Delhi is dotted with Mughal-era architecture. Have you ever wondered what the monuments looked like before the Mughals arrived? Join a heritage walk on February 11 at the Lodhi Gardens to know about the pre-Mughal era architecture. The Lodhi Gardens in Delhi is not only a landscaped city garden but also encloses within itself some rare gems of Indian architectural heritage. It is one of the few places that still contains monuments from the pre-Mughal era. There is a tomb dedicated to Mohammed Shah, the last of the Sayyid dynasty rulers, and another to Sikander Lodi, father of Ibrahim Lodi (the ruler who was defeated by Babur to establish the Mughal dynasty in India). Other 15th century monuments include the Bada Gumbad and mosque, Shisha Gumbad and others.
The history of the park is also no less interesting. It is believed that Emperor Akbar used the garden as an observatory and had built a library to house documents. The park was landscaped by Lady Willingdon, wife of Governor-General of India, Marquess of Willingdon. Called the Lady Willingdon Park, it was inaugurated in April 1936. It was renamed Lodhi Gardens after 1947.
Take in the sights and learn the history of this fascinating city park through a Heritage Walk
organised by YES Bank’s YES Institute. The Institute, through its YES Culture initiative, works to promote, develop and conserve India’s cultural heritage. The walk will be held on February 11 at 8.30am
. The Walk will be conducted by INTACH’s Delhi chapter, which has worked with the Archaeological Survey of India for the restoration of the monuments here. Register early by writing to email@example.com