The Garden Guide

Book: C.M Villiers Stuart Gardens of the Great Mughals
Chapter: Chapter 5 Gardens of the Plains - Delhi

Safdar Jang Tomb Garden

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Between Humayuns tomb and the Ridge another great dome stands out conspicuously. This is the tomb of Safdar Jang, Nawab Wazir of Oudh. He died in 1754. The mausoleum is therefore just two hundred years later than that of Humayun, and almost contemporary with the beautiful Palace of Deeg. Safdar Jangs garden still keeps the ancient form: the central tomb, the four watercourses, and the four buildings to which they lead; one of which is, as usual, a fine entrance gateway; the others in this case are pavilions, and living rooms built into the walls. The octagonal corner towers are still to be seen; and the garden was once full of fruit trees; but the water-ways have changed. Instead of the small fountain basins, the great tanks, and the raised walks of brick or stone with the canal running down between them, the paths are now on the general level of the garden, while the canal itself has become four oblong tanks, one on each side of the mausoleum. These are raised above the paths and still further edged with a stone border about a foot high, so that almost half of the charm of its reflection is lost. The style, however, is still pleasing, and is well suited to the climate; but, on the other hand, it has become rather a cold, dull formality, different from the variety and adaptability of the earlier designs.