How often do you find a tomb lying marooned on the side of a busy road, with people hanging clothes on the boundary wall of the museum, probably none? But that is not the case with the Bijri Khan’s Tomb at R.K Puram Sector III. The Lodi era monument lies amidst the chaos the metro city, with slums encroaching the sides of the museum. The monument is nowhere near to its former glory. Today, after a long period of restoration has ensured that the monument will survive another decade or so, but the unknown history of its origin and less tourist attraction means the monument is still not recognized on major destinations in Delhi list. Believed to be more than 600 years old, the monument was declared to be of prime archaeological significance before the INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage) started to renovate the tomb. The reports prior to restoration suggested that people were residing inside the monuments and the graves inside the monument were in poor condition. The walls had started to decay and erode and immediate attention was needed. Today, one can visit the monument easily and it has started to gain some footfall but it still has a long way to go to be a recognised monument in Delhi.
History of the Attraction
Origin of the monument is still not sure, with historians claiming that the tomb was built during Lodi Era because of its symbolic architecture. Bijri Khan is said to a be a nobleman in Lodi court and the tomb was in remembrance of him. However, not much is known about the man himself. The monument was first noticed by Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, who in 2004 concluded that the monument should be categorised as an A Level monument because of its archaeological significance. The biggest challenge during restoration was the illegal encroachment within the tomb premise, which had to be removed first. The restoration process, however, began after a legal settlement. Today, the monument is open to public and the tourism board is trying to promote such unknown monuments in Delhi.
The nearest metro station is AIIMS on Yellow Line of Delhi Metro. From there you can take an auto to reach R.K Puram Sector III.
Things to Do in & around
R.K Puram is a plush colony in South Delhi with major South Delhi markets within reach. You can visit the famous Dilli Haat in INA. If you are looking for flea markets, the Sarojini Nagar market is the best choice for you.
Opening and Closing Timing
The tomb is open on all days of the week from sunrise to sunset
There is no entry fee for visiting Bijri Khan’s Tomb.
Best Time to Visit Bijri Khan's Tomb
Winters in Delhi is the best time to explore the city with climate being favourable for a sightseeing tour.