Mirza Ghalib Tomb in Nizamuddin Basti, Delhi

I have been staying in Delhi for more than 10 years now and when it comes to Mirza Ghalib, I had only heard of his haveli in Old Delhi. Recently when I visited Nizamudin Basti for one of the Poetry event, I came across the tomb of Mirza Ghalib.Mirza Ghalib's Tomb is unexpectedly small. The tomb is situated outside the courtyard of the Hazrat Nizamuddin's Tomb along with many other tombs of famed personalities in the same vicinity. In the recent years Mirza Ghalib's Tomb has been covered with a marble structure and fenced within the compound walls (the one you see in first photograph).The entry to the tomb is through Chausath khamba and Urs Mahal. Mirza Ghalib's Tomb is tiny as compared to other royal tombs in Delhi.Most of the tombs in Delhi are protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India. Tomb of Mirza Ghalib is dressed with a structure made of marble and sits within a small courtyard enclosure, which is locked most of the times. The small Tomb area is also dotted with several other graves of persons unknown.Some of the walls around the tomb are in bad shape. Although they are standing strong but surrounding market makes it a little dirty.'Ghalib Academy' is close to the tomb (just behind the tomb) which was established by the Government of India in memory and honor of this legendary poet. Ghalib Academy has a large library which has a wide collection of literature books written in the Urdu language as well as several other related subjects. It also nestles a small museum dedicated to Mirza Ghalib and has works of Ghalib and other collectables like rocks and paintings of the poet.One can enter into the area of the Tomb of Mirza Ghalib via a narrow lane that stretches along the Nizamuddin Basti (Village). Entry is free for all on any day. Since the Tomb site remains locked, you will need to obtain the keys from the Ghalib Academy Administration Office.While at Mirza Ghalib Tomb, you can also enjoy shopping at the nearby Sunder Nagar Market that sells a variety of antiques, jewellery and brassware. The Lajpat Nagar  market is also close by which is a good market place to shop for garments. Dilli Haat can also be an interesting place to buy handicrafts from various states of India.Located in front of the Chausath Khamba, Urs Mahal is an assembly hall where Khawwali programs are held on festival days and on the days during “Urs of Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya”.After discovering this place, I realized that Delhi has lot more than what we know and it always presents you new surprises.

I have been staying in Delhi for more than 10 years now and when it comes to Mirza Ghalib, I had only heard of his haveli in Old Delhi. Recently when I visited Nizamudin Basti for one of the Poetry event, I came across the tomb of Mirza Ghalib. 

I have been staying in Delhi for more than 10 years now and when it comes to Mirza Ghalib, I had only heard of his haveli in Old Delhi. Recently when I visited Nizamudin Basti for one of the Poetry event, I came across the tomb of Mirza Ghalib.Mirza Ghalib's Tomb is unexpectedly small. The tomb is situated outside the courtyard of the Hazrat Nizamuddin's Tomb along with many other tombs of famed personalities in the same vicinity. In the recent years Mirza Ghalib's Tomb has been covered with a marble structure and fenced within the compound walls (the one you see in first photograph).The entry to the tomb is through Chausath khamba and Urs Mahal. Mirza Ghalib's Tomb is tiny as compared to other royal tombs in Delhi.Most of the tombs in Delhi are protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India. Tomb of Mirza Ghalib is dressed with a structure made of marble and sits within a small courtyard enclosure, which is locked most of the times. The small Tomb area is also dotted with several other graves of persons unknown.Some of the walls around the tomb are in bad shape. Although they are standing strong but surrounding market makes it a little dirty.'Ghalib Academy' is close to the tomb (just behind the tomb) which was established by the Government of India in memory and honor of this legendary poet. Ghalib Academy has a large library which has a wide collection of literature books written in the Urdu language as well as several other related subjects. It also nestles a small museum dedicated to Mirza Ghalib and has works of Ghalib and other collectables like rocks and paintings of the poet.One can enter into the area of the Tomb of Mirza Ghalib via a narrow lane that stretches along the Nizamuddin Basti (Village). Entry is free for all on any day. Since the Tomb site remains locked, you will need to obtain the keys from the Ghalib Academy Administration Office.While at Mirza Ghalib Tomb, you can also enjoy shopping at the nearby Sunder Nagar Market that sells a variety of antiques, jewellery and brassware. The Lajpat Nagar  market is also close by which is a good market place to shop for garments. Dilli Haat can also be an interesting place to buy handicrafts from various states of India.Located in front of the Chausath Khamba, Urs Mahal is an assembly hall where Khawwali programs are held on festival days and on the days during “Urs of Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya”.After discovering this place, I realized that Delhi has lot more than what we know and it always presents you new surprises.


