Tomb of Mirza Ghalib
The Tomb of Mirza Ghalib is situated towards the northern end of the Chausath Khamba enclosures and very close to Hazrat Nizamuddin's Shrine. Mirza Ghalib was a renowned Urdu as well as Persian Poet of his time who was born in 1797. He was a poet in the Imperial Courts of the Mughal Empire and a close friend of Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar. He was also the Urdu and Persian Teacher of Bahadur Shah II. He is popularly known as the 'Shakespeare of Urdu' who wrote numerous Ghazals (Passionate and Musical Poems of Love normally written in the Urdu Language) and also famous for his quote which reads that Delhi is the Soul of the World.
Mirza Ghalib's Tomb is small compared to the numerous royal tombs in Delhi which has been deemed as a protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India. It is dressed with a structure made of marble and sits within a small courtyard enclosure which is kept under key and lock. The small Tomb area is also dotted with several other graves of persons unknown.
Next to the Tomb of Mirza Ghalib is the famous 'Ghalib Academy' that was established by the Government of India in memory and honour of this legendary poet. This Academy homes a large library that houses 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 homes an array of memorabilia including the works of Ghalib and other collectables like rocks and paintings of the poet.
Tourists and Visitors 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; however, since the Tomb site remains locked, you will need to obtain the keys from the Ghalib Academy Administration Office. You can also enjoy shopping at the nearby Sunder Nagar Market that sells a variety of antiques, jewellery and brassware. The Lajpat Nagar is also close by which is a good market place to shop for garments while Dilli Haat is a delight for people who love traditional, cultural and ethnic products including beautifully woven Handicrafts.