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Mubarak Shah Tomb

Location: In the Kotla Mubarakpur area, behind the plush South Extension Part I locality.

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 the monument located in South Delhi, or they can hire auto-rickshaws and taxis or take the 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: about 30 minutes

(All data as of October 2005)

Located in the Kotla Mubarakpur area, behind the plush South Extension Part I locality, Mubarak Shah's tomb is considered to be one of the finest examples of octagonal Sayyid tombs. The tomb can be reached either by taking the August Kranti Marg or the Ring Road through the Gurdwara Road. Built around 1434 when Mubarak Shah Sayyid, the second ruler of the Sayyid dynasty died, the tomb is today survived by its southern gate and a mosque to the west.

The main features of this octagonal tomb are its 'low dome, buttresses, and chhatris', which became popular architectural features during the later periods, especially during the Lodi rule. The southern gate of the tomb has arched openings with a mihrab in the western side of the octagonal chamber. Enclosed by a verandah, the corners are supported by the sloping buttresses. Rising from the 'sixteen-sided battlemented drum', the broad dome is decorated with colored bands of plaster and has Quranic inscriptions at the base of the dome. The other features of the tomb that are worth appreciating are the lantern shaped canopies of the turrets on each corner of the drum and the unique chhatris proudly standing over the roof.

Though not in a good condition, the tomb is still an interesting place to visit.

Nearby Tourist Attractions: Moth-ki-Masjid, Hauz Khas, Siri Fort, Kalkaji Temple, Lotus Temple, Nizamuddin's Shrine and Chirag Dehlvi's Dargah

Nearby Places to Eat: There are many good restaurants in Ansal Plaza shopping mall on Khel Gaon Marg as well as in South Extension Part I & II Markets, McDonald's and sophisticated eating joints in Greater Kailash-1's Market, Nirula's, Nescafe, Barista and many popular restaurants in PVR Saket Complex and good restaurants in Panchsheel and Hauz Khas Market.

Nearby Shopping Venues: Ansal Plaza, one of the best malls of Delhi on Khel Gaon Marg, South Extension Part I & II modern markets, Panchsheel Market, Nehru Place (electronic items), Kalkaji Market and C R Park Market (residential markets), Greater Kailash-1 Market (all types of consumer goods, especially garments)

Last Updated On: 2011/07/01