Lodi Gardens

Lodi Gardens sprawl across 90 acres of land in the capital of India, New Delhi. This place contains the tombs of Muhammad Shah as well as Sikander Lodi. An important heritage site, this place is also a beautiful tourist site to visit on a nice, bright day. There is very little architecture which survives from this period, which is why the Lodi Gardens are important as a heritage site. When is Delhi, this place must be visited in order to experience the beauty of the bygone days.

Travel Tips

Do not visit Lodi Gardens during the monsoons. The rains will make the gardens muddy and unpleasant to walk on. The perfect season to visit would be during the spring or the autumn months. Entry here is free.

When to visit

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Things to do

Lodi Gardens contain architectural work from the fifteenth century, by the Sayyid and the Lodhis, which were two Afghan dynasties ruling part of north Indian subcontinent between 1451 and 1526. There is very little architecture which has survived from these two dynasties, which is what makes the Lodi Gardens an important heritage site.

Muhammad Shah’s tomb is one of the earliest in this garden. It is an octagonal chambers, and it has been beautified with additions such as Chajjis on the roof of the tomb, as well as guldastas adorning the corners of the tomb in the inside. It was built in 1444 by Ala-ud-din Alam Shah, as a tribute to Muhammad Shah. Sikander Lodi’s tomb is almost similar to that of Muhammad Shah’s except it does not have the chattris as embellishments. His tomb was built by Ibrahim Lodi, his son. Built in 1517, there are subtle differences between this tomb and the previous one, which marks the slight but significant individualities of the architecture of these two dynasties.

The Bada Gumbad is a huge dome, which is constructed entirely out of rubble, and which has been built at the centre of the Lodi Gardens. The Bada Gumbad forms a gateway to a mosque, which in turn has three domes. These two structures were built under the patronage of Sikander Lodi in 1494. The Sheesh Gumbad literally translates into the Glass dome, and was made with glazed tiles. This place houses the tombs of an unknown family. Apart from the two main tombs and these domes, there are a few other structures which are noteworthy in the Lodi Gardens.

There seems to be a residence in the Gardens, close to the Mosque, which also has the remains of an old, ancient water-tank near it, and there is also an Athpula, or an eight peired bridge near Sikander’s Tomb.

Lodi Gardens might be an important heritage site, because it has the remnants of an architectural style which can barely be found anywhere else, but there were several other renovations done by the other empires which came after these two Afghan Dynasties. After the Mughals conquered them, there were renovations which were done by various Mughal rulers, and these additions are distinct in Lodi Gardens. The British rulers had also undertaken some of the renovation at this site, and these too, are distinct.

Places to Stay

High-Range: velvet Apple is a luxurious hotel, with beautiful, spacious rooms, all the basic amenities intact, several comfortable provisions as well as friendly staff. The room rates here begin from 6,600 INR. Another good hotel to opt for is Falcon Suites. Room rates here start from 7,100 INR.

Mid-Range: Hotel Star View is a good, affordable option, with a variety of rooms to pick from, all of which are clean, comfortable and equipped with all the necessities. The room rates here begin from 1,500 INR. Hotel Pooja Palace is also a good option with a good array of clean, comfortable rooms. The hotel also offers Wi-Fi services, and laundry services. Room rates begin from 1,700 INR. 

Low-Range: Hotel Vishesh Continental is a budget hotel which provides the basic amenities, plus facilities such as free parking and internet services, and also laundry options. The room rates here begin from 900 INR. Hotel Jyoti Deluxe also offers the same provisions, and the room rates here start from 990 INR.

How to Reach

  • After reaching Delhi by air, you can opt for the metro to take you to Lodi Gardens.
  • After reaching Delhi by train, the nearest metro station to this site is JNL Stadium, and the site itself is very close to the International Centre.
  • You can take an auto rickshaw or a hired cars to this site as well.

Surrounding Attractions

Khan Market is very close to this site, as is Safdarjung’s Tomb. Both these places should be visited, in order to truly experience Delhi, its culture and its history.

Important Numbers

Phone number: 011 2464 7005