The Lodhi Garden is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India which is located along Lodhi Road and south of Connaught Place. The Lodhi Gardens actually possesses a portion of the monuments that date back to the 15th and 16th century. Today however, not only do visitors stroll around the garden pathways but they also check out the many attractions this park has to offer.
If there is one reason why the Lohdi Garden is flooded with people, it will be because of the National Bonsai Park. The bonsai park contains the largest and most unique collection of small trees in the country. Most people visit the park grounds during the morning and early evening. Most locals recommend visiting the park after sunset since the air is cooler and the monumental tombs are lighted up. Sports enthusiasts then come to the gardens to jog or take brisk walks amidst the manicured greenery and finely decorated monuments.
The Lodhi Garden was originally a village that contained monuments and tombs from the past reigning dynasties such as Sayyid and the Lodhi. However, in 1936, the people of the village were forced to give up the land and relocate to another area so that the gardens could be built.
In the middle of the Lodhi Garden, visitors can view a large dome known as the Bara Gumbad. The dome also serves as a square-shaped tomb that was created in the late 15th century. Today, the tomb is covered by a massive dome decorated with black and gray stones while the insides of the dome are covered with stuccowork.
Shish Gumbad is another tomb that can be found inside the Lodhi Gardens grounds. Contrary to the rather dull appearance of the Bara Gumbad, the Shish Gumbad is a glazed dome with traces of shiny blue tiles which was originally used centuries ago. The internal decoration of the dome on the other hand, has intricate inscriptions taken from the Koran.
Another tomb found within the garden grounds is the tomb of Muhammad Shah which is octagonal in shape. The tomb was built during the reign of the Sayyid dynasty and is located southwest of the Bara Gumbad. This particular tomb is surrounded by elegant verandas and pointed arches. High walls protect the tomb of Muhammad Shah along with a square-shaped garden to finish the look. Another tomb with the same octagonal shape is the tomb of Sikandar Lodi which contains a central chamber enclosed by a garden. Visitors of the gardens will also not miss the ornamental bridge known as the Athpula which is located on the northwest side of the park.
Aside from the historical tombs and monuments, the Lodhi Garden is also home to different bird species that can be seen resting on the grounds. The trees and lush greenery surrounding the area makes the Lodhi Garden a perfect oasis for these flying creatures. Other small mammals such as squirrels can also be spotted.
Today, the Lodhi Gardens are considered to be historical sites since the monuments and tombs that can be found in the area are said to be the last remaining architectural pieces of the Lodhi and Sayyid dynasties. Locals and tourists alike will find the atmosphere of the park peaceful and relaxing with just the right amount of historical value. The park grounds are open daily from 5am to 8pm and admission is free, so make sure to find time to visit this lovely area in New Delhi.