Interestingly, the last of the great Mughal garden-tombs in Delhi was neither made by, nor hosts, a Mughal ruler of Delhi. Safdarjung was the governor of Awadh and a powerful prime minister of Mughal king, Muhammad Shah. It was his son, Shuja-ud-Daulah, who built the tomb in 1754.

You can recognize the classic Mughal onion-shaped dome, the Charbagh (quartered garden) divided by water channels, some inlay work, and the use of sandstone and marble that characterized the Mughal period. The main chamber has a light and airy touch. On the eastern side stands a three-domed mosque. The tomb also has four beautiful pavilions that were used by the aristocratic family that have different names: Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace), Jangli Mahal (Sylven Palace) and Badshah Pasand (Emperor’s Favorite). One of the pavilions houses the Archaeological Survey of India(ASI) office.

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