauz Khas market is well known for its curio shops, designer stores and some South Indian specialty restaurants, and a travel café.

Another attraction of the market is its fascinating and stunning art galleries, some of which have come up in the past few years. A few famous art galleries in the Hauz Khas market include the Delhi Art Gallery, the Impulse Art, the Village Gallery, the Art View, the Rang Art Gallery, the GNR Art Gallery, Arjun’s, and Green House.

The Hauz Khas market also features unique stores like Yodakin, which is a book, music and cinema store. The dining outlets in the market are the best place to look up to for a break during your shopping spree.

  • Timings: The Hauz Khas market opens between 10:30 AM to 7:00 PM from Monday to Saturday and remains closed on Sundays.
  • Entry Fees: The entry to this place is free.

Hauz Khas Lake:

Hauz Khas Lake

The Hauz Khas Lake is the water reservoir after which the Hauz Khas area is named. It is said that the lake used to be a massive water reservoir, which provided water to the then newly built Hauz Khas fort and the city of Siri, the second medieval city of the Delhi Sultanate.

This water reservoir was built by the Khilji ruler Alauddin Khilji in the year 1295 AD. It was originally known as Hauz-i-Alai after Khilji. There was a two-storeyed pavilion built in the center of the water reservoir and was connected to the city of Siri through a causeway.

The reservoir is said to have been partially destroyed by the time Feroz Shah Tughlaq, one of the peaceful rulers, took over. He not only reconstructed the water reservoir but also added stones to make embankments for the reservoir and made it fully functional again, except the pavilion.

The reservoir was of about 123.6 acres area, with dimensions of 700 m length, 600 m width and 4 m depth. Its storage capacity at the end of each monsoon season was reported to be 0.8 Mcum. Now, the tank has reduced in size due to encroachment and siltation. However, it is still well maintained.

  • Timings: The Hauz Khas Lake is open on all days from sunrise to sunset.
  • Entry Fee: The visit to the Hauz Khas lake is free of entrance charges.

Deer Park:

Deer Park

Deer Park or the A.N. Jha Deer Park, named after the famous social worker Aditya Nath Jha, is located in the Hauz Khas village. The park has four different wings, which are the Rose Garden, the Deer Park, Fountain Park, and the District Park. This park is popular for walking, jogging, and weekend outings and has several historical tombs from the Mughal Era.

Often referred to as the ‘lungs of Delhi’, it is a green respite from the hustle bustle of the city. Among all the overcrowded city life of Delhi, the deer park is one of the few green zones that the people can still enjoy and cherish.

The Deer Park is home to several different animals and birds. However, the main attraction of the deer park is the deer. The deer here are kept in a large enclosure where they can roam around freely but feeding the animals is strictly prohibited for the visitors, and so is throwing stones at them. Throwing stones at the animals is punishable by law.

Deer Park in Hauz Khas village is a beautiful place for weekend outings. If you are thinking of a family outing or picnic in, you can look up to the Deer Park. It has all the things that can leave your children captivated.

  • Timings: The Deer Park is open on all days from sunrise to sunset.
  • Entry Fee: The entry to the park is absolutely free of cost, which is a win-win.

Mosque:

Mosque

The mosque in the deer park is a small yet elegant mosque from the Lodi era, built during the reign of Sikander Lodi.

The slab on the entrance of the mosque dates the building to 1505-06 and credits the construction of it to Kasumbhil, the nurse of Fateh Khan, the son of the governor of the area around this time.

This mosque is placed on a raised platform within a fenced enclosure, which also has an old well. The low walls, which surround the enclosure, is made in rubble masonry out of local stones and has a flame shaped battlements. The mosque itself is built of dressed stone, yet traces of plaster decoration are visible.

  • Timings: The mosque is open on all days.
  • Entry Fees: The entry to the mosque is free of cost.

Kali Gumti:

Kali Gumti

Located amidst the green bounty of the Deer Park, the Kali Gumti or the ‘small black domed building’ was built in the 14th century, during the reign of the Lodi Dynasty.

It is so named probably because it is covered with traditional organic mortar which is used to prolong the life of the building. In the process, the growth of the microorganisms turns the plaster black in color.

The Kali Gumti stands in a small enclosure with a wall mosque on its western side and is very quiet and isolated. The building has arched entrances on the north, south, and east, except for the western part which isn’t pierced by a doorway.

This small and simple building is decorated with a band of kanguras along the edge of its roof. The equally austere wall mosque has arched niches, kanguras, and taller arches, which form the mihrabs.

