About 3 kms. to the west of Humayun's tomb and adjoining the India
International Center are the Lodi Gardens, where the tombs of
Sayyaid and Lodi rulers are built.
About the garden
Established in the 15th and the 16th centuries by the Sayyids and
Lodis, the vast grounds of Lodi Garden are famous among the joggers
of the nearby areas. Carefully kept gardens and the medieval
monuments lend a charm to these gardens. In 1968, J A Stein and
Garrett Eckbo re-landscaped these gardens giving them their present
beautified forms. The several tombs situated in the garden belong to
the Lodi and Sayyid era and include Muhammad Shah's Tomb and
Sikander Lodi's tomb. Muhammad Shah (1434-44) was the third ruler of
Sayyid dynasty. His tomb has been built in a typical octagonal
pattern with a central octagonal chamber, verandahs, three arched
openings on each side and a sloping buttress at each angle of the
structure. Inspired by Mubarak Shah's tomb, this tomb has a more
compact plan, high dome, matching chhatris and better proportions.
In the middle of the gardens is the Bara Gumbad and Sheesh Gumbad.
The Bara Gambad (Big Dome) consists of a large rubble-construct
dome, a three domed masjid (mosque) and a residence surrounding a
central courtyard, where the remains of a water tank can be seen.
Opposite the Bara Gambad is the Sheesh Gambad, which contains the
remains of some unknown family.
Today Lodhi Garden is a favourite haunt of joggers, fitness
enthusiasts and morning walkers. The garden is equally popular among
young couples and old age people.
Lodhi Garden is a fine picnic spot. You can travel to Lodhi Garden
for a leisurely stroll or just to bask in the winter sun. The garden
offers peaceful and tranquil environs away from the hustle bustle of
the city life.