Humayun's Tomb

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Bharat Scouts and Guides Marg, New Delhi, India

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FoxyFauz FoxyFauz
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Tomb of the 2nd Mughal Emperor of India Jan 14, 2016
Like Qutb Minar, the entrance fee for tourists is Rs250 and locals Rs10.

Humayun Tomb was built between 1565 A.D. to 1572 A.D., nine years after the death of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. The Emperor's body was first buried in his palace in Delhi and subsequently transferred to Punjab as it was feared that the Hindu King who had captured the palace would damage the tomb.

The cost of building the Tomb was Rs 1.5 million at the time (which I must say means thats a lot of money in those days) and was paid entirely by his wife, Empress Bega Begum. When Humayun had died in 1556, Bega Begum was so grieved over her husband's death that she dedicated her life thenceforth to a sole purpose which was the construction of the most magnificent mausoleum in the Empire, at a site near the Yamuna River in Delhi for the memorial of the late Emperor.

It is also the 1st Garden Tomb concept to be built in the Sub-Asian continent and therefore of cultural significance.

The most notable features are the garden squares (chaharbagh) with pathways water channels, centrally located well proportional mausoleum topped by double dome. The tomb and the complex now houses around 150 graves of the royal family members.

It is now one of the best historical sites in India not to mention scene location for some Bollywood films such as Bhajrangi Bhaijaan 2015.
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Toonsarah Toonsarah
566 reviews
Inspiration for the Taj Mahal Oct 17, 2015
The tomb of the second Mughal emperor is a must-see sight for a number of reasons. It was the first great example of Mughal architecture in India, the first garden tomb, and the first building to use red sandstone on such a scale. Commissioned by Humayun’s first wife, Hamida Begum, fourteen years after his death in 1556, a hundred years later it would inspire the design of the best-known of such tombs, the Taj Mahal itself. Architecturally it forms a bridge between the mausoleum of the Mughals’ ancestor Timur in Samarkand, the Gur Emir and the Taj Mahal. Unsurprisingly it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (listed in 1993).

You enter on the west side where a small museum (which we didn’t visit) tells the story of the tomb and its restoration, partly funded by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. Among other things, this restoration work removed many intrusive shop stalls etc. from the surroundings and recreated the garden setting of the tomb – a garden designed on the lines of a Persian-style charbagh with quadrilateral form. As you approach the main tomb look to your right where you will see an even older structure, the 1547 tomb complex of Isa Khan Niyazi, an Afghan noble who fought against the Mughals.

Humayun’s Tomb itself stands on a massive platform about seven metres high, dominating its surroundings. It is built from red sandstone, with white marble decoration and a white marble dome. It is 47 metres high and 91 metres wide. Like the garden which surrounds it, it was inspired by Persian architecture and is an early classic of the Mughal style which blends the Islamic elements of the homelands of the foreign dynasties that ruled India from the 12th century with local features, mainly originating from the Rajasthan region. Thus Islamic arches are in-filled with carved sandstone lattices or jaalis, and the Persian-influenced main dome surrounded by small chuttris – the elevated domed pavilions seen on so many Hindu and Mughal buildings and as free-standing structures in cenotaphs at cremation sites.

You ascend to the platform up a flight of steps under the central arch, and from there can enter the tomb on its south side. The main central chamber contains one cenotaph, that of Humayan himself – although, in accordance with standard Indo-Islamic practice, his body lies on a duplicate cenotaph in a lower chamber, precisely aligned with this one but sealed off from public view. Both are on a north-south axis, with his head to the north and turned to face Mecca which from India lies to the west. The raised cenotaph in this chamber allows those paying their respects to focus on the point of his burial and ensures that no one walks directly above him. We were to see the same burial style in several other places, most notably the Taj Mahal. And as there, the chamber is ornamented with delicate pietra dura work – a technique in which marble is inlayed with coloured, often precious or semi-precious, stones. Another feature echoed in the later Taj Mahal is the network of smaller chambers that surrounds this central one, containing the burial places of a number of other members of the royal family and nobility, including that of Humayun’s widow herself, Hamida Begum. These chambers, like the main one, have eight sides and themselves have even smaller chambers opening off them. As you explore you have a sense of being in something of a rabbit warren, and yet you are drawn to circumnavigate the main chamber from which all others radiate.

Also buried on this site, although not in the main tomb building, is Humayun’s favourite barber - in fact, there are over 100 graves in this complex.

When you exit the main structure take the time to stroll around the platform, which provides a bird’s eye view of the gardens and their symmetry. This is also a good vantage point for views over this part of Delhi – look out for a Sikh and a Buddhist temple as a visible sign of the multiplicity of faiths here.

Entrance to Humayan’s Tomb costs 250 IR for foreigners, with no extra fee for photography.
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vances says:
Interesting that Humayun’s barber was buried here as well...guess he made the cut!

Posted on: Apr 22, 2017
Nair2011 Nair2011
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Another World heritage site in Delhi Jun 23, 2012
Humayun's Tomb is located in Delhi near Nizamudding Darga. As per the inscription at the entrance Hamida Banu Begum, his grieving widow, built Emperor Humayun's mausoleum. Precursor to the Taj Mahal.

This maginificient moghul architecture stannds on a platform of 12000 square meters. Also called as Dormitory of the Mughals, this architecture is an example of Persian influence in Indian architecture. This tomb has over 100 graves within it and the structure is the first to use red standstone and white marble in such great quantities.

This complex has another noted tomb architecure too. But same is closed for renovation now.

Humayun Tomb can be reached by Delhi metro. Nearest Railway stations are Zor baugh on yello line and JLN Stadium on violet line. Auto from these stations to Humayun Tomb cost around 50IRS, 1 USD.

Entrance fee for this building is 10 IRS for Indian citizens and 250 IRS for other nationals.
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joehobo joehobo
144 reviews
First of the many.. Nov 09, 2010
Humayun was the second Mughal emperor after his father Baber who founded the rule of Mughal dynasty in India.A sickly boy it is said Baber prayed to god to take his life and spare his son. It so happened his prayers were granted.The boy grew up to be a learned man spending more time in his library rather than expanding the legacy.He is said to have died accidentally falling from the stairs of his own library.His life is summarised as "He stumbled into life and stumbled out of it".

The monument over his tomb is a UNESCO heritage site as being the first of the many Mughal famous architectures in India.Persian in design and built with red stone it is a garden tomb commissioned by his wife in 1562 to be built on the banks of the Yamuna river,beside a tomb of an Afghan general in the court of their rival Suri dynasty.

Humayun's wife and other later Mughal princes were also buried in this monument.The last of the Mughal emperors along with his family took refuge here before he was arrested and exiled to Rangoon(Burma).

The president of the USA Obama with his wife visited this site just two days ago and this prompted me to high light this monument through this review.

This monument is part of the day trip on Delhi organised by any travel agency and is sure worth the experience and for it's history.
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sidking sidking
1 reviews
Feb 08, 2008
Very beautiful and very big.i just love to go there all the time when i was

in Delhi.
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