A few days back we shared with you our visit to one of the most famous tourist spots in Delhi – The Qutub Minar. Today we will tell you about a popular and really beautiful place with amazing history and vibes, another famous UNESCO World Heritage Site – The Humayun’s Tomb.
The tomb of Humayun, the second Mughal emperor, is the first great example of a Mughal garden tomb, later becoming an inspiration for several other monuments, such as the incomparable Taj Mahal. You can’t even help but notice the resemblance they share.
Built in 1565 by a Persian architect Mirak Mirza Ghiyas, it was commissioned by Humayun’s senior widow, Haji Begum. Humayun’s Tomb architecture is an exquisite part of the Indian Mughal architecture and serves as one of the most valuable heritage sites in India. The imposing white marble double dome is a complete half-sphere and is surrounded by a finial with a crescent in the Persian style. Later Mughal finials, such as the one at Taj Mahal, used lotus-shaped ones.
The Jaalis, such fine trellis work in stone, later became a signature feature of Mughal architecture. The imposing plinth is decorated with red sandstone arches and consists of multiple chambers, a departure from the single chamber of previous tombs.
In the tomb chamber, the plain white marble sarcophagus stands on a simple black and white marble platform The grave itself lies in the rather dark, bat-filled basement below the central part of the tomb where people are usually not allowed to go.
The Humayun Tomb complex also houses the beautiful Nila Gumbad located outside the eastern enclosure wall. It is called the so due to the structure’s dome being of the colour blue. It was built later in the Mughal Emporer Jahangir’s reign.
Interestingly, after Humayun’s death, his body was initially buried in his palace in Purana Qila at Delhi. Later, Humayun’s son, the then Mughal Emporer, Akbar recommended to move it.
Nevertheless, the whole complex is beautifully arranged and a lot of photographers and cinematographers find inspiration between the walls and nature.
You can also refer to these links to learn more about the history of the place:
Humayun Tomb Location: Mathura Road, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Nearest Metro Station: JLN Stadium.
Open: All days
Humayun Tomb Timings: Sunrise to Sunset
Entry Fee India citizens: ₹ 30
Entry Fee Foreigners: ₹ 500