History buffs have a soft corner for Delhi, India. Every nook and corner of the city has a story to narrate. The capital city has been home to several dynasties and rulers, due to which boasts of legends and beautiful structures, created with excellent craftsmanship. It is rare that you go across the city and do not come across historical structures. These structures are maintained and conserved by the Archaeological Survey of India, a governmental body. One such gorgeous monument is the Safdarjung's Tomb, built during the period 1753-54, under the reign of the Mughal emperor Mohammed Shah for his viceroy Safdarjung. The tomb was also the last Mughal monument, and it marked the decline of the Mughal Empire.
Located at the junction of Safdarjung Road and Aurobindo Marg, the tomb is easily accessible by public or private transport. The closest metro station to the monument is Jor Bagh. You can also find autorickshaws, cabs and buses to reach it. Tour rides are organized frequently by several hotels and private tour companies. There is an entry fee of ₹ 250/- for foreigners. It is possible to book an e-ticket as well, which is non-refundable and non-transferable. For visitors from SAARC and BIMSTEC countries, the entry ticket is ₹ 20/- only.
In July 2019, the Indian culture ministry decided to keep the monument open after sunset so that locals and tourists can enjoy the night viewing as well. This was due to the increased demands of tourists. The move has proved to be great news for travellers as, under the moonlit sky, the monument acquires a breathtaking view. The night walk is quite popular amongst masses owing to less rush. It is advisable to go along with a tour group to enjoy and learn more, especially if you explore the monument at night.
The tomb is a marble and sandstone mausoleum which draws inspiration from Humayun's Tomb in design and style. The main entrance of the monument is two-storied with elaborate design on the facade. The facade is beautifully inscribed with Arabic inscription, which means “When the hero of plain bravery departs from the transitory, may he become a resident of God’s paradise”. The four key features of the monument include the char-bagh approach (mausoleum surrounded by garden from four sides), nine-fold floor, five facade design, and a raised platform with a secret passageway.
So, next time you visit Delhi, you should not miss the last Mughal monument! It is advisable to visit Safdarjung's Tomb during early morning hours or post-sunset to avoid tourist rush. Several research studies were done, and it was revealed that the poor quality material was used in the construction of the monument, which then indirectly lead to the decline of the Mughal Empire.
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