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Mirza Ghalib Tomb

Location: North of the enclosure of Chaunsath Khamba, and close to Nizamuddin's sacred shrine
Timings: Open on all days

Preferred Timings: Sunrise to Sunset

Admission: Free and open to all (keys to be obtained from the Ghalib's academy)

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: ½ an hour
(All data as of August 2005)

The grave of Mirza Asadullah Khan 'Ghalib,' (1797-1869) is located north of the enclosure of Chaunsath Khamba, close to the Nizamuddin shrine in Nizamuddin West. Mirza Ghalib, as he is popularly known, is considered the Urdu Shakespeare and was the greatest poet of the nineteenth century. He was a great writer of ghazals, the lyrical love poems of Urdu. He was a friend of the Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah 'Zafar' and was appointed the teacher of Bahadur Shah II.

Mirza Ghalib's grave is covered by a marble structure and is within a small courtyard, which is always locked. The little cemetery has a few more graves set around the grave of the great poet and is located next to the large Ghalib Academy. The Ghalib Academy was established by the government and has an extensive library of Urdu Literature. It also houses a well-maintained museum. The museum has a large collection of rocks, paintings and works of the great poet, who described Delhi as 'the Soul of the World'.

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: Atgah Khan's Tomb, Chaunsath Khamba, 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