Shalimar Bagh

Location: In the Shalimar Bagh locality, off Gyan Shakti Mandir Road near BH block in the suburb of Delhi, earlier known as Azizabad, adjacent to Haiderpur villages.

Famous as: Mid-seventeenth century garden and Sheesh Mahal

Time to Visit:Open on all days

Preferred Timings: sunrise to sunset

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 in Old Delhi 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

Nearest functional Metro Station: Kashmiri Gate


Nearest International Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport

Time required for sightseeing: Approx 40 minutes

Shalimar Bagh is located off Gyan Shakti Mandir Road near BH block in the Shalimar Bagh suburb of Delhi adjacent to the Haiderpur villages. This area was earlier known as Azizabad, after a mistress of Shah Jahan. Popularly known as Sheesh Mahal (central pavilion of the garden) Park among the local population, the garden and the palace were constructed by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, in 1653.

Shah Jahan used this palace as a halting place on his royal trips to Kashmir, Punjab or Lahore. The garden was typically laid in a Mughal style and had a very good water supply and drainage system. The whole palace was decorated with colorful floral paintings, some of which can be seen even today on the outer walls of the room adjacent to the fountain tank.


Renowned for its beauty, the garden and the palace was the favorite country house of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. It was here that Aurangzeb crowned himself as the next Emperor of the Mughal Empire, in 1658 AD. During the British rule, Sir David Ochterlony and Lord Metcalfe used the garden as their summer lodge. At present, the beautiful Sheesh Mahal is in a serious state of neglect. There are numerous small wells and a ruined fountain network. The beautiful garden has been replaced by a simple park, which is now used by the local population for their recreational activities. However, traces of the Mughal garden can still be seen there in some parts of the park. One of the main attractions for visitors to the park is the variety of fruit trees and wild flowers.


Nearby Tourist Attractions

Coronation Durbar Site, Shah Alam's Tomb, Majnu ka Tila, Missionaries of Charity and Nirmal Hriday

Nearby Places to Eat

Good Indian restaurants in Shalimar Bagh Market and Pitampura Market, McDonalds 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

Shalimar Bagh Market, Modern Pitampura Market, Kamla Nagar Market, Model Town Market and Mukherji Nagar Market and Ashok Vihar Market

Last Updated On: 2011/07/01