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Humayun's Tomb

Humayun's Tomb is one of the most important monuments of the city and a perfect example of wonderful Islamic architecture was made by Mirak Mirza Ghiyas, a Persian architect. The initiative to make this monument was taken by Humayun’s senior widow Bega Begum. The monument is considered as a precursor of the Taj Mahal in terms of beauty. It was built in 1565 AD and is located on the crossing of the Lodi Road and Mathura Road. The main features of this monument are the beautiful gardens, fountains and of course the double domed mausoleum. Apart from Humayun’s tomb, there are many other Mughal rulers who have their mausoleums built in here.
Husein Haveliwala
Neha Bhise Sadalge
Be fascinated by a piece of art loved by every generation in this garden of tombs at New Delhi
Swayam Subudhi
What amazing beauty. I heard about this place a long time ago but went here later. I was with my 2 friends who were equally excited as I was. I love seeing monuments and watching them get old and turning gold in front of your eyes. Humayun's tomb (Maqbaera e Humayun) is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun in Delhi, India. The tomb was commissioned by Humayun's first wife and chief consort, Empress Bega Begum (also known as Haji Begum).I spent almost 2 hours here and saw everything there. From lush to amazing Mughal architect, I lived the moment.-Swayam
Rimjhim Pandey
As the local adage goes- It takes three things for a city to come into being- badshah, badal aur dariya. Between the tapering remnants of Aravallis in the form of the ridge and the river Yamuna, at least nine towns have flourished in thousand years in what we presently call Delhi. Dinpanah was one of such cities founded by Emperor Humayun which sprawled across the present day Mathura road which has now buried under the multiple layers of civilization. Humayun's tomb was built by his first wife, Bega Begum and designed by a Persian architect, Mirak Mirza Ghiyas. The tomb complex, constructed in Mughal style of architecture, adorned with Jali work, archs and domes, char baghs criss crossed by canals, houses a number of other structures, as well. The most famous ones being:1. Isa Khan ka makbara which was constructed two decades before the main tomb. There is a mosque inside the compound.2. Bu Halima enclosure: Inside the ornate facade lies the tomb of Bu Halima about whom not much is known. It's a huge gated enclosure.3. Arab Serai: The serai housed the Persian craftsmen who came to construct the tomb.4. Afsarwala tomb: Where there is a ruler, there are officials. Apparently, it houses the tombs of prominent officers. It also has a mosque and a madrasa in the compound.5. Barber's tomb: Not much is known about the christening of this tomb.6. Main tomb: This beautiful octagonal structure has the tombs of Humayun, both his wives, his sister, Bahadur Shah I, Dara Shikoh among others. The convention is to enter a tomb from the side of the legs of the body placed inside, which is essentially southern side. It is advisable to take off your shoes before entering the mosque. One can also visit the Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya dargah which is at a stone's throw from Humayun's tomb. Also, to please your taste buds, one can visit Nizamuddin basti and get a taste of the delicacies. The other places one can go to eat are Cafe Lota in Crafts Museum on Bhairon Marg or Khan market which is also at a distance of 3-4 kms. Nearest metro station: Jorbagh, JLN stadiumTimings: 6 am to 6 pm, 7 days a weekTicket: Rs 40 for an IndianBest time to visit: when the weather is pleasant
Rajat Kumar
Someone told me that Humayun's Tomb is a replica of Taj Mahal and when I saw it for the first time, I actually realized, it looked like Taj Mahal. This magnificent tomb will take you back to the history and you will find yourself in some different time... This tomb is the tomb of Mughal Emperor Humayun and the first garden tomb of Indian subcontinent. The tomb was commissioned by his wife Bega Beghum and was designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyas and Sayyid Muhammad, his son. This was the first structure where red sandstones were used at such large scale.This tomb is huge, beautifully built and attracts tourists from all over the world.Main Attractions inside Humayun's TombIsa Khan Niyazi's TombThe moment you enter, on the right side, there is Isa Khan Niyazi's Tomb, which dates back to 1547. It is an octagonal tomb and is surrounded by octagonal garden. His entire family is buried here.Bu Halima’s Tomb & GardenIf you are entering the main complex (from West), you will first see Bu Halima’s garden.Afsarwala TombIT is located in the southwest end. It belongs to a nobleman who served in the court of Akbar.Arab SaraiThis structure is just next to Afsarwala mosque. It was built by Bega Begum in around 1561 CE.Nila GumbadDue to the blue glazed tiles used in construction, it is named so. Nila Gumbad (Blue Dome) was built for Miyan Fahim who was a servant.Chillah Niamuddin AuliaThis structure is present outside of the complex and is said to be the living place of Nizamuddin AuliiyaBarber’s TombThe Nai Ka Gumbad (Barber’s Tomb) is located towards south east corner. This tomb belongs to a royal barber.How to reach Humayun's Tomb?You can reach there easily. The nearest metro station is JLN Metro Station on Violet Line. From there, you can get an auto or e-riksha, which should cost you around 30 INR to 40 INR. 
