We shall now once again take you to the city of monuments, forts and memorials—Delhi. During the Muslim reigns, the emperors, queens and saints equally found their respect among the citizens of the empire. Their lives were respected and prestigiously held up after their death through their tombs. A large number of culture-lovers go to Delhi every year to explore the history of famous lives through the tombs. Shah Alam’s Tomb in Delhi is one such rendition of history.
Shah Alam was a famous saint who rose to prominence during the rule of Feroze Shah Tughlaq in 14th century. History says Shah Alam’s Tomb was erected by Feroze Shah Tughlaq himself after Shah Alam’s death. This tomb is located at the crossing of Outer Ring Road and Loni Road in the locale of Wazirabad near the banks of Yamuna River. The site of the tomb may take you by surprise initially as you stroll down slightly ahead of Timarpur area and spot some partially worn-out structures of the medieval era. Besides the tomb of Shah Alam, there is a mosque with three domes.
As you step into the premises of the tomb, you might be haunted back to the period in 14th century when Timur the Lame moored in this area before crossing Yamuna River at a critical juncture of time. The simple but elegant architecture of Shah Alam’s Tomb will also please you. We should also add that after visiting this tomb, you can also hop around the nearby attractions in Delhi.
Architecture of Shah Alam's Tomb:
Shah Alam’s Tomb in Delhi stands as a symbol of homage to the famous saint of 14th century. What attracts the tourists to Shah Alam's Tomb is the architectural splendor and intricate designs of the tomb.
- Besides the tomb of Shah Alam, you will find a mosque with three domes that rest on 12 pillars
- There is a chamber for prayer which is sliced by five arches and is two-bay deep.
- You may also spot a tiny chamber in the mosque, which was built for the use by women. The delicate and elaborate screens of the chamber are testimony to the structural perfection of the tomb.
- The square-shaped tomb of the saint was built in the courtyard of the mosque
- There is also a bridge with nine arches that was built over a nullah. The oldest bridge of Delhi, it was built of rubble so that it could resist Yamuna River's water from entering the drain.
Fast - Facts:
Wazirabad locality. You have to reach the crossing of Outer Ring Road and Loni Road to visit Shah Alam’s Tomb.
Built By: Feroz Shah Tughlaq When was it was built: 14th century
A tiny chamber for women in the mosque which has intricate screens displaying the architectural beauty of the site.
How to Reach:
You can reach this tomb by boarding any of the buses from any point of Delhi. You can also hire a cab or an auto-rickshaw or even avail of the metro rail.
Nearest International Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport
Nearest Metro Station: Kashmiri Gate
Nearest Railway Station: Old Delhi Railway Station
Open: On all seven days of the week
Shah Alam’s Tomb in Delhi will impress you with its architecture and the legendary tale of the saint, Shah Alam who grew popular during Feroze Shah Tughlaq’s reign in the medieval period.
As you come to Delhi, you must visit Shah Alam’s Tomb. You may also try out exploring various other nearby Attractions of Shah Alam’s Tomb.
- Coronation Durbar Site- This is a Coronation Memorial which is located in northern part of Delhi at a distance of 20 kilometers from Connaught Place. It has a sandstone pillar where the British held courts in 1877, 1903 and 1911.
- Majnu ka Tila is located on the bank of Yamuna River. You can spot this site on the Grand Trunk Road just ahead of Khyber Pass. His gurudwara was built to observe the visit of Guru Nanak, who founded the Sikh religion, to Delhi in 15th century.
- Shalimar Bagh- In the Shalimar Bagh locale, this garden is located near BH block and the Haiderpur villages. Locally known as Sheesh Mahal Park, this garden was laid by Shah Jahan, the Mughal Emperor, in 1653.
- Missionaries of Charity and Nirmal Hriday- Founded by Mother Teresa, these homes house several destitutes, vagabonds and children.
- You must drop in at the shopping venues like Kamla Nagar Market, Model Town Market, Mukherji Nagar Market and Ashok Vihar Market