Lodhi Gardens is a peaceful place apart from the hustle and bustle of Delhi. The park connects several important landmarks: Lodhi’s tomb, Lodhi Road, Chandni Chowk and the Jumna River. Although it has been here since 1600, it was damaged during the 1857 Mutiny. It took almost two decades to restore this green oasis and make it safe for travellers once again.
Some more information about the gardens can be found in our blog post “The Mysterious History Of Lodhi Gardens”.
History Of Lodhi Gardens
Lodhi Gardens existed way back in 1600. There is no doubt that Lodhi Gardens was the first garden in Delhi. The city did not have any green space around it and the area between the Red Fort and Jama Masjid was a wasteland called Shahdara. All Muslims walked from Jama Masjid to Red Fort, so early Muslims saw their garden as a place for meditation, relaxation and relaxation of all people who were working hard during those days. They named the area “Gardens of Paradise” because of its rich beauty and natural serenity.
The Architecture of Lodhi Garden
This historic park is divided into two parts. The eastern part is the oldest and is called “Mahtab Bagh” or moonlight garden. It has a beautiful tomb, which is one of the most famous landmarks in Lodhi Garden. There are four graves in this tomb, but no one knows the truth about whom lies buried here.
Some people believe that this tomb contains the remains of Sikander Lodhi, while others say that it also houses some other king named Bahlul Lodhi, who never conquered Delhi as Sikander Lodhi did. It was built around 1597 by Dilawar Khan, who was permitted by Emperor Akbar to build a garden from this area overlooking the river Jumna.
Things To Do In Lodhi Gardens
Lodhi Gardens is a well-known tourist spot located in the heart of Delhi. Lodhi Gardens is well-known for its variety of rare and exotic plants, a magnificent statue of Mahatma Gandhi, and a deer park. The garden has a wide collection of trees including Mango, Jamun, Neem, Peepal and Banyan.
Famous Places To Visit Near Lodhi Garden
Lodhi Gardens is a peaceful place apart from the hustle and bustle of Delhi. The park connects several important landmarks: Lodhi’s tomb, Lodhi Road, Chandni Chowk and the Jumna River.
1) Lodi’s Tomb:
Lodi Gardens is known among visitors for its unusual green grassy lawn that is surrounded by shady trees. This lawn is very popular among the visitors who come here just to spend some relaxing time with their families or friends also or to enjoy their afternoon tea.
2) Shish Gumbad:
The minaret-like structure of the Shish Gumbad was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his son Aurangzeb, who was also buried here. The shrine stands tall with a golden dome and has two tall rectangular windows that were made to look like eyes.
3) Khan Market:
Khan Market is open on all days except Sunday. This place is famous for selling a wide range of items including shoes, accessories, garments and also other household items. It is located right next to the Jama Masjid.
4) Red Fort:
The Red Fort is a popular landmark in Old Delhi. It was built by Emperor Shah Jahan and also has a rich history as it served as the residence for the Mughal rulers for over a century. This fort is open on all days except Friday and Saturday from January 1 to March 31 every year from 9 AM to 6 PM.
5) Purana Quila
The Old Fort was built by Rudra Pratap in the 7th century. This fort is known for its magnificent architecture and the beautiful carvings and designs on the wall of the palace. Moreover, the Purana Quila is open on all days except Monday from 9 AM to 6 PM.
6) Safdarjung Tomb:
Safdarjung was the Viceroy of Awadh during Nawab Wazid Ali Shah’s rule. The tomb was built in 1753 after his death by his son Shuja-ud-daula, who later became the Mughal Emperor as well.
Best Time To Visit
Lodhi Gardens is open on all days except on Monday. Lodhi Garden opens from 9.00 AM to 6:30 PM. In Fact, this garden has a lot of green covers and is spread over an area of about 20 hectares, including a deer park and a children’s park. The garden is quiet and peaceful and also the ideal place for strolling in the evenings and mornings. People who suffer from asthma should not visit this garden because it might cause breathing problems because of its high pollution level.
The parking facilities in Lodhi Garden are very limited as compared to other tourist spots in Delhi.
Lesser Known Facts about Lodhi Garden
- It has a beautiful view of the aerial tramway that connects with the Rajiv Chowk and the Laxmi Nagar.
- Lodhi Gardens was badly damaged during the 1857 Mutiny.
- Also, It is one of only two Mughal Gardens in Delhi that have survived to this day.
- The wonderful view you get from here towards the Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Old Delhi is so breathtaking that most people spend hours just taking in all the beauty and serenity offered by Lodhi Garden.
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