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Maulana Azad's Tomb

Location:Just before the imposing Eastern gateway of Jama Masjid, near the Meena Bazaar Street.

Open: On all days

Timings: Sunset to Sunrise

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 tomb, which is located in Old Delhi, or they can hire auto-rickshaws and taxis or metro rail.

Nearest Railway Station: Old Delhi Railway Station

Nearest Metro Station: Chawri Bazaar

Functional Metro Station: Chawri Bazaar

Nearest International Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport

Time required for sightseeing: Approx 20 minutes

Parking: Free and open to all

(Data are as of July 2005)

Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad's tomb is located just before the imposing Eastern gateway of Jama Masjid, near the Meena Bazaar Street. A popular freedom fighter and a nationalist leader, Azad was always held in high regard in political circles for his secular thoughts and high principles. He was a dedicated member of Congress Party and one of the few Muslim leaders who strongly opposed the partition of India. He was a highly qualified scholar and had the title of Maulana even though he was not a practicing cleric. Maulana Azad started his political life as a journalist as he was an eloquent writer and a captivating speaker. After India's independence he became the Cabinet Minister of Education and devoted his life for the welfare of common citizens. The Government of India posthumously awarded him the country's highest civilian honor Bharat Ratna.

The author of the book 'India Wins Freedom' was buried here in 1958 near the most sacred mosque of the capital. A decent arched structure in white color marks the tomb of this great man. The Maulana Azad tomb lies in the midst of a beautiful well-laid garden, which provides a much needed breathing space near the busy Meena Bazaar.

Nearby Tourist Attractions

Red Fort, 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 of Broadway Hotel, Daryaganj's Flora, Peshwari, Moti Mahal Restaurant, Worker's canteen of Inter-State Bus terminal and many roadside food stalls are there in Meena Bazaar for refreshment.

Nearby Shopping Venues

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

Last Updated On: 2011/07/01