The people of India have high respects for the afterlife. Such value and reverence are evident in the beautiful tombs that have stood the test of time. Such beauties can then be found in the many mausoleums of India. The Safdarjung Tomb in particular is a grand architectural structure built in Mughal style on a garden with lush greens separated by pathways set in rectangular patterns. It is said to be the ‘the last flicker in the lamp of Mughal architecture’. Today, it is hard to find architecture similar in nature after the collapse of the empire.
This immensely beautiful structure was built for Safdarjung, the prime minister who effectively ruled India when Muhammad Shah became weak. Safdarjung is known for his numerous contributions to India’s history as several prominent landmarks are named after him. The Safdarjung airport and the Safdarjung Hospital are but some of which. Like any other Mughal architecture, the tomb is composed of a huge central dome on a rectangular structure with several pavilions and living quarters.
From the outside, visitors can marvel at the proportions at which the tomb was built on. Because the sight is seen in quite a difficult position, some critics find the proportion ‘inelegant’. To the common eyes however, many visitors still admire its grandeur. The tomb is set on a garden where water canals lead to the building making it the perfect restful sanctuary for the soul.
Visitors get immediately transformed upon the entrance as they enter the arched gateway. An interesting library in the gateway guides tourist on the tomb’s rich history. Inside the structure, there are several attractions to check out such as the Moti Mahal or the “Pearl Palace”, the Badshah Pasand or the King’s Favorite, and the Jangli Mahal or the Palace in the Woods, to a name a few.
The Safdarjung Tomb is also a favorite destination among photographers. There is a certain charm that draws photography enthusiasts to this place. From a photographer’s point of view, there is definitely no bad angle in this majestic structure.
The best time to visit the tomb is from February to April and September to November when the temperature ranges from 20 to 30 degrees Celsius. The site is gorgeous at any time of the day. It is accessible though different modes of transportation like taxis, rickshaws and metro rail. There are fees to be collected when you enter the gate but all is worth the cost. The quiet and tranquil space surprises most visitors as they can walk in silence and in a leisurely pace without fear of bumping with another tourist. It is a place often overlooked by tour groups thus the minimal crowds.
Tourists who want to explore the off-beaten path should consider visiting the Safdarjung Tomb. It is a very interesting place to explore especially to those who are interested in the intricate and elaborate details of architecture. The tree-lined perimeter adds grandeur to a relatively small area as the blooming garden adds a visually pleasant element to an already magnificent view. These are design elements that inspire craftsmanship and artistry seldom found in modern design elements.