Photographer's Note

When I was traveling on a busy Delhi road, hardly ever I imagined something so beautiful just beside me and hiding behind a old aging wall. When I was being asked by my driver to visit Safdarjang's tomb, I was not sure about the choice. But my feeling was turned in to a pleasant surprise at this place when I was about to enter the main complex. It was in strong contrast to the busty Delhi roads just 10 meters away, its a different world itself.

This tomb was built by Nawab Shujauddaula for his father Mirza Muquim Abul Mansur Khan, entitled Safdarjang, who was governor of Oudh during the reign of the Mughal emporer Muhammad Shah (1719 - 1748 AD). and prime minister during that of his successor Ahmad Shah (1748 - 1754 AD). He died in 1754 AD.

With its high enclosure walls, the charbagh layout of garden, tanks and fountains, and its central domed mausoleum, it follows the tradition of Humayun's tomb and is a good specimen of Mughal garden-tombs. It is aptly described as the last flicker in the lamp of the Mughal architecture at Delhi.

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