It is quite a long 8 kilometres distance from Qutub Minar to Lodhi Garden, Delhi. It was a weekend and it was Delhi, so naturally roads were over-crowded and Delhi’s traffic again played a villain and 10 minutes distance turned into 25 minutes. It was around 6 pm and I was afraid that Lodhi Garden might be closed but Sandra gave me a relief telling that Lodhi Garden remains open till late evening and she was absolutely right. People were enjoying, some were jogging, some were exercising, some were playing disc throw; in short, it was a lively atmosphere there charged with enthusiasm. Lodhi Garden, Delhi is a huge park covering over 90 acres of land. It’s not just a garden; it incorporates four medieval structures – Shisha Gumbad, Sikander Lodi’s tomb, Bada Gumbad and Mohammad Shah’s tomb. All these monuments date back to the 15th century.
The Mausoleum of Mohammad Shah is the oldest building in the garden. It was constructed in 1444 AD by Alauddin Alam Shah to pay homage to Mohammad Shah, the last Sayyed ruler. It is an octagonal cubical featured with ‘chhajjas’ and ‘Guldastas’. Tomb of Sikander Lodi is little akin to Mohammad shah’s and it was produced by his son and last sultan of Delhi from ‘Lodi Empire’; Ibrahim Lodi in 1517 AD. Babur defeated him in the first battle of Panipat and founded Mughal Empire. It is an uncomplicated rectangular complex surrounded by walls. British revitalized it and placed an inscription in 1866 AD depicting Lodi’s overthrow by Babur.
This garden has been used since medieval era for various purposes. During Akbar’s reign, it played the role of an observatory and Library. During Britons, it was cultivated by Lady Willingdon and hence, it was baptized as ‘Lady Willingdon Park’ in 1936. Its present name was given after independence. There is a small booklet available to understand the history of the garden, monuments and birds. Since 2005, this park is accessible for common people as a garden and picnic spot. Bara Gumbad stands exactly in the middle of the garden. Right in front of it stands Sheesh Gumbad composed of glazed tile. Thus, Lodhi Garden, Delhi is a remarkable mixture of nature and history. Thanks to the Archaeological Survey of India for all these knowledgeable information etched outside every monument. It was getting dark and it was time to go to Sandra’s home.