Lodhi garden…my healer, my friend and my advisor…surprised!!!… read on..
Lodhi Garden is a little green oasis in the heart of Delhi. It is situated between Khan Market and Safdarjang’s Tomb on Lodhi Road. It is not only a garden but also an important historic site..housing tombs and other structures from the Lodhi and Sayyed dynasties.
Originally Lodhi Garden was a village surrounding monuments surviving from the Lodhi and Sayyed dynasties, but the villagers were relocated in 1936 in order to create the garden. During the British times the garden went under the name of Lady Willingdon Park, which was reverted back to being Lodi garden after independence. In 1968, the gardens were spruced and relandscaped by JA Stein and Garrett Eckbo
The distinctiveness of the garden comes from the fact that it has varied hues within its realm….while walking one can see the landscaping change every feet … and also it has a multitude of flora and fauna…..not only does the scenery change with space…it changes with time too……diverse range of views can be seen during the different seasons..it’s just as if the garden wears a different garment studded with an array of jewels during the different seasons…..
one can see the clear sky with its changing colors during the morning and evenings…it’s simply a delight to see the sunrise or sunset here..and on full moon nights…well it’s breathtaking!!!!
It has a dedicated jogger’s track which is around 2.5 km. long… it is frequented by joggers in the mornings and evenings(that includes me!!)……
during afternoon, the garden is thronged by couples seeking solitude, one can see couples canoodling and acting really naughty in the corners and under the tree shade(I personally find it disgusting at times!!)…..during the weekends…families come here to spend some quality time …..one can see kids, young people and aged people together having a fun time!!!
notice a couple cosying up under the tree in the left end of the pic below!!!
it also has a glass house which has an array of flora which is tended well by the gardeners…
The garden is very safe from eve teasers, pickpockets and other anti-social elements..how can I say with so much confidence….well for one am a regular there so experienced it first hand!!…. and the other reason is that due to its prominent location , many MPs, MLAs, corporate honchos frequent this place and so the security here is very good….me as a single young girl have jogged in the lonely paths of the garden quite tension free as late as 8 p.m. in the evenings…
The garden is a photographer’s delight…one can spend the entire day photographing birds, monuments and the greenery all around…the garden is home to various species of birds and small animals like squirrels, lizards, gekkos and dogs(beware of the dogs here..they do bite at times!!)
this stretch(the pic below) from the gate of lodhi garden to the start of jogging track is unbelievable!!!…..the birds here chirp so loudly and numerously…that one feels as if one is the middle of jungle…though the main road can be easily seen…but one can’t hear any vehicle noises until one reaches the gate..courtesy the birds
The tomb of Mohammed Shah is the earliest structure in the gardens. The octagonal chamber characterize the architecture of the tomb, with stone chhajjas on the roof and flower vases on the corners.
In the middle of the gardens is the Bara Gumbad and Sheesh Gumbad. The Bara Gumbad (Big Dome) consists of a large dome, a three domed masjid (mosque) and a residence surrounding a central courtyard, where the remains of a water tank can be seen.
Opposite the Bara Gumbad is the Sheesh Gumbad, which contains the remains of some unknown family.
Another interesting construction here is the ‘Athpula’ Bridge. It was built by Nawab Bahadur in the 16th century, during Akbar’s reign. This is bridge is called Athpula (eight bridge), as it rests on eight piers, forming seven arches. Besides these tombs, one can also visit the National Bonsai Park developed here, which has a delightful collection of miniature versions of several trees and plants.
pic below shows view from above the Athpula bridge
Overall, it is a beautiful green oasis..a delight to visit whether you are a tourist, jogger or someone just looking for some peace, fun, greenery or soltitude in delhi….
No wonder, it has been named by Time magazine as the best urban oasis in Asia (refer Time Asia issue of November 22, 2004)
There have been many evenings that I have spent in the lodhi gardens…seen its various hues…in the summers when it is unbelievably hot!!..in the rains when the clouds are bursting overhead me and im running in the rains on the stone paths….in the winters when the birds are chirping brightly ..in the spring when there is explosion of flowers…the garden is filled with so many colors and scents..and in the autumns..when the trees are shedding their leaves and the central theme of the garden seems to be brown.. …..
i started going there to jog…but slowly the garden became a part of my life…..i saw the beauty and the pain in my life being reflected in the different scenes of the place…..at one point of my life..i was really in pain and hurt….the only thing I used to look forward to at that time was coming to this garden..this place offered me soltitude…during the monsoons…when there were barely any people visiting it…I found a strange connection to it…..once while walking through the Athpula bridge in heavy downpour…I suddenly noticed a fog rising..it was due to the heat being given off by the stone arches as cool raindrops fell on it…..and as I stood there with my pain..i suddenly realized that if I don’t let go of my pain like this stone is letting off the heat….i may not last long in this world…..this was the beginning of my healing…..gradually I was more observant to the cues which the garden seemed to convey to me….the things I saw ..the renewal of trees, the chirping of birds…and the change of seasons…..all of it healed me…and I came out of my bad period….and in my happier times…the garden continues to bring me joy with its beauty!!…me and the garden have bonded in a special way and this will remain through my life!!!!..i cannot thank it enough for healing me!!!….