This building is quite isolated from the rest of the region and is not quite popular. However, if you are a person who loves old heritage stuff, you must have a look at this.

  • Timings: This place open on all days from sunrise to sunset.
  • Entry Fee: The visit to the Kali Gumti is free of entrance charges.

Munda Gummad:

Munda Gummad

Located next to the Hauz Khas Lake facing the Feroz Shah Tughlaq tomb, Munda Gummad or the ‘bald dome’ is a pavilion inside the Deer Park built on a raised hill like rising. Alauddin Khilji of the Khilji Dynasty built it in 1295 AD.

It is believed that the Hauz Khas Lake close by used to be a water tank, which provided water to the Siri, the second medieval city of the Delhi Sultanate. This pavilion, which used to be two-storeyed, was built in the center of the water tank and was connected to the city of Siri by a causeway.

The upper story of the pavilion was damage when Feroz Shah Tughlaq took over. The stone bases of the pillars that once were a part of the upper story can still be seen. There is a staircase, which leads upstairs, from where you can have a wonderful view of the Hauz Khas Complex.

  • Timings: The only way to the building is through the Deer Park Complex. So, you can visit this place whenever Deer Park is open, on all days from sunrise to sunset.
  • Entry Fee: The entry to the Deer Park is free of cost.

Shree Neelanchala Temple:

Shree Neelanchala Temple

Shree Nelanchala Temple is one of the places to visit near Hauz Khas. If you are in Hauz Khas, you should not skip visiting the famous Jagannath Temple built by the Oriya community of Delhi in 1969.

This temple is famous for its annual Rath Yatra festival which is attended by thousands of devotees. The temple is very close to the Hauz Khas metro station.

The temple is fully built according to the Odisha style temple, just like the Shri Mandir in Puri. In the front side of the temple, there is a Simhadwar or ‘the main door’ with 22 steps known as the ‘Baishi Pahacha’, which leads to the Mukhashala.

In the Garbhagriha of the temple, Chaturthi deities are installed, Shri Jagannath, Shri Balabhadra, Maa Subhadra and Shri Sudarshan. In the same floor of the temple, other deities are also installed, namely Lord Shiva, Lord Hanuman, Maa Bimala, and Maa Laxmi. Their respective temples are built around the main temple of Lord Jagannath.

In front of the Mukhashala or the main area, there is a pillar known as the Aruna Stambha, built in marble stone, facing the Chaturdha Deities. It is a tradition that before entering the main temple or Garbhagriha, each devotee should touch and embrace the Aruna Stambha.

It is advisable to wear decent apparel while visiting the temple. Leather items are not allowed inside the sanctum and the footwear is also to be left behind while entering the temple.

This temple was built in replication to the Puri Jagannath Temple and serves as a center of cultural, religious and spiritual interests of the Oriyas in Delhi.

  • Timings: The temple has different visiting times for summers and winters. During the summers, the temple opens at 5:00 AM in the morning and closes at 10:00 PM, whereas during the winters, the temple opens at 6:00 AM and closes at 9:00 PM. It is open on all days irrespective of the season.
    However, the best time to visit the Shree Neelanchala Temple is during the Rath Yatra. During this festival, Shri Jagannath, Shri Balabhadra and Maa Subhadra are placed in a wooden chariot and carried across the streets, which are strewn with flowers and grains by the devotees. The whole thing, the thousands of devotees gathered in the streets to share the burden of the chariot, is a visual treat.
  • Entry Fee: The visit to the temple is free from entrance charges.

Conclusion

Now that you know all about the places to visit in Hauz Khas and the Hauz Khas timings, what are you waiting for? Look for holidays, pack your bags and head towards Delhi.

However, if you are a Delhite, all you need to visit this place is a small weekend. There are a lot of places to visit in Hauz Khas with friends. If you visit this place once, you are surely going to look for chances to come back here over and over again.

Jantar Mantar Delhi: History, Timing, Metro Station & Things To See

The capital of India, Delhi, is quite a famous tourist destination because of the innumerable historical monuments it has. Among so many, one such notable astronomical observatory is the Jantar Mantar.

Known to be the UNESCO World Heritage Site, a trip to Delhi without visiting this scientific advancement of ancient India is known to be incomplete. The name Jantar Mantar is a colloquial term in which Jantar means instruments and Mantar means formulae.