Next place in the history time travel was Humayun's Tombstone.I once saw on discovery and they were telecasting a documentary on this place. In that they mention that this is one of the finest architecture India has and believe me it is true. It is an architecture which combines persian and mughal element.Facades are decorated with marble and red stand stone.Not only the Humayun's Tom but the Isa Khan's Tomb which you get to explore when you just enter is an finest architecture in shades of blue. Internal carving of this building are magical. Then we gave a visit to CP
Anil Kumar
This first garden-tomb in the Indian sub-continent was built by empress Bega Begum with a design by a Persian architect Miyak Mirza Ghiyas. The entire Charbagh here is a massive 30 acre garden with quadrilateral layout and is the first of its kind in the South Asia region. This huge paradise garden is bisected two water channels, reflecting the four rivers that flow in the Jannat, the Islamic concept of Paradise. Later, the garden is also divided into four squares with the help of Khiyabans (the walk pathways). This garden differs from the gardens of Babur in Kashmir as the building is placed in the centre of the park and the garden symbolises the palace of emperor in paradise. Humayun’s mausoleum stands amass in red sandstone and white marble at the centre point of the grid. The central water channel here disappears and reappears on the others side of the tomd structure depicting the ‘Quranic Verse’ which talks about rivers flowing beneath the “Garden of Paradise” and hence the name given.Year Built: - 1569-1570.Entry Fee: - Rs 30 for Indians and 500 for foreigners.Timings of Visit: - Sunrise to Sunset every day.Location: - Nearest metro station is Jor Bagh Metro Station in Delhi, from there you can take a bus to the tomb.
Ridhima Gera
On this chilly winter morning I decided to visit the Humayun's Tomb for my final day, it is a beautiful monument with amazing architecture and is like a bliss to the visitor's eyes! The monument was full of tourists, some school kids on a picnic and very few locals. There were even some college students just chilling around and this place was giving a complete feel of the Old Delhi
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Avinash Singh
5. Humayun's Tomb - It is a beautiful piece of Mughal Architecture with symmetric built and surrounded by gardens and trees. Well maintained place for casual visits and a great photo-shoots. Nearest Metro Station - Jor Bagh Metro, JLN Metro.
After a bit of walk, I was bewildered to see the main tomb which was humongous and an excellent blend of Mughal and Indian architecture. As I inched closer I found it was made of white marble and red sandstone. With smaller cenotaphs on all sides, as I moved inside there is a stark contrast between the exterior and the interior. You would find the double layered dome – outside to give the dome appearance and inside fully decorated to withstand the volume. There is a cenotaph at the center but the actual burial place is far below it and it opens somewhere outside the tomb which is normally restricted for public visit. One can notice the small minarets surrounding the white marble central dome. The windows inside are exquisitely built like jalis and sunlight complements it that well.
