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. There were 2 peacocks roaming around the compound and it seemed that they come here almost everyday.
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.
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.
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.