History of Jantar Mantar Delhi

jantar mantar delhi

Located in the Parliament Street, Jantar Mantar Delhi was built by Maharaja Jai Singh in 1724 that forms a collection of the five such observatories in Jaipur, Ujjain, Varanasi, and Mathura.

The love of astronomy of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh made him come up with a purpose of building this observatory as in those days the astronomical instruments were incapable of providing correct observations.

He erected this building according to the instructions of Muhammad Shah. The observatory is built of brick, rubble and then has been plastered with lime.

The apparatus seen here are in close connection with Egypt’s Ptolemaic astronomy that follows the classical celestial coordinates to track the placement of heavenly bodies namely the horizon and zenith local system, the equatorial system, and the ecliptic system.

The Jantar Mantar history says that since King Sawai Jai Singh was quite a consummate scholar who was entrusted the responsibility of rectifying and noting down the data available on the movement of celestial bodies by emperor Muhammad Shah.

His other motive was to redefine the ancient Islamic Zij tables to determine the exact hour of the day. He also wanted to make a calendar that would reflect the astrological predictions for man and social benefits overall.

This could be achieved through the construction of the Jantar Mantar and the inception of this observatory took place in the year 1724. Other observatories were also constructed in Jaipur, Ujjain, Varanasi, and Mathura.

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Jantar Mantar Architectural Style

Jantar Mantar Architectural

The Jantar Mantar consists of 13 architectural astronomical instruments that were constructed by the great scholar Maharaja Jai Singh II in the year of 1724 that was entrusted with this responsibility by the Mughal Emperor Muhammad Shah for revising the calendar and astronomical tables.

The impetus of the observatory was to collate the astronomical table so that the accurate movements of the sun, moon, and planets could be predicted.

There are four instruments within the observatory of Jantar Mantar namely: the Samrat Yantra, Ram Yantra, Jayaprakash and the Mishra Yantras.

The Samrat Yantra is believed to be the largest sundial in the world that is around 27 meters high. This installation can tell the exact time with great precision. Because of its gigantic size, the shadow can be seen moving at the rate of about 6 centimeters per minute.

The Jayaprakash Yantra consists of hollow hemispheres with markings on its concave sides. This instrument is used to observe the position of the sun and other heavenly bodies. It acts as a check on the observatory instruments that has been divided into two identical parts so that they work every hour alternatively.

The Ram Yantra consists of two large cylindrical structures which are used to measure the farthest distance and the altitude of stars based on the latitude and longitude of the earth.

Jantar Mantar Delhi Timings

The perfect time to visit Jantar Mantar are the months of September to March as the weather this time stays quite pleasant. The Jantar Mantar timings are 6 AM and close at 6 PM.

It is open on all days of the week with an entry fee of Rs. 15 per person for Indian citizens and Rs.200 per person for foreigners.

Jantar Mantar Nearest Metro Station

Being located at the heart of the city, Jantar Mantar is easily accessible road and metro rail. However, the nearest metro station of Jantar Mantar is the Patel Chowk and Rajeev Chowk.

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Things to See in Jantar Mantar Delhi

The Jantar Mantar New Delhi consists of thirteen architectural astronomical instruments. But among these the most noticeable ones are the Ram Yantra, Mishra Yantra, Samrat Yantra, and the Jai Prakash Yantra. Let us have a close look at these structures through the description given below.

Samrat Yantra

Samrat Yantra

Also known as the ‘Supreme Instrument’, the Samrat Yantra is an equinoctial sundial that is of gigantic size. This structure helps to measure time at a precision that has never been seen or achieved before.

The vital parts of this structure are the gnomon, a triangular wall that has its hypotenuse parallel to the earth’s axis and a pair of quadrants on either side that is parallel to the plane of the equator.

When the sky is clear and the sun passes from the east to west direction, the shadow of gnomon falls on the scale of the quadrant to tell the local time.

As a sundial is believed to give the perfect time for a particular locality only, a formula to obtain standard time is used to compensate the longitude difference between the instrument location and its time zone.

Also, the daily adjustment needed in predicting the time should be made accordingly by closely keeping into consideration the earth’s orbit around the sun.

These sundials were believed to provide the precise time measurements by a special technique of reading the shadow of the gnomon. But the common criticism faced by Samrat Yantra is that the dubious precision is provided because of the distance of the edge of the gnomon from the quadrant scale as it has a soft edge.

This leads to the inference that although the surface of the quadrant is inscribed with fine markings to indicate the second time intervals, the soft edge of the shadow spans from 6-7 marks which leads to only an estimation of the center of the shadow.