Umang Dave
Delhi the capital city has a great historical importance. The city which was capital of the Mughal empire has many magnificent architectures which are the best example of the Indian architectural heritage. The tomb is built in Persian architectural style and has huge domes and built upon a high platform.During my short stay in Delhi, I have got chance to explore the city. Among many monuments the tomb of Humayu has its special place.The tomb is located in Nizamuddin East inside the Delhi city area. How to reach: One can easily reach there by taking an auto from connaught place.Nearest Metro staion is Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Metro Station in Violet Line - This is about 2 kms from Humayun's Tomb.The monument has a large area. The beautiful garden has a fountain in front of the main building. There are many trees planted in this large area, which add more beauty to the old monument.
Nitesh Anand Rai
Humayun's Tomb built in 1570, is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. It inspired several major architectural innovations, culminating in the construction of the Taj Mahal. the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun in Delhi, India. The tomb was commissioned by Humayun's first wife and chief consort, Empress Bega Begum, a symbol of a woman's love for her husband.
Kritika Goel
Growing up, I spent all my summers visiting my grandparents in Delhi, and each summer, my mom and I would talk about how we’d visit Humayun’s Tomb during that trip. Unfortunately, we never got around to doing it, and we mostly blamed it on the scorching summer sun. Although that excuse isn’t really valid because I lived in Delhi for three full years while in college and had plenty of time to go there. My nana (mom’s dad) always wanted to take us there too but somehow it never happened.Last month, I lost my nana to cancer. The whole family got together in Delhi for the funeral and a day after the funeral, my parents and I found ourselves at home without any plans for the day and just like that, we decided to go to Humayun’s Tomb. A part of me believes my nana made it happen and in a strange yet comforting way, I could feel his presence the entire time I was there.The Mughal era is my most favorite part of Indian history. Humayun’s Tomb, the tomb of the great Mughal Emperor Humayun, was built way back in 1572 by his widow Bega Begum, and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. It’s said to be the first garden-tomb to be built in the Indian subcontinent and is the one of the first monuments to be made using the combination of red sandstone and white marble in India (and it is also said to have inspired the construction of the Taj Mahal). The tomb is set in 12 hectares of serene and beautiful gardens, and it is quite an experience to just take a stroll through them while marveling at the grandeur of Humayun’s Tomb.Having visited the place now, I can’t believe I’d never been there before. It’s amazing how such a magnificent structure is nestled in the middle of the city and transports you back in time, all while offering the most peaceful surrounding. I have a lot of great pictures from those few hours I spent at Humayun’s Tomb and thought it’d be a shame not to share them. So here goes!
Souparna Chakraborty
In the second part of the story, I will continue stating why I don’t love Delhi at all where different sorts of foods have killed my taste buds totally. Feeling excited? Stay tuned for more!
Harshit Doshi
After lotus temple we left for humayun's tomb. Mughal empire structure. Where we clicked alot of pictures. By late evening around 7, we had a bus from Majnu ka Tila .We left from Shahdra at around 5:30 for majnu ka tila. And sat in a bus with huge dreams and desire for the most awaited trip. We took a bus of Manali.
Neha Sakseria
Amazing experience of our visit to the tomb of Emperor Humayun. Built of red sandstone, it depicts the future of Mughal Architecture which reached it's zenith under Shah Jahan. It has graves of 101 members of Humayun's family. The place is serene and away from the noise of the city.