Mirza Ghalib's Tomb is unexpectedly small. The tomb is situated outside the courtyard of the Hazrat Nizamuddin's Tomb along with many other tombs of famed personalities in the same vicinity. In the recent years Mirza Ghalib's Tomb has been covered with a marble structure and fenced within the compound walls (the one you see in first photograph). 

I have been staying in Delhi for more than 10 years now and when it comes to Mirza Ghalib, I had only heard of his haveli in Old Delhi. Recently when I visited Nizamudin Basti for one of the Poetry event, I came across the tomb of Mirza Ghalib.Mirza Ghalib's Tomb is unexpectedly small. The tomb is situated outside the courtyard of the Hazrat Nizamuddin's Tomb along with many other tombs of famed personalities in the same vicinity. In the recent years Mirza Ghalib's Tomb has been covered with a marble structure and fenced within the compound walls (the one you see in first photograph).The entry to the tomb is through Chausath khamba and Urs Mahal. Mirza Ghalib's Tomb is tiny as compared to other royal tombs in Delhi.Most of the tombs in Delhi are protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India. Tomb of Mirza Ghalib is dressed with a structure made of marble and sits within a small courtyard enclosure, which is locked most of the times. The small Tomb area is also dotted with several other graves of persons unknown.Some of the walls around the tomb are in bad shape. Although they are standing strong but surrounding market makes it a little dirty.'Ghalib Academy' is close to the tomb (just behind the tomb) which was established by the Government of India in memory and honor of this legendary poet. Ghalib Academy has a large library which has a wide collection of literature books written in the Urdu language as well as several other related subjects. It also nestles a small museum dedicated to Mirza Ghalib and has works of Ghalib and other collectables like rocks and paintings of the poet.One can enter into the area of the Tomb of Mirza Ghalib via a narrow lane that stretches along the Nizamuddin Basti (Village). Entry is free for all on any day. Since the Tomb site remains locked, you will need to obtain the keys from the Ghalib Academy Administration Office.While at Mirza Ghalib Tomb, you can also enjoy shopping at the nearby Sunder Nagar Market that sells a variety of antiques, jewellery and brassware. The Lajpat Nagar  market is also close by which is a good market place to shop for garments. Dilli Haat can also be an interesting place to buy handicrafts from various states of India.Located in front of the Chausath Khamba, Urs Mahal is an assembly hall where Khawwali programs are held on festival days and on the days during “Urs of Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya”.After discovering this place, I realized that Delhi has lot more than what we know and it always presents you new surprises.

The entry to the tomb is through Chausath khamba and Urs Mahal. Mirza Ghalib's Tomb is tiny as compared to other royal tombs in Delhi. There were 2 peacocks roaming around the compound and it seemed that they come here almost everyday. 

