The northern entrance on Man Singh road is via the Athpula Bridge built over a small tributary of the Jumana in the 16th Century by Nawab Bahadur, a nobleman at Akbar's court. The gardens were created in the 1930's and are arranged around a number of tombs and a mosque from the pre-Mughal period when the Lodi and Sayyid dynasties ruled northern India.
The tombs are late 15th and earlly 16th century.
At the northern end of the gardens and effectively separated from the other tombs is the tomb of Sikandar Lodi (ruled `489 to 1517) which lies within a large walled garden with its own gatehouse.
There is a verandah of arches around the central chamber with carved stonework columns and some fine stucco work decoration to the ceiling area.
The tomb is octagonal with the central chamber surrounded by a verandah of arches with carved sandstone brackets.
The decoration of the tomb chamber is fairly well preserved with glazed tiles and painted stucco work.
Tip for visitors - a guide to the buildings and the trees planted in the gardens can be obtained from the shop in the Taj Mahal Hotel that is on Man Singh Road near the north entrance.
The gardens include a separate traditional Mughal style walled rose garden that has two small pavilions.
The tomb stands on a raised platform with the cenotaph of Muhammad Shah in the middle of the central octagonal chamber.
There are several other graves in the chamber, presumably of wives and courtiers although there is no attribution at the site.
The central decoration of the ceiling is especially well preserved.
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The Jamali Kamali mosque and tombs were constructed in 1528-1529 in an enclosed garden area. The mosque has one entrance from the south and is constructed in red sandstone with marble inlay. There is a large courtyard and the prayer hall has five arches with a dome above the central arch.
The size of the arches increases towards the centre and are decorated with some beautiful ornamentation.
The interior is impressive with blue and red paintwork and incriptions from the Koran. There are also inlaid coloured tiles inscribed with Jamali's poems.
Jamali Kamali and Babur tomb photo collection:
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Mehrauli village on the road south out of Delhi is home to the Bhul Bhulyaian meaning labyrinth which describes the layout of the tomb. This is the tomb of Adham Khan, foster brother to the Emperor Akbar. He was put to death by Akbar for the murder of his chief minister in the palace at Agra.
Khan reputedly was thrown from the walls of the Agra Red Fort to his death, although the first effort failed to finish him and he had to be dragged up and thrown down a second time!
From its vantage point on a small hill there is a magnificent view of the Qut'b Minar.
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