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Roshanara Bagh

Location: Located north of Old Delhi, Roshnara Bagh and tomb can be reached by taking the Grand Trunk Road (National Highway 1) and then the Roshnara Road near Kamla Nagar Clock Tower and Old Subzi Mandi (vegetable market).

Famous as: Roshnara Tomb and Club

Time to Visit: Open on all days

Preferred Timings: sunrise to sunset

Admission Fee: Free and open to all (entry into the club premises is restricted to club members and their guests)

How to Reach: Tourists can either take local buses from various points within the city or they can hire auto-rickshaws and taxis or take the metro rail to reach this tomb and garden.

Photography charges: nil (of the tomb and garden nearby)

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: About 30 minutes

Located north of Old Delhi, Roshnara Bagh and tomb can be reached by taking the Grand Trunk Road (National Highway 1) and then the Roshnara Road near Kamla Nagar Clock Tower and Old Subzi Mandi (vegetable market). One of the most beautiful Mughal gardens of its time, Roshnara, the younger daughter of Shah Jahan laid this pleasure garden and tomb with a number of pavilions in 1650. She enjoyed immense respect and privilege during the reign of her brother, the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, as she helped him in securing the Mughal throne. However, she was later poisoned to death on the orders of his brother for committing actions against his will and was buried here in 1671.

The tomb of Roshnara lies in the middle of the garden and is known as Baradari meaning open pavilion. Though in dilapidated condition at present, the tomb once had a simple roofless grave surrounded by marble lattice screens (intricately carved jalis) and a hall, which has apartments with arched openings. The interior of the hall was beautifully decorated with paintings, some of which can be seen even today on the ceilings of the hall. Surrounded by dry fountains on all sides, the roof of the Baradari has small chambers on the corners, which are artistically domed.

The British were also very fascinated with this garden-tomb as it was an appropriate and beautiful retreat for them during the Delhi summers. In 1875, Cracroft, the Commissioner of Delhi significantly altered the garden by tearing down all the buildings except the Baradari, the northern gateway, which still exists and the eastern tank. In 1923, a European club known as Roshnara Club was established here. Today it is one of the prestigious clubs of the capital with a good cricket ground and well-maintained garden. Membership of the Roshanara Club is a distinction that is highly sought after.

Special attractions/ Annual events

Roshnara Club organizes various activities and events round the year such as Sunday Cricket matches, fairs during the different festivals and various social gatherings. However, visitors need to confirm whether they are allowed entry or not as some functions are only for the members.

Nearby Tourist Attractions

Mutiny Memorial, Ashokan Pillar, Hindu Rao house, Pir Ghaib, Chauburja Masjid, Nicholson Cemetery, Qudsia Bagh and one can also visit Shah Alam's Tomb, Coronation Memorial, Majnu ka Tila and Nirmal Hriday, which are also not very far from the garden.

Nearby Places to Eat

Mc Donalds in Kamla Nagar and Model Town, Nirula's, Chacha ke Chole Bature, Baskin Robins and Momo's Point in Kamla Nagar, Vikrant Restaurant in Kingsway Camp, Grant Plaza in Model Town and many roadside Dhabas.

Nearby Shopping Venues

Kamla Nagar Market, Model Town Market and Mukheerji Nagar Market and Ashok Vihar Market

Last Updated On: 2011/07/01