Monday, July 12, 2010

Lodhi Garden, New Delhi: Photo feature

Lodhi Garden, located close to India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road is a vast green park in North Delhi. Spread over 90 acres, Lodhi Gaden houses several tombs of Lodhi empire, inside Gumbad, (Gumbaz or small buildings built around the tomb, reminds me of Gol Gumbaz in Bijapur) most of them were built during 15th Century.

I had a free time of couple of hours and I ventured into Lodhi Garden.First thing I noticed was the presence of numerous squirrels and mynas moving freely all around. This immediately reminded me of Agra Fort where I’d seen similar population of squirrels.

  myna-birdsquirrel
squirrels-3  DSC00064

The first major building I saw on entrance was this…Bara Gumbad (probably meant Bada Gumbaz or Lodhi-garden-bara-GumbadBig Dome). There was nothing inside. Each corner was occupied by one couple, who were little worried if I might take their photographs. I had to be conscious not to get them into the frame or give them a feeling of it. The buildings were visibly deteriorated, damages clearly visible all around. But then, they’ve survived 6 centuries and will survive many more. As I moved ahead I realized that this is just one among many such buildings in the garden. The one immediately behind this is called Sheesh Gumbad. A stranger, who identified himself as South African, asked me about the history of these buildings, which I was clueless about. I advised him to refer to the stones(images below) which had details inscribed in them.
 Bara-gumbad-history Bara-Gumbad-mosque A designer chair in Lodhi Garden

Sheesh Gumbad had some designer glasses in its exterior design. However the inside had a series of tombs, with a dog comfortably sleeping on  one of them (look at the right most one) Only one corner of this tomb was not occupied by any love-birds, hence I took liberty of taking a photograph.
sheesh-gumbad-mosque inside-sheesh-gumbad

As I walked across, saw a big group of birds-lots of pigeons, parrots and squirrels feasting on grains. Of the two parakeets I saw, the one had a dark ring across the neck while the other didn’t. Not sure of the difference-male and female may be.(any idea?)
 2-parakeets Green-parakeet

I walked further, spotted a mini fort like structure. This thing houses Sikandar Lodhi’s tomb, surrounded by a garden. The garden was all dug up, understandably under renovation ahead of commonwealth games. The workers were spotted taking a powerful afternoon nap.
sikandar-lodhi-tomb-mosque Sikandar-Lodhi-tomb
nap-time-workers-sleeping-next2-sikandar lodhi tomb art-work

Walking across the walkway takes you to the other exit. Next to Sikandar Lodhi’s garden lies a water body, which is believed to connect to river Yamuna. It also houses a small bridge, called Athpula (8 pillared) which is build on 8 pillars and showcases 7 arches, center one being biggest. The water body is not well maintained and houses dirty stagnant water. Spotted a few birds swimming in the same. A Cormorant just came out of its swim and stood still with its wing spread out, drying itself in the sun.
athpula water-soaked-bord
bird 2-birds
There was still a lot to see and might have spotted few more birds if I had the time and patience, but had to rush back to IHC for work. Do leave your comments.

15 comments:

Nbhat said...

Its a Rose ringed parakeet refer to the link to differentiate between male and female. Male will have pink nape ring.

Sanand said...

Very, very informative and interesting blog you've got here. Following your blog now.

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks N Bhat and Sanand

Anu said...

Nice one! you took me back to my childhood in delhi, which was when i last visited the place..... of course, going there with my grandfather meant that I wasnt allowed to go inside the tomb (which was quite a laugh even then, as i had already visited many other tombs by then!)But its really a peaceful place and its nice to see how peaceful it is even now!

Indrani said...

Great views of the place, I enjoyed seeing your critter captures.

Mridula said...

The rose ringed parakeets look great!

debarpita mohapatra said...

Lovely Shri, good to see you explore places in Delhi...

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hitesh rawat said...

can't remember when was the last time.....i went to Lodhi Garden....

Delhi have a lots of place like these....but as kids grow to be teen...they don't prefer gardens...malls is the new "in" thing..... but i think India Gate and Laal Killa are still a hot place....

nice pictures.......refreshed Lodhi's memories...

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Hitesh,

What are the other places? Do name a few.

Yes, India Gate and Lal Kila look great...

Deb,
:) Still a lot more to explore...

Mridula, Thanks

Indrani, Thanks

Anu, yes, a very peaceful place indeed.

pravin01 said...

Delhi is the heart of India.there are many place for visit.

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Pravin, yes. thanks for dropping by.

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