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Safdarjung Masjid

True Reflection of Mughal Elegance

Designed in an elegant mix of Red Sandstone and White marble, the three-domed Safdarjung Masjid reflects the rich Mughal designs that were prevalent during the 16th century. Ideally located at the intersection of Safdarjung Road and Aurobindo Marg, the complex attracts a large number of visitors on a daily basis.

Often described as the last flicker in the lamp of Mughal architecture, Safdarjung Masjid forms a part of Safdarjung’s tomb, which was built in 1754. The sandstone and marble mausoleum has been designed in Mughal empire style. Safdarjung Masjid attracts a large number of visitors owing to its unique design and styling.

The mosque, which used to attract a large number of devotees in the earlier days, is relevant from a visitor’s perspective now. Regular prayers are not offered at this mosque as it has been declared as a protected monument by Archaeological Survey of India. The tomb complex reflects true Mughal architectural and attracts regular tourists and key historians who often visit the place to understand and interpret architectural designs from a new perspective.

Architecture of Safdarjung Masjid

The Masjid has three domes, all of similar design and styling. All of them are placed within the tomb complex on the right side of the entrance gate of the tomb complex. Primarily built of red sandstone, the masjid has a unique Mughal touch in design and style. Lower level in the Safdarjung mosque has a wazukhana and some rooms which were used as Madrasas in earlier days.

Mable and sandstone has been used extensively in construction of Safdarjung Masjid. The mosque is well-maintained because it is protected by Archaeological Survey of India. A well maintained garden too adds elegance to the tomb complex which houses the Safdarjung Masjid.

The original plan of the architects was to design the entire complex including the Masjid in white marble. However, owing to lack of funds the idea of using red sandstone surfaced and a mix of marble and red sandstone was used in the process. The mosque is located on the eastern edge of the tomb complex and is the first monument within the complex to greet the visitors.

Regular prayers are not held at the Masjid complex. The three-domed Masjid is built on the same podium that leads to the main tomb complex. Earlier, the Nawab’s family used to reside in the complex and visit the Masjid on a regular basis.

Where to Eat

The mosque complex does not have any eatery and food has to be brought along when coming to the Mosque. However, as the mosque lies within the popular Safdarjung tomb complex, local eateries line the tomb complex where choicest cuisine of the region can be tasted.

Useful Tips for Tourists

The mosque is open throughout the week and is located at the intersection of Safdarjung Road and Aurobindo Marg.  The tomb complex houses a mosque, which is located within walking distance of Jor Bagh metro station.
An entry fee of Rs 5 for Indian tourists and Rs 100 for foreign tourists is charged before entry into the tomb complex is allowed. Photography charges too are applicable at the tomb complex.

How to Reach

By Air

All major airlines fly to and from Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, connecting it to all other parts of India as well as global cities.

By Train

There are three railway stations in Delhi, making it easy to get here from all parts of the world. Old Delhi Railway Station, New Delhi Railway Station and Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station are the three railway stations here.

By Road

Many state and national highways connect Delhi to other parts of the country. Sarai Kale-Khan Bus Terminus, Anand Vihar Bus Terminus or Inter State Bus Terminus connects Delhi to all parts of the country.

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