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Chausath Khambha
Submitted by sarfrazyusuf on Wed, 21/03/2007 - 22:40
Located right behind Mirza Ghalib’s tomb is the tomb of Mirza Aziz Kokaltash and many others, popularly known as Chaunsath Khamba. Also located nearby is the tomb of his father, Atgah Khan. There are a number of other unidentified graves within the tomb complex as well, all of which were constructed in the year 1623-24.

As the name suggests the main feature of Chaunsath Khamba is the massive sixty-four pillars supporting the roof. (Chaunsath is 64 in the Hindi and Urdu languages). The structure was built earlier as a hall and was later converted into a tomb. There is a beautiful marble pavilion inside the tomb and its architectural beauty makes it worth a visit.

Surrounded by an enclosure, the main entrance to the tomb is from an imposing arched gateway, adjacent to the famous Ghalib Academy. The Ghalib Academy was established by the government and has an extensive library of Urdu Literature along with a well-maintained museum.

One could also visit the nearby Nizamuddin dargah and have an excellent lunch at Karim’s near the Dargah.

Address – Behind Ghalib’s tomb at the intersection of Mathura Road and Lodi Road, near Nizamuddin Village.

How to Reach – Take a bus going towards Nizamuddin or hire an auto. The nearest Metro station would be Central Secretariat.

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