Atgah Khan Tomb

Location: North of Nizamuddin Village, and northeast of the main enclosure of

Nizamuddin’s sacred shrine

Timings: Open on all days

Preferred Timings: Sunrise to Sunset

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 the Mathura Road or they can hire auto-rickshaws and taxis or metro rail.

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: 30 minutes

The tomb of Atgah Khan Tomb lies in the northern part of Nizamuddin Village and northeast of the main enclosure of Nizamuddin’s sacred shrine. Atgah Khan was the husband of one of Akbar’s wet nurses, Jija Angah. He was a great friend of Akbar and was killed by Adham Khan, son of Maham Anga, another wet nurse of Akbar. Atgah Khan held important positions in Akbar’s court. His tomb is an excellent example of the early Mughal style. Built of red stone within a walled enclosure, the interior of the tomb was decorated with painted plaster. The plaster has worn off in places but one can still see the beautiful artistry left on the remaining patches.

The Atgah Khan tomb is small in size, it measures just 6 sq meters, but its red sandstone walls, inlaid with marble and colored tiles makes it one of the most impressive structures of the early Mughal period. The four sides of the enclosure contain deeply recessed arches. There are colored tiles on the western wall of the enclosure while the southern door of the tomb has an inscription, which informs visitors that the tomb was completed in 1566-67.

Visitors can enter the tomb from the lanes of the Nizamuddin village. It is not mandatory to pay any money to the families living just before the tomb but you can still get their good wishes and some relevant information by giving them some baksheesh.

Nearby Tourist Attractions:

Nizamuddin’s shrine, 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