Qudsia Bagh

Location: Located on the main Shamnath Road, north of Inter State Bus Terminal (ISBT), near Kashmiri Gate

Famous as: Mid-eighteenth century Mughal garden and Qudsia Masjid

Time to Visit: Open on all days from sunrise to sunset

Preferred Timings: early morning through the year, and afternoons in winter

Admission Fee: 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 monument, which is located near Kashmiri Gate, Inter State Bus Terminal or they can hire auto-rickshaws and taxis or take the metro rail.

Nearest Railway Station: Old Delhi Railway Station,

Nearest Metro Station: Kashmiri Gate

Functional Metro Station: Kashmiri Gate

Nearest International Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport

Time required for sightseeing: Approx 30 minutes

Qudsia Bagh is located on the main Shamnath Road, north of Inter State Bus Terminal (ISBT), and near Kashmiri Gate. The garden dates back to the mid-eighteenth century. Laid by Nawab Qudsia Begum in 1748, the dancing girl who later became wife of Emperor Muhammad Shah, the garden once housed a palace, waterfall, a mosque, a summer lodge and a beautiful flower and fruit garden.

However, a greater part of the garden was used to construct the Inter State Bus Terminus and the adjacent tourist campsite. Set out in a typical Persian Charbagh style, the only remains of the Bagh are its imposing western gateway, the Qudsia mosque located near the intersection of Ring Road and Boulevard Road about 300 meters to the east, and a couple of pavilions in carved red sandstone. Qudsia Masjid was the private mosque of the emperor and his wife, and was built in a very simple style. Surmounted by three domes, the mosque has three arched openings and was repaired in 1833-34 by Bahadur Shah II.

It is said that the Qudsia Palace was built like a fort, enclosed by high walls. However, this palatial building along with other buildings was destroyed during the 1857 war. After the war, the British appointed the able gardener Smith to look after the garden. The gateway and the mosque were recently restored and efforts have been made to bring the garden back to its original beauty. At present it is a very good place to relax and rest, away from the hustle and bustle of nearby Old Delhi.

Nearby Tourist Attractions

Kashmiri Gate, Dara Shikoh Library, St James Church, Lothian Cemetery, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Salimgarh Fort and Rajghat.

Nearby Places to Eat

Karims Hotel, Ghantewala sweet shop, food stalls near Jama Masjid, Paranthewali gali, Natraj hotel, Chor Bizarre at Broadway Hotel, Daryaganj's Flora, Peshwari, Moti Mahal Restaurant, Worker's canteen of Inter-State Bus terminal and many roadside food stalls are there for refreshment.

Nearby Shopping Venues

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

Last Updated On: 2011/07/01