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Kalan-i-Jahan's Tomb

Location: Northwestern corner of Nizamuddin Village
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
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 Kalan-i-Tilangani is the first octagonal tomb in Delhi. It contains the grave of Kalan-i-Tilangani the prime minister of Feroz Shah Tughlaq (1351-88). His real name was Kalan-i-Jahan Maqbul Khan.

The octagonal tomb style later became the main feature of Sayyid and Lodi architecture. It is because of this reason that Kalan-i-Jahan's tomb occupies an important place in the architectural history of Delhi. The style was experimented with earlier in Multan but with a different pattern.

The tomb lies in the northwestern corner of the Nizamuddin Village. Though the tomb is not in good condition, one can still make out the octagonal shape of the central chamber, which is enclosed by a verandah. All the sides of the central chamber have three arched openings. A well-proportioned dome covers the grave and gives Kalan-i-Jahan's tomb its typical Tughlaq appearance.

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