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.