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Notes on the Geography of Northern India: Nizamuddin, Lodi Gardens, and Safdarjung: Photo 32

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We've moved on a kilometer to the west to the grounds of Safdarjung's tomb. This is the last of the succession of fabulous Mughul tombs, and it was built for Abul Mansur Khan, better known by the title Safdarjung, "brave in battle." Chief minister to Muhammad Shah, Safdarjung died at Faizabad in 1754, some three centuries after the Sayyid and Lodi dynasties and at the end of the long sequence of great Mughul emperors--Babur, Humayun, Akbar, Jahangir, Shah Jahan, and Aurangzeb--most of whom had tombs that Safdarjung's emulates. Despite the scale of the tomb, Stephen writes of Safdarjung himself that "he was a man of ordinary administrative capacity, but by the incapables who then advised the king [Ahmad Shah], he was regarded as a man of genius.... compelled to abandon the post of honour in Delhi... [he] lived in a hot-bed of intrigue till his death" p. 278).

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