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Nicholson Cemetery

Location: A few meters west from the Kashmiri Gate Interstate Bus Terminal (ISBT), at the northeastern end of Boulevard Road

Famous for: Intricately carved gravestones and memorials

Time to Visit: Open on all days

Preferred Timings: During the morning hours

Admission: Free and open to all

Photography charges: nil


How to Reach: Tourists can either take local buses from various points within the city to reach this monument, which is located near Kashmiri Gate, Inter State Bus Terminal in Old Delhi or they can hire auto-rickshaws and taxis or take the metro rail.

Nearest Railway Station: Old Delhi Railway Station

Nearest Metro Station: Kashmiri Gate

Functional Metro Station: Kashmiri Gate

Nearest International Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport

Time required for sightseeing: Approx 1 hour

A few meters west from the Kashmiri Gate Interstate Bus Terminal (ISBT), at the northeastern end of Boulevard Road, is one of the earliest British cemeteries in Delhi, the Nicholson Cemetery.

Named after the renowned British Brigadier General John Nicholson, the cemetery has a cross-shaped gateway with sloping roofs and is spread over a large area housing numerous gravestones and memorials. Although the cemetery is overgrown with vegetation, and in a state of serious neglect, there still are many memorials and tombstones, which are of high architectural value and worth a visit. The wooden gateway, as well as the enclosure wall of the cemetery, dates back to the time when the cemetery was constituted.

As one enters the cemetery, the grave of John Nicholson can be seen just near the entrance on the right. Said to be a man of high principles, he was among the leading officers who were responsible for the defeat of nationalist forces during the first War of Indian Independence in 1857. A great administrator, General Nicholson was buried in this cemetery when he died, just before the end of the War of 1857.

Besides Nicholson, there are many English soldiers, administrators and their wives who are buried here. The inscriptions on their gravestones record the difficult life that they lived in India. The numerous gravestones of children are particularly touching.

Visitors need to be aware of the monkeys around. However they are not dangerous until they are teased.

Nearby Tourist Attractions

Kashmiri Gate, Dara Shikoh Library, St James Church, Lothian Cemetery, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Salimgarh Fort, St James Church and Rajghat.

Nearby Places to Eat

Karim Hotel, Ghantewala sweet shop, food stalls near Jama Masjid, Paranthewali gali, Natraj hotel, Chor Bizarre at Broadway Hotel, Daryaganj's Flora, Peshwari, Moti Mahal Restaurant, Worker's canteen of Inter-State Bus terminal and many roadside food stalls for the adventurous eater.

Nearby Shopping Venues

Chandni Chowk (curios, souvenirs, silver and glass bead jewellery) Nai Sarak (books), Chor bazaar (electronic goods), Daryaganj book market (on Sunday) and Chatta Chowk in Red Fort (traditional and contemporary jewelry and handicrafts)

Last Updated On: 2011/07/01