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Lodi Gardens

Lodi Gardens

LODI GARDENS iS One of Delhi’s most picturesque parks, and a favourite haunt of joggers, yoga enthusiasts, political bigwigs accompanied by their bodyguards, and families who come to picnic on weekends. Landscaped at the behest of Lady Willingdon, the vicereine, in 1936, the park acts as a “green lung” for the people of Delhi. Its tree lined pathways and well-kept lawns and flowerbeds are laid out around the imposing 15th-century tombs of the Sayyid and Lodi dynasties, Delhi’s last sultans. Many of them still have traces of the original turquoise tilework and calligraphy. The elegantly proportioned octagonal Tomb of Muhammad Shah (r.1434-44), the third ruler of the Sayyid dynasty, is said to he the oldest in the garden. The largest of the structures is the Rara Gumbad (“Big Dome”) with an attached mosque built in 1494, and a guesthouse. At the South End Road entrance to the gardens is a lovely stone bridge called Athpula (literally “eight piers”), said to date from the17th century. To its west are ramparts that enclose the Tomb of Sikander Lodi (r.1489-1517).

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