The Safdarjung Tomb is not on the typical tourist map of New Delhi. The red and buff sandstone mausoleum is located near the crossing of Aurobindo Marg and Lodhi Road and is close to the Lodhi Gardens and the Delhi Haat.
The mausoleum was built by Nawab Shujauddaulah, son of Safdarjung, who was a Wazir to the Mughal emperor Muhammad Shah. The entrance to the mausoleum is a magnificent gateway. The tomb lies in the middle of an elaborate garden. This is a good place to spend some time in quite and peace, away from the maddening crowds.
The building is often referred to as "The last flicker in the lamp of Mughal Architecture in Delhi".
Indira Gandhi International Airport
I had preconceived notions of what to expect at Indira Gandhi airport. I'd seen photos of Delhi, I'd heard of its chaotic way. For some reason, I expected a similar scene at IGI airport....massive snarling lines in immigration, lots and lots of "may I see your papers please" type stops.
I was totally wrong. IGI is a modern, well-run and organized airport. And, that's good news for you, the international visitor. A majority of overseas flights to India end up at IGI.
Indira Gandhi airport is one of two airports in Delhi, the other being Palam. Palam is an airport hosting domestic flights, whereas IGI is primarily an international flights hub. If you are IN India and are flying to somewhere else in India, you will probably be be using Palam. Keep that in mind when you get in the taxi. :)
IGI itself is some 20 km southwest of central New Delhi, and getting into the city by cab can take anywhere from 30 minutes to darn near an hour, depending on the time of day. We arrived in the late evening, and it was a quickie for us over to our hotel. Cab fare from IGI into the city will be something like 300 Rs. There apparently is a desk where you can purchase a prepaid cab ride into New Delhi, which will immunize you from any cab driver shenanigans involving taking you to the wrong hotel, etc.
One little thing... I was warned to not accept "help" from people hanging around the airport looking to give you tour advice, hotel advice, and such. Apparently, more than a few of these folks are scammers, and they don't have your best interest at heart, so to speak. But, that being said, I was not approached in any way by such persons upon our arrival or departure. Maybe I just looked like I already knew where I was going. :)
The museum has some interesting collections worth checking out.
Timings: 10am to 5pm, close on Monday.
150 Rupees for foreigners, 300 camera fee.
10 Rupees for local, 20 camera fee
Ganhi Memorial Museum
( I’m talking about Mahatma Ghandi’s museum. There is also an Indira Ghandi museum, which I didn’t visit.)
The Gandhi Memorial Museum contains various memorabilia of Gandhi’s life and has a fantastic exhibition starting at his birth and ending on the fatal date of the 2nd October 1948, when he was shot. Inside a small building on the left hand side of the museum, you can find some lyrics of Gandhi and peacefull movement he created.
When visiting this place, you realize what a great man Gandhi was.
Arab Serai Gate [1560 - 1561 A.D]
A gateway, 14 metres high to the colony of Persian craftsmen who came to India [Delhi] for building Humayun's tomb. And this wooden giant gateway is one of my favorites in Humayun's complex. Pretty old wooden doors and still there nowadays!