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Khan-i-Khanan Tomb

Location: On the east of Mathura Road, opposite Nizamuddin's shrine
Time to Visit: Open on all days
Preferred Timings: Sunrise to Sunset
Admission Fee: Free and open to all
How to Reach: Tourists can either take local buses from various points within the city to reach this monument, which is located near the Mathura Road or they can hire auto-rickshaws and taxis or metro rail.
Photography charges: Nil (Caretakers need to be tipped around INR 20)
Nearest Railway Station: Nizamuddin Railway Station
Nearest Metro Station: Central Secretariat
Functional Metro Station: Central Secretariat
Nearest International Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport
Time required for sightseeing: 1 hour

The tomb of Abdul Rahim Khan, entitled Khan-i-Khanan, lies on the east of Mathura Road, opposite Nizamuddin's shrine. Abdul Rahim was the son of Bairam Khan and an influential courtier in the courts of the Mughal Emperors, Akbar and Jahangir. A regent of Akbar, he knew several languages and composed couplets in Hindi under the pen name Rahim. The popularity of the poet is such that even today his couplets are recited in day-to-day language in northern India. The great poet died in 1626-27. He also translated Babar's Memoirs from Turki to Persian.

Originally built of red sandstone, the tomb follows the pattern of Humayun's tomb. The tomb, which is square in shape, stands on a high pedestal with arches and cells on all sides. The structure is double storeyed and has a high deeply recessed central arch on each side with several smaller arches all around. There are pavilions at the corners around the central dome and open halls extending from the middle of each side. The tomb lost its original grandeur in the later period because the red sandstone, marble and other stones that were used in its construction were removed and used to decorate Safdarjang's tomb.



Just 1 kilometer east of Khan-i-Khanan's tomb on Mathura Road, lies the Barapula Bridge. The word 'bara' means twelve and 'pula' means piers and the structure derives its name from the twelve piers, which support the bridge. The bridge has eleven arched openings and a 2-meter high minaret surmounts each pier. According to an inscription on one of its arches, Mihr Banu Agha built the Barapula in 1621-22. Agha was the chief eunuch of Jahangir's court. The bridge is 14 meters in width and over 195 meters in length and is very near the Nizamuddin shrine.

Nearby Tourist Attractions: Atgah Khan's Tomb, Mirza Ghalib's Tomb, Chaunsath Khamba, Nila Gumbad, Purana Qila, Delhi Zoo, Sabz Burz, Nili Chhatri, India Gate, Ashokan Rock Edict, Khairul Manzil Masjid.

Nearby Places to Eat: Karim's at Nizamuddin is famous for kebabs and there are many roadside food stalls, which serve Islamic delicacies. Hotel Oberoi in the vicinity, Sweet Corner and Nathu's in Sunder Nagar Market, Flavors in Defence colony, and Eatopia at Indian Habitat Center in Lodi Road are some popular eateries nearby.

Nearby Shopping Venues: Sunder Nagar Market (antiques, jewelry, brassware), Lajpat Nagar (one stop for all your needs, especially garments), Dilli Haat (handicrafts and ethnic items).

Last Updated On: 2011/07/01


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