Friday, March 9, 2012

Bada Gumbad at Lodhi Gardens

March 8, 2012

Opposite(-ish) the Sheesh Gumbad is the Bada Gumbad, also another tomb. This one, however, is a tomb and mosque complex.

I feel like I so belong in this pic! hehe (Taken by Kevin)

(Exact description): This imposing building, which is believed to be a gateway, dates from the time of the Lodi dynasty (1451-1526). Measuring 19 meters by 19 meters and 27 meters high, this is one of the biggest and finest examples of the Lodi period monuments in Delhi. A typical feature is that from the outside, the building appears to have two storeys. The main material used is grey quartzite with some other stones used for decorative touches--such as red sandstone on the doorways and a combination of red, grey and black stone on the facade. The interior is very plain, and the stone finish is un-plastered and mostly un-carved.

My take: It also feels like the temples in Angkor. Of course, in a different light. And structure. But you know, it gives you a sense of "old" and "heritage" and "history". Like a glimpse on what it was like before. And the good thing about these monuments is that they are located in a park/garden that has free entrance. It's like, if you wanna jog, it's like a great place to do so. Serene, calm, birds, ponds. Greens, flowers, colors. :)

Panoramic view of the Lodhi Garden with the two tombs

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