Well, a solution can be provided here by holding a thin object like a twig to the edge of the shadow and about a centimeter above the quadrant surface. When the twig is moved into and out of the shadow, this helps in giving the exact indication of the center of the shadow.

Jayaprakash Yantra

Jayaprakash Yantra

This is known to be Jai Singh’s most complex instrument as it is based on concepts that date back to the early 300 BC. This era witnessed the Grecko Babylonian astronomer Berosus making the hemispherical sundial.

There are many hemispherical sundials at the observatories found in Nanking, China and in some European churches too. But the one in Jantar Mantar Delhi is believed to be one of the most complex and versatile than any other found around the world.

The Jai Prakash is a bowl-shaped instrument that is partly above and partly below the ground level. The diameter of the rim is 27 feet where the interior sector is divided into segments with recessed steps that provide observation for the viewers.

There is a taut cross wire tied to the level of the rim to hold a metal plate with a circular opening directly placed over the center of the bowl. This plate serves as an observing medium during the night time that helps to cast an identifiable shadow on the interior of the bowl for solar observations.

The surfaces of the Jai Prakash are engraved with marks that co-relate to the azimuth-altitude, or horizon and equatorial coordinate systems to describe the exact position of the celestial objects.

In fact, the ‘doctrine of the sphere’ is rightfully demonstrated by the Jai Prakash Yantra of Delhi as it shows the apparent movement of the sun and is a great structure to add educational value to the field of astronomy. The marble slabs in it are also introduced to recognize the zodiac symbols.

Rama Yantra

Rama Yantra

This consists of cylindrical circles that face the sky and has a pillar or pole at its center. The pillars are of equal height and also have a radius equal to the structure.

The floors and the interiors have inscriptions that indicate the angles of the altitude and the azimuth. This structure is used to measure the position of a celestial object with the help of the top of the central pillar and the position on the floor that helps to complete the alignment.

During the day, the sun’s position comes directly at the place where the shadow of the pillar top falls on the floor or wall. At night time, when the star or planet gets aligned with the top of the pillar and interpolates that point on the floor or wall, the alignment gets completed especially with the help of a sighting guide.

The floor of the Rama Yantra is on a raised platform at nearly about chest height that is arranged on multiple sectors with open kind of spaces between them. This helps to get a space for the observer to comfortably see upwards from the inscribed surface.

The instrument shows its precision at the intersection of the floor and wall that corresponds to an altitude that is at an angle of 45 degrees.

The markings here are at the widest that help to get an accuracy of +/-1 of arc. For altitude readings that are greater than 45 degrees, the accuracy dissolves and comes to +/-1 degree near the base of the pillar.

Misra Yantra

Misra Yantra

The Daksinottara Bhitti or the Misra Yantra is known to be the smallest instrument of the Delhi observatory. This is located on the east facing a wall of the Misra complex which is a semicircular arch or more clearly, a double arc jointed at the top.

The arcs have a radius of 1.6m and 1.66m respectively. These two arcs have a slight difference in their radii which hinders them meeting at the top. The scale of the instrument is 2.5cm wide with its zero marks at the top. The quadrants placed at either side of the zero have 15 main divisions.

The left quadrant has been graduated with 6 parts. Most of the divisions are 2.8cm wide with variations as much as 2.5mm. Devanagari script has been used in labeling the divisions.

In order to measure the altitude of the midday sun with this instrument, a pin or rod needs to be held vertically above the scale so that the shadow of the pinfalls over the fixed style at the center. This part of the shadow that falls on the scale indicated the zenith distance of the sun.

Similarly, the zenith distance of the moon can be determined in the process mentioned above but only if the moon is bright enough. With this instrument, the procedure for measuring the planet and star’s altitude is not quite possible because the instrument is too close to the ground to help to get an easy reading.

That is why many feel that this instrument was never quite used for any serious reading. The Misra Yantra has the following instruments included in it.

Conclusion

Jantar Mantar New Delhi has been featuring on projects to get to know a lot about the observatories and the pre-telescope sky observation. So, the next time you are in Delhi, do visit this astronomical marvel to get an idea of the magnificence of work and thought of people of the past era.

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Agrasen Ki Baoli: Timing, Address, Metro Station & Things To See

Agrasen ki Baoli delhi

Agrasen ki Baoli is also known as AgarSainKiBaoli or Ugrasen ki Baoli, this is the main attraction is a historical monument situated on the Halley Road in New Delhi.