I have been staying in Delhi for more than 10 years now and when it comes to Mirza Ghalib, I had only heard of his haveli in Old Delhi. Recently when I visited Nizamudin Basti for one of the Poetry event, I came across the tomb of Mirza Ghalib.Mirza Ghalib's Tomb is unexpectedly small. The tomb is situated outside the courtyard of the Hazrat Nizamuddin's Tomb along with many other tombs of famed personalities in the same vicinity. In the recent years Mirza Ghalib's Tomb has been covered with a marble structure and fenced within the compound walls (the one you see in first photograph).The entry to the tomb is through Chausath khamba and Urs Mahal. Mirza Ghalib's Tomb is tiny as compared to other royal tombs in Delhi.Most of the tombs in Delhi are protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India. Tomb of Mirza Ghalib is dressed with a structure made of marble and sits within a small courtyard enclosure, which is locked most of the times. The small Tomb area is also dotted with several other graves of persons unknown.Some of the walls around the tomb are in bad shape. Although they are standing strong but surrounding market makes it a little dirty.'Ghalib Academy' is close to the tomb (just behind the tomb) which was established by the Government of India in memory and honor of this legendary poet. Ghalib Academy has a large library which has a wide collection of literature books written in the Urdu language as well as several other related subjects. It also nestles a small museum dedicated to Mirza Ghalib and has works of Ghalib and other collectables like rocks and paintings of the poet.One can enter into the area of the Tomb of Mirza Ghalib via a narrow lane that stretches along the Nizamuddin Basti (Village). Entry is free for all on any day. Since the Tomb site remains locked, you will need to obtain the keys from the Ghalib Academy Administration Office.While at Mirza Ghalib Tomb, you can also enjoy shopping at the nearby Sunder Nagar Market that sells a variety of antiques, jewellery and brassware. The Lajpat Nagar  market is also close by which is a good market place to shop for garments. Dilli Haat can also be an interesting place to buy handicrafts from various states of India.Located in front of the Chausath Khamba, Urs Mahal is an assembly hall where Khawwali programs are held on festival days and on the days during “Urs of Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya”.After discovering this place, I realized that Delhi has lot more than what we know and it always presents you new surprises.
 Most of the tombs in Delhi are protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India. Tomb of Mirza Ghalib is dressed with a structure made of marble and sits within a small courtyard enclosure, which is locked most of the times. The small Tomb area is also dotted with several other graves of persons unknown.


I have been staying in Delhi for more than 10 years now and when it comes to Mirza Ghalib, I had only heard of his haveli in Old Delhi. Recently when I visited Nizamudin Basti for one of the Poetry event, I came across the tomb of Mirza Ghalib.Mirza Ghalib's Tomb is unexpectedly small. The tomb is situated outside the courtyard of the Hazrat Nizamuddin's Tomb along with many other tombs of famed personalities in the same vicinity. In the recent years Mirza Ghalib's Tomb has been covered with a marble structure and fenced within the compound walls (the one you see in first photograph).The entry to the tomb is through Chausath khamba and Urs Mahal. Mirza Ghalib's Tomb is tiny as compared to other royal tombs in Delhi.Most of the tombs in Delhi are protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India. Tomb of Mirza Ghalib is dressed with a structure made of marble and sits within a small courtyard enclosure, which is locked most of the times. The small Tomb area is also dotted with several other graves of persons unknown.Some of the walls around the tomb are in bad shape. Although they are standing strong but surrounding market makes it a little dirty.'Ghalib Academy' is close to the tomb (just behind the tomb) which was established by the Government of India in memory and honor of this legendary poet. Ghalib Academy has a large library which has a wide collection of literature books written in the Urdu language as well as several other related subjects. It also nestles a small museum dedicated to Mirza Ghalib and has works of Ghalib and other collectables like rocks and paintings of the poet.One can enter into the area of the Tomb of Mirza Ghalib via a narrow lane that stretches along the Nizamuddin Basti (Village). Entry is free for all on any day. Since the Tomb site remains locked, you will need to obtain the keys from the Ghalib Academy Administration Office.While at Mirza Ghalib Tomb, you can also enjoy shopping at the nearby Sunder Nagar Market that sells a variety of antiques, jewellery and brassware. The Lajpat Nagar  market is also close by which is a good market place to shop for garments. Dilli Haat can also be an interesting place to buy handicrafts from various states of India.Located in front of the Chausath Khamba, Urs Mahal is an assembly hall where Khawwali programs are held on festival days and on the days during “Urs of Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya”.After discovering this place, I realized that Delhi has lot more than what we know and it always presents you new surprises.

Some of the walls around the tomb are in bad shape. Although they are standing strong but surrounding market makes it a little dirty. 

