Safdarjung's Tomb

Safdarjung's Tomb is a sandstone and marble monument enclosing the interment space or burial chamber of the Nawab Safdarjung – who was an important member at the Mughal court during the final years of the Mughal empire, and had also acted as Nawab Vazier (minister) of Awadh (in current Lucknow).

The monument is spacious and has an imposing presence, with domed and arched red brown and white coloured structures. It is one of the popular spots in Delhi for tourism, photography due to its historical significance and architectural beauty.


Safdarjung’s tomb was built in 1754 in the late Mughal Empire style for Nawab Safdarjung. It is situated in Delhi, India. 

Safdarjung, Nawab of Oudh, was made prime minister of the Mughal Empire (Wazir ul-Mamlak-i-Hindustan) when Ahmed Shah Bahadur ascended the throne in 1748. A d after he died, the tomb was built by his son Nawab Shujaud Daula, to commemorate him.

It was designed by an Abyssininan architect, and was built by Bilal Muhammad Khan. The total cost of building it was rupees three lakhs. Safdarjung’s tomb was the last monumental tomb garden built during the Mughal empire.


The tomb was designed to be built like an enclosed garden tomb which was in line with the style of the Humayun’s tomb. The slabs from another tomb during that time, that belonged to Abdul Rahim Khankhana, were apparently used in the construction of Safdarjung’s tomb.

Safdarjung’s tomb has four key features:

Additional Information for Visitors

Safdarjung’s tomb is open on all days, from 7 am to 6 pm.

An entry fee of 15 INR is charged per adult (for Indians) and INR 200 (for foreigners).

There is no extra fee for clicking pictures here, but a fee of 25 INR may apply if one wants to film videos or use video camera.

The tomb is situated at around 11.4 km away from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport, and at a distance of 16.4 km from Delhi Junction (inter-city train station). The nearest metro station from the tomb is Jor Bagh Metro Station.

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