This grandiose Delhi monument is actually inspired by one of the seven wonders of World, Taj Mahal. Built in 1570, Humayun’s Tomb is a burial chamber of the great Mughal King, Humayun. Set amid the beautiful garden, Humayun’s tomb was the beginning of changed Mughal architecture in India. With the overwhelming appreciation of this artistic monument, the Mughal rulers build such tombs all across the country.• Location: Nizamuddin East, New Delhi• Opening Hours: Sunrise to sunset• How to Reach- Buses or Delhi Metro are frequently availableSourceKnown for its magnificent architecture, Jantar Mantar is another famous monument of Delhi which has gathered endless tourists across the world. Jantar Mantar is considered one of the most interesting Indian masterpieces. It was built in1712 Maharaja Jai Singh II of Rajasthan. The complexity of its structure and maze-like constructions has made it a glorious attraction of India.• Location: Sansad Marg, Connaught Place,• Opening Hours: 6 am to 6 pm• How to Reach- Buses or Delhi Metro are frequently available6. Jama MasjidSourceThe Jama Masjid in Delhi is one of the biggest Mosques in India. The religious sentiments and the architectural splendor draw a lot of tourists to this place and made it a historical monument of Delhi. The Mosque is surrounded by three huge gates, four towers and two 40m high minarets constructed of strips of red stone and white marble.• Location: Opposite Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi• Opening Hours: Sunrise to Sunset. Closed during prayer hours from 12.15 p.m. to 1.45 p.m• How to Reach- Buses or Delhi Metro are frequently available7. Old Fort or Purana KilaSourceStood sturdy for long 5000 years, Old Fort or Purana kila is one among the oldest Delhi monuments. Purana Kila was built in 1538-45 by the ruler Sher Shah Suri. It is popular for its massive structure with three grand gateways namely Talaqi Darwaza, Bara Darwaza and Humayun Darwaza. The ambiance, the still lake, lush green beautiful lawns created to attract visitors has made it on top of the list of monuments in Delhi.• Location: Mathura Rd, New Delhi• Opening Hours: 7 am to 5 pm• How to Reach- Buses or Delhi Metro are frequently available8. Lodi TombSourceBuild inside the beautiful Lodi Garden, Lodi Tomb is one of the most famous monuments of Delhi which defines the majestic art of Mughal architecture. It is the memorial tomb for the great leader and king, Sikander Lodi. Lodi Garden is also popular as garden of tombs. Apart from the wonderful Lodi tomb, one can also behold Muhammad Shah tomb, Shish Gumbad, and Bara Gumbad.• Location: Lodi Road, not far from Humayun's Tomb.• Opening Hours: 6 am to 8 p.m Monday• How to Reach- Buses or Delhi Metro are frequently available9. Swaminarayan AkshardhamSourceAkshardham is an enormously build tomb-like structure with the bright white colored coating, is an incredible masterwork to witness in Delhi. It was built by a spiritual association, Swaminarayan Sanstha to showcase the tale of Swaminarayan. This huge and famed attractions is dedicated to exhibiting the stories and karma of Swaminarayan and to glorify the beauty of Indian culture. Witness some amazing sculptures, well-maintained garden, golden statues and so on at Akshardham.• Location: N. H. 24 | Near Noida Mor, New Delhi.• Opening Hours: 9.30 a.m to 6.30 p.m How to Reach- Buses or Delhi Metro are frequently available10. Lotus TempleSourceLotus Temple is one of the most eminent Delhi monuments, known for its beautiful flower-like structure. The best of Lotus Temple can be seen after the sunset when it is lit up with colored lights. Designed with crystal white marble, the lotus temple is associated with the Bahai Faith, which believes in the unity and harmony of all people irrespective of religions. The serene pond area and quiet garden encircling the temple is an attraction point of Lotus temple.• Location: Near Nehru Place, south New Delhi• How to Reach- Buses or Delhi Metro are frequently available• Opening Hours: 9.00 a.m. to 7pm
Georgie Crane
We subsequently moved on to Humayun's Tomb, a site in which many future architectural creations, including the great Taj Mahal, find their origin. This elaborate tomb complex was constructed in 1565 by the Mughal Emperor Humayun's widow, Hamida Banu Begum, nine years after his death, and was the first garden style tomb to be constructed in India. The tomb stands in the centre of vast, Charbagh-style Persian gardens, split into perfectly symmetrical segments, and linked by channels. This deliberate geometrical scheme consisting of four identical parts separated by wide paths and flowing channels (representing the river of Paradise) served as a powerful metaphor for the Paradise Garden.The first of its kind, Humayun's Tomb went on to serve as the prototype for many other Mughal tombs, on which similar techniques were employed, such as the use of red sandstone, the central building's octagonal shape and its high central arch. The very idea of constructing a mausoleum in honour of a loved one is the central foundation stone behind the creation of the Taj Mahal.
