Safdarjung's Tomb and its Surroundings

One of the most important roads to fall in New Delhi’s heritage route is Lodi Road. At its eastern end stands one of the three UNESCO World Heritage sites in Delhi, Humayun’s Tomb. At its western end is another remarkable tomb, that of the Mughal nobleman Safdarjung. Opposite Safdarjung’s Tomb, in the neighbourhood of Jor Bagh and its adjacent Aliganj, are more tombs—including Najaf Khan’s Tomb—and two major centres of Shia pilgrimage, the Dargah Shah-e-Mardan and the Karbala enclosure. Also within easy range of the Safdarjung-Lodi Road area are three contemporary memorials to three unforgettable statesmen of twentieth-century India. These are namely the Gandhi Smriti, the Indira Gandhi Memorial, and the Teen Murti Bhavan (dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, Indira Gandhi, and Jawaharlal Nehru repectively). Following this route is a rewarding trip through time, spanning more than two centuries while honouring those great people of independent India whose presence left a permanent mark not only on the city but across the globe.

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