Lodi Gardens

The whole of South Delhi stands on a former gigantic Muslim necropolis.  As one rushes about one keeps bumping into one crumbling tomb after another.  Some are being preserved; some are fenced off to be maybe one day preserved; some are squatted in; and some are just crumbling among single family homes, or in front of apartment buildings, or in the back of a school or a police station.  When inquired about, they solicit from Delhites the usual philosophical shrug:  “Some generic monument”.  And rightly so:  India has so many.  Nearly every year the decision is made not to preserve this or that — the cruel truth of life is that the past must die simply so that the present can continue.

Some parts of the South Delhi necropolis have been made good use of:  the Delhi Golf Club is laid out among beautiful tombs; and the Lodi Gardens is a pleasure park designed around the tombs of the Lodi Sultans of Delhi.  And laid out well, so that a walker is constantly surprised by new vistas now of this tomb, now that.   In most cases we do not know the names of the rulers buried there.

5 responses

  1. Stunning. And something I knew nothing about. As always, thank you. I shall go away to find out more now!

    December 20, 2010 at 07:34

    • Do that — and let me know if you find something. There’ve got to be better pictures of Lodi Gardens somewhere. The necropolises of Old Hyderabad and Bidar are even more impressive but my photos of them have been made by… disposable camera!

      December 20, 2010 at 12:41

    • Well I would say you have done exceedingly well…they are exceedingly beautiful, especially the headline pic. But I should know more about these than I do :-) Time for a little research.

      December 20, 2010 at 13:37

    • Actually, google images have lots of them, some very good, and only four seem to be mis-accredited (three of the four are photos of the Humayun tomb and one — the sunrise view — of the — what else — Taj):

      here

      December 20, 2010 at 23:18

  2. (It’s a great place. I will be walking there at dawn again soon and I cannot wait).

    December 21, 2010 at 00:14

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