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Chaunsath Khamba

Location: Behind Ghalib’s tomb at the intersection of Mathura Road and Lodi Road, near Nizamuddin Village.
Time to Visit: Open on all days

Preferred Timings: sunrise to sunset

Admission: 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

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: ½ an hour

(All data as of August 2005)

Located just behind the simple Mirza Ghalib tomb near the intersection of Mathura Road and Lodi Road, lies the tomb of Mirza Aziz Kokaltash and many others, popularly known as Chaunsath Khamba. Mirza Aziz Kokaltash was the son of Atgah Khan. The tomb is not far from Atgah Khan’s tomb and lies east of it and very near to the Nizamuddin shrine. The inscription on the main grave informs visitors that the tomb was built in 1623-24.

As the name suggests the main feature of Chaunsath Khamba is that sixty-four pillars support the roof. (Chaun sath is 64 in the Hindi and Urdu languages). The structure was built earlier as a hall and was later converted into a tomb. There is a beautiful marble pavilion in the tomb, which is pure white in color. The architectural beauty of this structure makes it worth a visit. There are a number of other unidentified graves within the tomb complex.

Surrounded by an enclosure, the main entrance to the tomb is from an imposing arched gateway, adjacent to the famous Ghalib Academy. The Ghalib’s Academy was established by the government and has an extensive library of Urdu Literature. It also houses a well-maintained museum.

Nearby Tourist Attractions: Atgah Khan’s Tomb, Mirza Ghalib’s Tomb, Nizamuddin’s shrine, 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