I have been staying in Delhi for more than 10 years now and when it comes to Mirza Ghalib, I had only heard of his haveli in Old Delhi. Recently when I visited Nizamudin Basti for one of the Poetry event, I came across the tomb of Mirza Ghalib.Mirza Ghalib's Tomb is unexpectedly small. The tomb is situated outside the courtyard of the Hazrat Nizamuddin's Tomb along with many other tombs of famed personalities in the same vicinity. In the recent years Mirza Ghalib's Tomb has been covered with a marble structure and fenced within the compound walls (the one you see in first photograph).The entry to the tomb is through Chausath khamba and Urs Mahal. Mirza Ghalib's Tomb is tiny as compared to other royal tombs in Delhi.Most of the tombs in Delhi are protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India. Tomb of Mirza Ghalib is dressed with a structure made of marble and sits within a small courtyard enclosure, which is locked most of the times. The small Tomb area is also dotted with several other graves of persons unknown.Some of the walls around the tomb are in bad shape. Although they are standing strong but surrounding market makes it a little dirty.'Ghalib Academy' is close to the tomb (just behind the tomb) which was established by the Government of India in memory and honor of this legendary poet. Ghalib Academy has a large library which has a wide collection of literature books written in the Urdu language as well as several other related subjects. It also nestles a small museum dedicated to Mirza Ghalib and has works of Ghalib and other collectables like rocks and paintings of the poet.One can enter into the area of the Tomb of Mirza Ghalib via a narrow lane that stretches along the Nizamuddin Basti (Village). Entry is free for all on any day. Since the Tomb site remains locked, you will need to obtain the keys from the Ghalib Academy Administration Office.While at Mirza Ghalib Tomb, you can also enjoy shopping at the nearby Sunder Nagar Market that sells a variety of antiques, jewellery and brassware. The Lajpat Nagar  market is also close by which is a good market place to shop for garments. Dilli Haat can also be an interesting place to buy handicrafts from various states of India.Located in front of the Chausath Khamba, Urs Mahal is an assembly hall where Khawwali programs are held on festival days and on the days during “Urs of Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya”.After discovering this place, I realized that Delhi has lot more than what we know and it always presents you new surprises.

'Ghalib Academy' is close to the tomb (just behind the tomb) which was established by the Government of India in memory and honor of this legendary poet. Ghalib Academy has a large library which has a wide collection of literature books written in the Urdu language as well as several other related subjects. It also nestles a small museum dedicated to Mirza Ghalib and has works of Ghalib and other collectables like rocks and paintings of the poet.

I have been staying in Delhi for more than 10 years now and when it comes to Mirza Ghalib, I had only heard of his haveli in Old Delhi. Recently when I visited Nizamudin Basti for one of the Poetry event, I came across the tomb of Mirza Ghalib.Mirza Ghalib's Tomb is unexpectedly small. The tomb is situated outside the courtyard of the Hazrat Nizamuddin's Tomb along with many other tombs of famed personalities in the same vicinity. In the recent years Mirza Ghalib's Tomb has been covered with a marble structure and fenced within the compound walls (the one you see in first photograph).The entry to the tomb is through Chausath khamba and Urs Mahal. Mirza Ghalib's Tomb is tiny as compared to other royal tombs in Delhi.Most of the tombs in Delhi are protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India. Tomb of Mirza Ghalib is dressed with a structure made of marble and sits within a small courtyard enclosure, which is locked most of the times. The small Tomb area is also dotted with several other graves of persons unknown.Some of the walls around the tomb are in bad shape. Although they are standing strong but surrounding market makes it a little dirty.'Ghalib Academy' is close to the tomb (just behind the tomb) which was established by the Government of India in memory and honor of this legendary poet. Ghalib Academy has a large library which has a wide collection of literature books written in the Urdu language as well as several other related subjects. It also nestles a small museum dedicated to Mirza Ghalib and has works of Ghalib and other collectables like rocks and paintings of the poet.One can enter into the area of the Tomb of Mirza Ghalib via a narrow lane that stretches along the Nizamuddin Basti (Village). Entry is free for all on any day. Since the Tomb site remains locked, you will need to obtain the keys from the Ghalib Academy Administration Office.While at Mirza Ghalib Tomb, you can also enjoy shopping at the nearby Sunder Nagar Market that sells a variety of antiques, jewellery and brassware. The Lajpat Nagar  market is also close by which is a good market place to shop for garments. Dilli Haat can also be an interesting place to buy handicrafts from various states of India.Located in front of the Chausath Khamba, Urs Mahal is an assembly hall where Khawwali programs are held on festival days and on the days during “Urs of Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya”.After discovering this place, I realized that Delhi has lot more than what we know and it always presents you new surprises.