Aditya Sen
Humayun's Tomb: After his death on 20 January 1556, Humayun's body was first buried in his palace in Purana Quila at Delhi. Thereafter it was taken to Sirhind, in Punjab by Khanjar Beg, because it was feared that Hindu king Hemu, who had defeated Mughal forces in Agra and Delhi in Oct. 1556 and captured Purana Quila, will damage the tomb. In 1558, it was seen by his son, the then Mughal Emperor, Akbar. Akbar subsequently visited the tomb when it was about to be completed in 1571.The tomb of Humayun was built by the orders of Akbar (3rd emperor of mughal empire), Humayun's first wife and chief consort, and begun in 1565, nine years after his death, and completed in 1572 AD at a cost of 1.5 million rupes at the time
So let us tell you something about the tomb now :· It has proved to be an inspiration for some other architectural monuments such as The Taj Mahal.· On opposition to Taj Mahal, which was built by a husband for his wife, Humanyun’s Tomb was built by a wife, Hamida Banu Begam for her husband in 1562 CE.· The Tomb was designed by a Persian architect, Mirak Mirza Ghiyath.· The monument is all made with red and white marbles which looks very beautiful.· It took eight years to built the Humayun’s Tomb. Rs 1.5 million were invested in it.· The Tomb consists of green lush garden at its all sides.· One can see the image of the Tomb portrayed in the water(if it is not contaminated) seen from a good angle which looks stunning. AND last but not the least, an another tomb which is adjacent to Humayun’s tomb called Isa Khan’s tomb is also an eye catching monument made with white marbles, built within an enclosed octagonal garden which bears striking resemblance to other tombs in the lodhi garden. So, overall the tomb is worth exploring once. We found it very calm and pleasant place to be at and if you are somebody who loves spending time alone with music and books DON’T come here you’ll get bored like hell. Just kidding YOU CAN TRY LOVE. According to us this place is good for photography and yes come along with your partner sit, relax, click pictures and go back, haha !
Humayun's tomb is a fine example of Mughal style monuments inspired by the early Persian architecture. Avowed as 'Humayun ka maqbara', it was his widow - Hamida Banu Begum - who built Humayun's tomb seeking help from Mirak Mirza Ghiyath, a Persian architect. Legend has it that during his exile in Persia, Humanyu was so inspired by the Persian architecture that he desired to construct one himself for himself- though there is no authenticity to this effect.The tomb exemplifies the early Mughal architectural marvels with its worth noting double dome and char-bagh. Humayun ka maqbara proper stands in the center of four gardens(char-bagh), in octagonal layout with sky-high arches, pillared rotunda, and a double dome of Central Asian origin. While the tomb introduced Persian artistry in India, Humayun's tomb also depicts complementary mingling of Mughal and Hindu cultures - several Hindu motifs ornate the tomb.
The monumental plinth is graced in red sandstone arches with multiple chambers. Humayun's tomb is an austere white marble sarcophagus, resting on a black and white marble podium. The grave, however, is no longer accessible. The dormitory of the House of Timur houses the graves of Humayun's wives, and Dara Shikoh - Shah Jahan’s scholarly son.There are two main entrances to this grandiose monument: the main entrance is from the south, and the other from the west. While Sikandar Lodi's tomb was the first ever garden-tomb to be constructed in India, it was Humayun ka maqbara which was setting up a new vogue. The Taj Mahal at Agra is a living proof of that crowning achievement.