Photographer's Note

Safdarjung was the Governor of Oudh or Awadh (a region in the center of the modern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh) in 1754. He was honored with the title by Muhamud Shah, the Mughal Emperor. Ahmed Shah later made him the Wazir (a high-ranking political, and sometimes religious advisor or minister, often to a Muslim monarch )of the Mughal Empire.

The tomb of Safdarjung in Delhi was built in 1753-1754 by Nawab Shujauddaulah, the son of Safdarjung. The tomb was built in red. There are two graves here, one of Safdarjung and the other apparently his wife's. The square central chamber of the mausoleum is surrounded by eight rooms all around. All the apartments, except the corner ones are rectangular in shape, the corner ones being octagonal. The dome of the tomb rises from a sixteen-sided base. On either side of the Safdarjung tomb are beautiful pavilions, known as "Moti Mahal" or the pearl palace, "Jangli Mahal" or the sylvan palace and "Badshah Pasand" or the emperor's favorite.

Representing the last phase of the Mughal style of architecture, Safdarjung's Tomb stands in the centre of an extensive garden. Built in 1753 by Nawab Shauja-ud-Daula to house the remains of his father, who was a minister in the Mughal Court, the tomb is referred to as the "Last flicker in the lamp of Mughal Architecture".The tomb stands on a high terrace surrounded by an extensive walled garden. It makes a pleasant retreat from the urban bustle.

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