Delhi's Nizamuddin Dargah; passion of the Sufis
Like Zen is about peace, Sufi is about passion and poetry. The dargahs of Sufi saints are like living testimony to India’s rich and open-minded Islamic past. One of the greatest Sufi saints, Nizamuddin Auliya (1238 - 1325 CE) was a spiritual successor of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti of Ajmer.
The neighborhood is divided into two parts along Mathura Road. Nizamuddin West, where the Dargah complex and a lively market dominated by Muslim vendors is located, and Nizamuddin East, an upper-class residential area situated between Humayun's Tomb and the Nizamuddin Railway Station. The dargah complex also houses tombs of poet Amir Khusro and Mughal princess Jehan Ara Begum, and Inayat Khan's tomb is just around the corner.
The other important monuments in the Nizamuddin heritage area include Humayun's Tomb, Chausath Khamba, Mirza Ghalib's tomb, Barakhamba, Sabz Burj (Blue Gumbad) at the Nizamuddin Circle and Lal Mahal.
Qawwali recitals are held every Thursday after the evening prayers. The Urs is celebrated to commemorate the death anniversaries of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya and Amir Khusro.
Nearest railway station: New Delhi Railway Station, via Dr Zakir Hussain Marg, about 7 km
Nearest airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport, via National Highway 8, about 15 km