In Delhi, India, there is a sandstone and marble monument known as Safdarjung’s tomb. For Nawab Safdarjung, it was constructed in 1754 in the late Mughal Empire style. The monument’s domed and arched red, brown, and white coloured structures give it a feeling of openness and an intimidating presence. When Ahmed Shah Bahadur assumed the throne in 1748, Safdarjung, Nawab of Oudh, was appointed prime minister of the Mughal Empire (Wazir ul-Mamlak-i-Hindustan).
With “eight paradises” (hasht bihisht), or eight rooms arranged around the main chamber beneath the dome, within, the tomb is in a late version of the style of previous Mughal imperial tombs, most notably the Taj Mahal. Outside, the garden is separated into four sections. Due to the emperors’ by this time significantly decreased influence, this was the first time someone outside the immediate imperial Mughal dynasty built themselves such a tomb and garden complex. This historical landmark, which is situated in New Delhi near Safdarjung Airport at the intersection of Safdarjung Road and Aurobindo Marg (Road), has remained a well-liked tourist destination for both domestic and foreign visitors to the Indian capital city.