|Opening Times||:||6am – 7:30pm|
|Location||:||Lodhi Rd, Lodhi Gardens, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi, Delhi 110003|
|Nearest Metro||:||Jor Bagh|
Situated near the Lodhi Colony in New Delhi, this public park stretches across 90 acres. A favourite amongst local fitness freaks, you’ll often see joggers here in the early morning and cooler evenings along with groups doing yoga and other activities.
Named for the Lodhi dynasty who ruled in northern India from the late 14th century to early 15th century, the park includes various examples of Lodhi architecture, reminiscent to that of the tomb and mosque of Isa Khan which can be found in the grounds of Humayun’s tomb and Chahar Bagh.
From the main entrance, you are lead into the park by a bridge over the small manmade lake.
If you didn’t know about the Lodhi Gardens beforehand, the first glimpse of a tomb would probably surprise you – the ruins are an imposing feature of the landscape, often hidden from view by trees until you get a bit closer.
The oldest of the 5 tombs here belongs to Muhammad Shah Sayyid, the 3rd monarch of his dynasty. Built in 1444, this 8-metre-wide octagon is a perfect blend of Lodhi and Hindu architecture and has been relatively well preserved as there is little architecture from this period remaining in India.
Along with the tombs, there is also 2 mosques, Bada Gumbad and Sheesh Gumbad (although the latter is suspected by some historians to also be a tomb).
Towards the end of the 15th century, 2 villages sprang up around the monuments and were thriving until the 1930’s when the British kicked them out in order to landscape the gardens, naming the park “Lady Willingdon Park” after the person who oversaw the landscaping efforts. It was later renamed Lodhi Gardens after Independence.
Bonus picture of a dog, because you can never have enough dog pictures.
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