New Delhi has been the center of attraction from the beginning of time. The tales of this city is full of love, charismatic things and unforgettable stories. This city is full of unforgettable mysteries.

So in those mysterious places here we will talk about one of the most mysterious places in Delhi which is Agrasen ki Baoli. It is believed and said that this idea of water preservation originated in Gujarat and soon spread in all the other parts of India.

This Baoli is one of its kinds where the visible part of the step-well is comprised of three levels. All these three levels are line with the arched niches on both the sides which makes it more interesting.

This famous place is located on Hailey Road near CP (Cannought Place) in Delhi, India, in the vicinity of Jantar Mantar. Agrasen ki Baoli location is close to other important sites of Delhi such as India Gate and Jantar Mantar.

This place is established from the time of Mahabharata. This place is situated in the heart of India that’s why this place plays a great role in Delhi tourism industry as this place is full of haunted stories and mysterious facts.

Travelers from all around the world would like to visit this place which is filled with strange and haunted stories; Baoli is one of the main points of attractions in Delhi.

History of Agrasen Ki Baoli

History of Agrasen Ki Baoli:

It is the most charismatic and different monument which is preserved and protected by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

Talking about its past this Baoli is constructed by the king of Haryana Maharaja Agrasen at the time of Mahabharata era that’s why at the entrance of the Baoli there is a nameplate Ugrasen Ki Baoli’.

But there is no proper evidence to prove about this. It was created to preserve the water at that time. This is Agrasen ki Baoli history.

The Architectural Style of Agrasen Ki Baoli:

Agrasen Ki Baoli

The entry gate for Agrasen Ki Baoli has steel rod gate, like the one Indian jails and a small stone slab which the step well name and a drawing. Agrasen Ki Baoli occupies a width of 15 meters and is 60 meters long. Climbing down these stairs at night is a very scary and strange experience and not in the least recommended for the ones easily scared.

The building is made up to 3 stories. Agrasen ki Baoli has a unique mix of architecture with complicated designs and rare structures But according to some sources it was rebuilt and reconstructed by the Aggarwals in the 14th century which is believed that they trace its origin to Maharaja Agrasen.

The Baoli is used for the ritual ceremonies at that time. On entering this medieval era you will feel like a character from the bygone era of history by watching all the beautiful and different walls.

The walls which are surrounded by the Baoli have plotting carving which is admirable and tell you about the appealing sense of the artisans.

The Haunted Story Behind Agrasen Ki Baoli

Agrasen Ki Baoli Haunted Story

It is believed and claimed that Agrasen Ki Baoli is the house of evil spirits. As per the claims, this Baoli was earlier filled with dirty Blackwater which attracted mostly discouraged and depressed enthusiasts with its magnetic effects.

The deadly attraction of the mysterious waters hypnotized people to their death by encouraging them to jump in the waters. It is believed that the Agrasen ki Baoli Delhi used to call for people to offer their lives and raise its water levels. According to the sources, though the well has dried out many years back, there are stories of some mysterious deaths around the Baoli.

There are also rooms in the Baoli that now remains closed and perhaps happens to be the abode places of bats and pigeons. Some incidence comes to notice in 2007 that someone commit suicide in five feet water which was very strange.

Due to these kinds of rumors, it is believed that Agrasen ki Baoli haunted. All these types of stories, however, have made the Baoli very popular and fetched it plenty of attention from the local people. The haunted stories behind this historical place revolve only around the well.

Agrasen ki Baoli in Delhi was picturized in many movies, including the blockbuster Bollywood movie, PK in which Aamir Khan is the lead role.

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How to Reach Agrasen ki Baoli

To reach there you need to check Agrasen ki Baoli nearest metro station which is Janpath or Barakhambha Metro Station.

You can reach the Baoli by taking KG Marg from external Connaught Circus, and after that turn left towards the Hailey Road. It is only 20 km away from IGI airport terminal 3 and can be easily reached via metro or cab.

Or you can easily ask to anyone Agrasen ki Baoli Delhi location or for to return also you can go Agrasen ki Baoli nearest metro.

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Agrasen ki Baoli Address:

Hailey Road, Near Diwanchand Imaging Centre, KG Marg, Hamdard Nagar, Vakil Lane, Mandi House, New Delhi, Delhi, 110001, India

Agrasen ki Baoli Timings

Entrance into the Agrasen ki Baoli ticket is totally free and timings to visit this place is from 9 am – 5:30 pm every day.

