Not many of you would know, but The Humayun Tomb is a mausoleum that inspired the Taj Mahal. The Tomb is a stroke of genius and is the first of the grand dynastic mausoleums that the Mughals built. A pioneer structure to use sandstone and marble in great quantities and popularize the Persian paradise garden format. Parrots, parakeets, eagles and sparrows in dozens swing around the tomb, singing all at once, in a sweet symphony. A golden sunset on the verge as I discovered this Mughal masterpiece.
Red sandstone minarets and grand white onion-shaped dome have dominated south Delhi’s leafy skyline for centuries. The story goes that the construction of Humayun’s Tomb was commissioned by his widow, Hamida Banu Begum 14 years after he died. Almost a hundred years later, Humayun’s great-grandson, Shah Jahan used the Delhi tomb as an inspiration to build the grand marbled Taj Mahal in Agra, in memory of his wife.
As the sun streams in through the patterned windows, the whole structure lights ups and intricate rainbow ceiling smiles down upon on. Zigzag patterns in red run in from all directions under the dome and it adds drama and grandeur to the already stunning space. Other places around the tomb, which can be explored are Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya Dargah and Tomb and mosque of Isa Khan