One can enter into the area of the Tomb of Mirza Ghalib via a narrow lane that stretches along the Nizamuddin Basti (Village). Entry is free for all on any day. Since the Tomb site remains locked, you will need to obtain the keys from the Ghalib Academy Administration Office. 

I have been staying in Delhi for more than 10 years now and when it comes to Mirza Ghalib, I had only heard of his haveli in Old Delhi. Recently when I visited Nizamudin Basti for one of the Poetry event, I came across the tomb of Mirza Ghalib.Mirza Ghalib's Tomb is unexpectedly small. The tomb is situated outside the courtyard of the Hazrat Nizamuddin's Tomb along with many other tombs of famed personalities in the same vicinity. In the recent years Mirza Ghalib's Tomb has been covered with a marble structure and fenced within the compound walls (the one you see in first photograph).The entry to the tomb is through Chausath khamba and Urs Mahal. Mirza Ghalib's Tomb is tiny as compared to other royal tombs in Delhi.Most of the tombs in Delhi are protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India. Tomb of Mirza Ghalib is dressed with a structure made of marble and sits within a small courtyard enclosure, which is locked most of the times. The small Tomb area is also dotted with several other graves of persons unknown.Some of the walls around the tomb are in bad shape. Although they are standing strong but surrounding market makes it a little dirty.'Ghalib Academy' is close to the tomb (just behind the tomb) which was established by the Government of India in memory and honor of this legendary poet. Ghalib Academy has a large library which has a wide collection of literature books written in the Urdu language as well as several other related subjects. It also nestles a small museum dedicated to Mirza Ghalib and has works of Ghalib and other collectables like rocks and paintings of the poet.One can enter into the area of the Tomb of Mirza Ghalib via a narrow lane that stretches along the Nizamuddin Basti (Village). Entry is free for all on any day. Since the Tomb site remains locked, you will need to obtain the keys from the Ghalib Academy Administration Office.While at Mirza Ghalib Tomb, you can also enjoy shopping at the nearby Sunder Nagar Market that sells a variety of antiques, jewellery and brassware. The Lajpat Nagar  market is also close by which is a good market place to shop for garments. Dilli Haat can also be an interesting place to buy handicrafts from various states of India.Located in front of the Chausath Khamba, Urs Mahal is an assembly hall where Khawwali programs are held on festival days and on the days during “Urs of Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya”.After discovering this place, I realized that Delhi has lot more than what we know and it always presents you new surprises.

Folks playing cricket in Urs Mahal campus which is on the entry of Mirza Ghalib's Tomb and near Chasath KHamba. 

While at Mirza Ghalib Tomb, you can also enjoy shopping at the nearby Sunder Nagar Market that sells a variety of antiques, jewellery and brassware. The Lajpat Nagar  market is also close by which is a good market place to shop for garments. Dilli Haat can also be an interesting place to buy handicrafts from various states of India.

