This tomb was built in 1754 in the late Mughal Empire style for Safdarjung wo was prime minister of the Mughal Empire (Wazir ul-Mamlak-i-Hindustan) when Ahmad Shah Bahadur ascended the throne in 1748.
His real name was Abul Mansur Mirza Muhammad Muqim Ali Khan and since a madarsa ran here was called till recently Mansur ka madarsa.
He was the Subadar Nawab of Oudh (the ruler of the Indian state of Oudh, also known as Awadh) from 19 March 1739 to 5 October 1754
The prettiest gateway still existing in Delhi
Inside the gateway
Obviously these young people don’t mind love among the tombs
Mere mehboob kahin aur milakar mujhse
Delhi’s last Monumental tomb
There would be no ticket sales in monuments if not for dating couples!
On all three sides of the tomb a row of rooms and a hall were made. Identical to each other.
This is Jangli Mahal. Probably also used as rest house. Now used by ASI for antiquary
This one was grandly named Badshah pasand. Was the erstwhile ASI Delhi circle office. Guest house for British. Now closed up
This is Moti Mahal and is the office of the horticulture depth!
Similarly on its 4 corners were rooms built in the walls again used as store or offices
Inside one of the side burj
Repairs are going on in #SafdarjungTomb
Traditional lime mortar: mix of chuna, belgiri, gud, urad Dal, gond, sackcloth, gitti and sand
Traditional lime mortar mix let’s a building breathe giving it life of 400+ years.
Cement chokes it ND gives life of 80 years or so
This was called Mansur ka madarsa ( Mansur being Safdarjung ‘s name) and housed a flourishing madarsa.
The lovely mosque. Still functions as a Friday mosque
Mehrab of the mosque
Flower on central arch
In a sad state the once beautiful wuzu Khana for ablutions preparatory to Nawaz
This was once a fountain and decorations would have been similar to the one on the gateway
Mosque is also being repaired