Things to See in Agrasen ki Baoli

Well (कुआँ):

Agrasen Ki Baoli

Agrasen ki Baoli is one of the most enduring ancient step-wells in Delhi. It is now a protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India. This architectural marvel has a very deep well to reach there you need to go down 108 steps towards them.

Delhi has more than a dozen of step-wells the Agrasen ki Baoli is only, stands out from them. It is one of the largest and definitely the most sumptuous stepwell of Delhi. This is the main Agrasen ki Baoli story.

In early times, Northern and Western India were often hit by droughts and these Baolis were invented at that time as a way out in tough times.

They not only made for provided the common people an easy round the clock water availability but soon became places for social meetings as well in Summer and that is probably the reason why these wells are so vast in size.

Mosque:

Agrasen Ki Baoli

The mosque is loomed by a triple curved entrance but the curve on the southern side has long collapsed, along with the portions of the roof. There is a mosque located in the Agrasen ki Baoli in southwestern side standing on four pillars with a heavy stone on the roof.

Presence of mosque is enough to convince that Agrasen Ki Baoli is a 14th-century stepwell built during Lodi or Tughlaq dynasty. The ancient architectural style of this Baoli is been quite different than the one we see today. Filled with freaky and haunted stories, the Baoli is one of the main points of attractions in Delhi.

Steps or Stairs:

Agrasen Ki Baoli Stairs

This magnificent step-well has 108 steps and has three floors above it. It is fixed and creased remarkably with window arches and passages.

According to the sources, before the silage days of this place were over the Baloi was filled with Blackwater which called out people’s name strangely and asks them to sacrifice their lives in that black water.

In fact, water was believed to enchant people to jump into it and want their life. Even today these stories and incidents haunt this place. There is indeed something uncanny about this place.

The stairs or steps were built next to the channels of wells so that whatever the level of the groundwater, residents could always take some.

This could be very difficult for them, but many people had no other choice apart from this. Once you entered the ornate gateway, you are hailed by a steep flight of stairs.

Home of Bats:

Agrasen Ki Baoli

It is basically you called this place home of bats because thousands of bats live there because of the cool and dark place. There are thousands of bats that have housed themselves in the Baoli and anyone can hear them loud while stepping down in the monument.

There are actually lots of bats and pigeons inside the Baoli and they too can be one of the reasons for this creepy feeling felt in the Baoli. While going deeper the sounds totally vanish, only what remains that is an echo of our own footsteps.

As this sound becomes louder in a complete vacuum silence, the atmosphere turns more and more. Screaming of bats and violent of pigeons make Baoli much mystique.

Wall Design and Window:

Agrasen Ki Baoli Design

Sandstone pillared, arched entries, circular walls of Baoli they all give their signs of the medieval period. The structure of Agrasen ki Baoli is totally made with old bricks.

The stones of this Agrasen ki Baoli have already seen centuries of passing time and will probably see a few more. This Baoli is famous for its carefully nature, different wall designs, especially of medieval times.

The walls and windows are made up of boulders and lime plaster. There is the fact that bats can be heard screeching on many nights. This structure of this Baoli was completely made by hand.

Since the introduction of water plumbing in the Baoli are no longer in use in New Delhi and today Agrasen ki Baoli is one of the main tourist attraction.

It is in good condition just because of government funding. The district around the site, which was once run-down, is now decorated with many colorful murals.

Underground Place:

Agrasen Ki Baoli

There are various bays and rooms on all three levels which once would have served the purpose of rest houses and temporary residences by merchants and local residents.

There are lots of underground rooms in Baoli which is remaining closed for the visitors. It is advisable to Not to Visit this Agrasen ki Baoli after Dark and therefore the visiting time in Agrasen Ki Baoli is in between 9 AM to 5 PM.

The existence of paranormal events and the presence of the evil one are controversial and have been discussed every now and then.

The loud and harsh cry of the bats certainly enhances the evil reputation of the Baoli and may play a role in increasing strangeness inside the monument. 

Conclusion:

In this modern era, all these stories are hard to believe. Some call it a black magic while, magic or some call its myth and among all these things who know what’s this strange place has hidden under it.

No, matter what, but Agrasen ki Baoli has shown us that the old and wonderful heritage of our country can be well-preserved by not only ancient facts but also by the stories that revolve around it. The unnatural activities of Baoli are still mysterious.

So if you planning to visit Delhi then you must visit the Agrasen Ki Baoli New Delhi as here you can enjoy many historical buildings and come to know about the past of India.