I have been staying in Delhi for more than 10 years now and when it comes to Mirza Ghalib, I had only heard of his haveli in Old Delhi. Recently when I visited Nizamudin Basti for one of the Poetry event, I came across the tomb of Mirza Ghalib.Mirza Ghalib's Tomb is unexpectedly small. The tomb is situated outside the courtyard of the Hazrat Nizamuddin's Tomb along with many other tombs of famed personalities in the same vicinity. In the recent years Mirza Ghalib's Tomb has been covered with a marble structure and fenced within the compound walls (the one you see in first photograph).The entry to the tomb is through Chausath khamba and Urs Mahal. Mirza Ghalib's Tomb is tiny as compared to other royal tombs in Delhi.Most of the tombs in Delhi are protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India. Tomb of Mirza Ghalib is dressed with a structure made of marble and sits within a small courtyard enclosure, which is locked most of the times. The small Tomb area is also dotted with several other graves of persons unknown.Some of the walls around the tomb are in bad shape. Although they are standing strong but surrounding market makes it a little dirty.'Ghalib Academy' is close to the tomb (just behind the tomb) which was established by the Government of India in memory and honor of this legendary poet. Ghalib Academy has a large library which has a wide collection of literature books written in the Urdu language as well as several other related subjects. It also nestles a small museum dedicated to Mirza Ghalib and has works of Ghalib and other collectables like rocks and paintings of the poet.One can enter into the area of the Tomb of Mirza Ghalib via a narrow lane that stretches along the Nizamuddin Basti (Village). Entry is free for all on any day. Since the Tomb site remains locked, you will need to obtain the keys from the Ghalib Academy Administration Office.While at Mirza Ghalib Tomb, you can also enjoy shopping at the nearby Sunder Nagar Market that sells a variety of antiques, jewellery and brassware. The Lajpat Nagar  market is also close by which is a good market place to shop for garments. Dilli Haat can also be an interesting place to buy handicrafts from various states of India.Located in front of the Chausath Khamba, Urs Mahal is an assembly hall where Khawwali programs are held on festival days and on the days during “Urs of Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya”.After discovering this place, I realized that Delhi has lot more than what we know and it always presents you new surprises.


Located in front of the Chausath Khamba, Urs Mahal is an assembly hall where Khawwali programs are held on festival days and on the days during “Urs of Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya”. 

After discovering this place, I realized that Delhi has lot more than what we know and it always presents you new surprises. 

15 comments:

Arun Prasadh said...

Tomb looks beautiful.

D.Nambiar said...

Grand. The ceiling and the lattice work is very attractive.

annie anna said...

Despite of being delhiiets, i am unaware of these wonderful places...your blogs is really helpful in the regard!

Yogi Saraswat said...

Tomb looks very beautiful . Never hear about it before but I visited Gaalib Haveli in Old Delhi .

Rakesh Pandey said...

Wow! Knew a lot about Mirza, but nothing about his tomb. Great read and pix!

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Is it close to Hazrat Nizamudin station?

rupam sarma said...

Nice post, Beautiful photos

Rajesh said...

Wonderful architecture.

tripathi said...

Weldon my dear
Ones you go..near..khankhana tomb..thats for poetry man Rahim..cabinet minister of akber..
All so try to visit coramandal park that is with full of marble structu like Jorge v and more rulers of India its JUST FRANT of NIRAKARI sat sang ground very important..British troops..hope you visit..Gorge V murti marvel was just next to India gate in side or one canopy up to deaths of mahatma Gandhi now his steychu is there with more rulers of India...try...Weldon if needed ask me like to help....thanks...

tripathi said...

Visit hastisal village that was place for elephant's for Royal family.. I mean in India yatha naam tatha guns...i mean named having same message...that you have to sort out...or try....good day my dear...

VJ Sharma said...

Yes Arun. It's nice, although surroundings are not very well maintained.

VJ Sharma said...

D.Nambiar - The actual tomb is not that grand. These are other tombs near Ghalib's tomb. But yes, they are beautiful.

VJ Sharma said...

Annie- I am happy to hear that. At the same time I should accept that Delhi has lot to explore and even I don't know many of those places. Trying to explore them one by one :)

VJ Sharma said...

Yogi / Rakesh - I got to know about it through one of the poetry events by Literaturestudio.in

VJ Sharma said...

Yes Shrinidhi !

Thanks Rupam !

Yes, Rajesh. The architecture is beautiful.

Tripathi - Thanks for these details. Helpful !

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