Mohammed Shah's Tomb at Lodi Gardens, New Delhi

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Lodi Garden

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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 50 species of birds and butterflies, as well as half a dozen 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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1. Mohammed Shah's Tomb

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Built for the third king of the Sayyid dynasty by his son, this tomb, dating from 1450, is the oldest of the main tombs in Lodi Garden and has a grand…

2. Bada Gumbad

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Dating from 1494, and facing the smaller but similar-in-style Sheesh Gumbad, this is arguably the most impressive building in Lodi Garden, with a…

3. Sheesh Gumbad

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Like Bada Gumbad beside it, Sheesh Gumbad dates from 1494, and is also a huge tomb topped with a dome, though it is unknown who this tomb was built for…

4. Sikander Lodi's Tomb

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Sikander Lodi was a 16th-century ruler of Delhi who reigned for 29 years. His octagonal tomb here in Lodi Garden includes its own walled garden and is the…

5. Tibet House

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Showing valuable Tibetan items brought out of Tibet following Chinese occupation, this forgotten-feeling small museum has a fine collection of jewel-like…

6. Safdarjang’s Tomb

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Built by the Nawab of Avadh for his father, Safdarjang, this grandiose, highly decorative mid-18th-century tomb, set within palm-lined gardens, is an…

7. Gandhi Smriti

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This poignant memorial to Mahatma Gandhi is in Birla House. He was shot dead on the grounds by a Hindu zealot on 30 January 1948, after campaigning…

8. Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum

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In the residence of controversial former prime minister Indira Gandhi is this interesting museum devoted to her life and her political-heavyweight family…