Delhi has buried many tales of wars, romance and history in its heart. If you seek to unravel those, you would have to do it old school way, exploring every street of Delhi, visiting every neighbourhood and asking old people about the history and heritage of the city. While doing so you might get to hear about the Qudsia Bagh or Qudsia Garden. A forgotten monument in Old Delhi, today left in ruins, narrating the glorious history of the time of its origin. Built by Begum Qudsia, wife of Muhammad Shah, the complex was a palace in itself with all the luxury one could wish for. It had waterfalls, gardens, palace and a private mosque. Today only one Gateway stands tall, paving way for the Qudsia mosque. The garden was built in the Persian Charbagh style, with four symmetrical gardens, with water canals running through them. The surviving Baradari has 12 doors and it is a blend of Persian and British architecture. The mosque which was a private worshipping place for the king and the queen today serves to the locals of the neighbourhood.
History of the Attraction
The Qudsia Bagh is believed to be constructed around 1748 for Qudsia Begum, wife of Mughal emperor Muhammad Shah. The monument complex resembled a palace built with all luxuries. The monuments suffered some damages during the rebellion of 1857. Over the time, the monument was left ignored, with locals offering Namaz in the mosque. However, during its restoration drive in collaboration with INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage), restored the remains of the monument. Today, visitors can witness the royal beauty of the monument. A water tank has been placed for worshippers to wash hands before offering Namaz. Protected by Archeological Survey of India, Qudsia Garden is an important heritage site in Delhi.
The nearest metro station is the Kashmiri Gate Metro Station on the Yellow Line of Delhi Metro.
Things to Do in & around
Located in the popular neighbourhood of Old Delhi, visitors can visit monuments and markets in Kashmiri Gate. Visitors can also visit the Red Fort and Jama Masjid in Chandni Chowk, which is 4 km from the Qudsia Bagh. Visitors can also explore the local markets of Chandni Chowk and Old Delhi.
Opening and Closing Timing
The monument can be accessed at any time of the day. The Qudsia Garden is open on all days of the week.
There is no entry fee for Qudsia Garden
Best Time to Visit Qudsia Bagh
It’s best advised to visit during winters and the cool climate helps in excruciating Delhi Darshan. You can visit the Qudsia Garden at any time of the year.