|Lush open space|
|Men resting in the shade in front of Bada Gumbad|
The least you can do to a place you've heard and read thousand times is to harbor some sense of awe. But then, not too far from the entrance my attention was distracted by two foreign toddlers and their mother. The younger of the two sibling was nagging his mother to carry him. The lady nicely told her son in a strong American accent that it was a perfect day and that he must walk like his sister. Soon they settled down at the spacious lawn by the Bada Gumbad and the kids started chasing each other in a playful gesture, accompanied by shrill cries. The mother just sat there smiling, enjoying a perfect day under the Indian sky. They would have been to may gardens around the world, yet I reckon they would have seen nothing like this.
It is an enigmatic place. It is like opening a door to a 16th century world. One can't help but think of how this might have been at its prime. Could people have come here just to take a nap on a hot day? It seems more probable because those days there were no AC's or coolers but only shades and trees to cool them off. And a walk to this garden is like a dose of medicine to renew your mind.
|Shards of light touching the ground|
The slope spreads into a vast greenery. But beneath the lush Carpet of grass lies the remains and crumples of many civilization, buried in time. This place was once the powerhouse of the Lodi dynasty and it was inhabited till 1936, before they were relocated for creating the garden. But Monuments like the Sikandar Tomb has survived the rubs of time in good condition.
|Tourist getting their picture taken|
|Swans relishing in the water (Athpula bridge at the backgound)|
This garden no doubt has faithfully served Delhites for centuries. It is nothing less than the ventilation of the
|Squirrel day out|
|View of Bada Gumbad from Sheesh Gumbad|
|Lovers in each other's company|
|Pillars and sun bathed corridor at Mohammed Shah's Tomb|
|Mohammed Shah's tomb|