Isa Khan’s tomb is a crumbling oasis of tranquillity in frantic New Delhi. It’s very near the shrine of the Muslim Sufi-saint, Nizam-ud-Din, and the village of Nizamuddin, and is thus only some 10 to 15 minutes by rickshaw from Connaught Place.
The shrine itself is enclosed within a vast wall, some 250-300 yards across. The wall is about 15 feet high, and built of the reddish sandstone so favoured by the Murghal builders in India. It is a graceful structure, similar to the walls around the Red Fort; flat up to about 4 feet from the top, with arches above that height, and with mature trees reaching above the height of the wall and providing shade for children playing beneath them. As you enter through the gateway, you see a large grass expanse, with an octagonal building (the shrine) in the centre. On the right-hand side of the enclosure is a mosque building, set into the wall with a flat rood above it, punctuated by a few small domes and one central dome. There is no entrance fee to come into the compound, and no information, plaques, or guides, which makes a welcome change after some of the sights in Delhi!