Location: The national heritage ‘Lal Bangla’ (red bungalow), housing the mausoleums of two royal late-Mughal heirs, is located on the Zakir Hussain Road in the complex of the Delhi Golf Club, Delhi.

Authority: Archaeological Survey of India.

Overview:

  • Two mausoleums: The monument Lal Bangla is categorized as a national heritage since it’s a pious place occupied for building two historical graves of Lal Kunwar (the mother of Shah Alam II) (1759-1806) & Begum Jan (his daughter).
  • Materials used in mausoleums: Red and yellow sandstone.
  • Main Gateway: The gateway through which majestic inside view of ‘Lal Bangla’ is built to its south beautifully designed with arched niches, sandstones brackets and octagonal chhatris on both sides.
  • Structure of mausoleums: The tombs of both foretold historical figures are attached to rooms square in shape along with elongated square hall appearing oblong halls in between them.  The tombs are resting on a red sandstone platform adjoining rooms at nooks or corners. Tombs’ domed top evokes the late Mughal style having pinnacle at its top edge.
  • Three tombs in the adjoining enclosure: The three kins or family persons of Emperor Akbar II (1806-1837) are buried and are resting in the graveyards as ‘mausoleums’ built for them in the enclosed area of Lal Bangla that comes under the Delhi Golf Club premises.     
  • Tomb of Sayed Abid: The complex also houses the memorial of Sayed Abid as his ‘tomb’ that was set in 1036 AH (approx. 1626 CE). He was a renowned for being a prominent soldier of Shahjahan & an associate of Khan Dauran Khan through reference of Aasar Us Sanaadeed (a seminal work of Sir Sayed Ahmed Khan on the monuments of Delhi).