This is possibly the last grand monument built during the Mughal times with the complete set of waterways, char-bagh gardens and ornate big dome that instantly reminds the visitor of Humayun’s Tomb and Taj Mahal. The building sets out in the posh neighborhood of Delhi, almost as a gateway to Late Mughal Times.
The tomb was built in 1754 AD for Safdarjung , the wazir (prime minister) of Mughal Emperor. He was an exceptionally powerful man of his time acting as the independent nawab (ruler) of the famous city of Awadh (Lucknow) that was the cultural centre of rich arts in the 18th century. The tomb is made of red and fawn sandstone with marble fittings and high relief ceilings with rich decoration.
There are various interesting monuments within the garden complex such as the Moti Masjid (Pearl Mosque), Junglee Mahal (Forest Palace, and a hunting lodge) and the Baadshah’s Pasand (The King’s Favorite).
Recently, Ministry of Culture and Tourism has opened the viewing of the tomb till late 9 pm. The tomb is magnificently lit like a mirage in the desert and is a sight to behold.