If you ask anyone in India to list out is famous Dargah; then a prompt answer will come out as “Aulia Dargah”. Incidentally, Nizamuddin Aulia Dargah located in West side of Delhi, the Capital of India, is one of the Worlds’ famous Dargahs. It is one of the Dargahs’ around the world which see hundreds of Muslims, Hindus as well Christians every day! It makes no discrimination amongst any religion and welcomes people from around the globe with open heart.
It is said that Sheikh Hazrat Nizzamuddin whi was born in Uttar Pradesh in the year 1236 and was the disciple of Saint Farid Shakarganj, was blessed with special powers from Allah. Thus with his simplicity and goodness he found many renowned followers like Mughal Emperor Babur, Humayun, Akbar, Jahangir as well the great Emperor Shah Jahan. Hazrat Nizamuddin passed away in the year 1325 but is still a much revered place for millions!
This pure white marble structure Clad/covered in striking Green colour cloth called “Chadar” the dargah is open 24 hours a day. People flog here in queues, seeking the blessings of Maula. It the place where the Mughal Emperors, Queens, Prince, Princess, Ministers used to come to seek blessings. Today, it is ventured by famous Bollywood Stars who are often seen here before the opening of their new Movie!
Small lanes filled with small eatery shops can lead to the Dargah. One can buy a Chadar from any of these shops which range from INR 300 to INR 5000! One can buy these as per their pockets. On entering the dargah, one can find people lined up to the small stone door which leads to the main Dargah. There is lot of pushing to go inside! Interestingly, one simply has to stand in the queue and within seconds one can find himself inside the Dargarh – without any effort – so much is the force of people who keep on pushing people standing in queue! And yes, do watch out your head as you enter the Dargah, as the entrance is really small! Men, women, children – even 6 months old can be found standing in the queue!! So, be here to seek the blessings of God Sent and ask for anything you wish for! It is said; whatever good you ask for here in the Dargah of Nizamuddin Aulia is generally granted! Who knows even yours is!
Open : 365 days of the year, 24 hours of a day
One can find a queue from 03:00 a.m. on auspicious days
Entry Fee : Nil
Nearest Metro Station : Indraprastha Metro Station & Pragati Maidan
Ho Ho Bus Route : Not Included
Everyday Attraction : Qawwalis or songs in the name of Allah are sung every evening between 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. – 10: 30 p.m. in the open courtyard within Dargah.
Food : Several small eateries are located in the lanes which lead to Dargah. However, they are clumsy and sell non – vegetarian food. So, it’s up to you if you wish to have food.
Nearby attractions include Tomb of renowned Poet Amir Khusro and Mughal Princess Jahan Ara Begum located at a walkable distance.
Travellers Advice : As it is a religious place, one is expected to wear full body covering clothes. Traditional Indian wear like Salwar Kameez and Sherwani is most accepted. However one can also wear T – Shirts and trousers as far they cover your body.