Lodi Gardens are a real heaven of tranquility in the hustle and bustle of Delhi. Spread over an area of 80 acres, the popular historical park is visited by tourists and locals alike. The gardens get their name from the four monuments of the Lodi dynasty, the last of the Delhi Sultanate. It was developed during the British Period and inaugurated by Lady Willingdon on 9th April in the year 1936.
The monuments around which the Lodhi gardens are laid out date back to 15th and 16th century. The tomb of Mohammed Shah, the last of the Sayyid rulers was built in 1444 by Ala-ud-din Alam Shah to pay a tribute to Muhammed Shah. The Bara Gumbad and the attached mosque were built in 1494 by during the reign of Sikander Lodi. The Sheesh Gumbad or the Glazed Dome was built around the same time but is smaller in size. The tomb of Sikander Lodi was built by Ibrahim Lodi in 1517. It has a striking resemblance to the tomb of Mohammed Shah except for the addition of chhatris along the dome.
Of mention is the ‘Atha pula Bridge’, the bridge of eight pillars. These eight pillars support the seven arches of the bridge under which waters of a lake flow. These waters are inhabited by swans. Go down to the lake for a better view.
Lodhi Gardens boasts of having an excellent collection of trees. Spot species including Neem, Amaltas, Moulshree, Peepal, Bargad, Gulmohar, Ashok, Silver oak, Magnolia etc. the garden is also the abode of birds like Babblers, Parakeets, Mynahs, Kites, Owls, Kingfishers etc.
The gardens has become a hotspot destination for both morning and evening joggers. There is also an open gym in the complex where you can work out. Get to the gardens for walks, a run or simply to spend time with nature.