Located close to the Jor Bagh metro station, Safdarjung Tomb is one of the few monuments in town that’s not super-crowded, is very well-maintained, and is a great place for multiple photo-ops as well. If you’re a lover of architecture and photography, you should definitely drop by.
Also known as ‘Safdarjung Ka Maqbara’, the marble and sandstone mausoleum was constructed in 1754 as a tomb for Abul-Mansur Khan (also known as Safdarjung). It’s also the last monumental tomb garden of the Mughals, built a lot like Humayun’s Tomb.
The compound of Safdarjung tomb houses a three-dome mosque, an underground chamber with the graves of Safdarjung and his wife, and the pavilions where the Archaeological Survey of India now has an office and a library. The ASI has recently installed 213 led lights at the tomb as part of its architectural illumination project and the tomb is lit up every day from 7:30 PM to 11 PM. Does it look exquisite? You bet!
The main tomb is surrounded by manicured gardens, fountains, and has a water canal flowing through the compound. Safdarjung tomb is any photographer’s delight, especially for those who love taking balanced, architectural photos. The tomb also has a lot of interesting details like Arabic inscriptions on the walls and carved ceilings.
Safdarjung Tomb is open for the public all seven days of the week from 7 AM - 5 PM. Entry for Indian tourists is set at INR 15 while foreign tourists need to pay INR 200 to enter the tomb. One can click photos free of charge at the tomb, but you'll have to shell out INR 25 for videography.