Lodi Garden

Top choice park in Sunder Nagar, Nizamuddin & Lodi Colony

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Delhi's loveliest escape was originally named after the wife of the British Resident, Lady Willingdon, who had two villages cleared in 1936 in order to landscape a park containing the Lodi-era tombs. Today, these lush, tree-shaded gardens – a favoured getaway for Delhi's elite, local joggers and courting couples – help protect more than 100 species of trees and more than 50 species of birds and butterflies as well as half a dozen or so fabulously captivating 15th-century Mughal monuments.

The twin tombs of Bada Gumbad and Sheesh Gumbad (both 1494), the bulbous Mohammed Shah's tomb (1450) and the fortress-like walled complex of Sikander Lodi's tomb (1518) are the park's most notable structures, but also look for Athpula, an eight-piered bridge spanning a small lake, which dates from Emperor Akbar’s reign.


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