Humayun’s Tomb: For History, architecture and Nature Lovers
Elated! That’s what you feel when you see this Red Sandstone architecture, with white and black marble and yellow sandstone detailing. At once, you’ll jump to see this Delhi’s very own “Taj”, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
I remember the first time we visited Humayun’s Tomb, it was a rainy day, with a cool breeze. The sight of well maintained green gardens with lots of citrus trees at the back filled me with awe. The wide terrace of this mausoleum gave some beautiful sights, filled with pristine ambience, it truly made me feel more loved.
We love this place, for the serenity, calmness it poses and to admire the Persian style architecture. Delhi has some beautiful gardens, read for Seven wonders Park: Waste to Wonder park and about Lodhi Garden.
History of Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi :
This epitome of beauty was ordered by the first wife of Humayun (nine years after Humayun’s death), with the support of Humayun’s son, the great Akbar in 15th Century. It is a perfect marvel, adorned by the craftsmanship of Persian and Indian workers. It is also known as Humayun’s garden-tomb, due to the presence of four quadrant garden with water channels in between (Basis the Islamic Concept). The main tomb took around seven-eight years to be built and has the graves of Empress Bega Begum (Humayun’s Wife), Humayun’s Great Grandson and few more Emperor’s of Mughal Dynasty.
Special mentions are the White Marble tomb and the Jaali’s which are geometrically cut from a single piece of screen. When the sun rays filter through these Jaali’s, you’ll adore the beauty of this architecture. Be it the gardens or the open terrace or the intricate Jaali’s, it has ample picture worthy spots for photographers.
Humayun’s Tomb was constructed before Taj Mahal and gives us a sense of the way architectural development proceeded. It further holds the mention of being the first Garden Tomb in the history of India.
Massive restoration work has been undertaken under ASI and Aga Khan Trust for Culture, to restore the originality. Further, the pathway leading to the main Humayun’s Tomb also has separate tomb complex of Isa Khan (an Octagonal Tomb), and a Blue Dome (due to blue glazed tiles). The gardens all around showers one with the much-needed tranquility from the city’s hustle bustle.
Visit this mausoleum for perfect family time, on a cool day. Evenings are usually crowded, so get your tickets for the early morning!
Traveler Tips :
How to reach Humayun’s Tomb:
Humayun’s Tomb is located opposite to Nizamuddin Dargah. It is well connected by Metro (Jorbagh and Race Course station) and can be reached from all parts of the city. Lots of DTDC buses ply on this route. Nizammudin Railway station is closest to Humayun’s Tomb, in case you are coming to Delhi by train.
Best Time to visit :
Anytime during winters and early morning or late evening in Summers. Perfect for a breezy Rainy day.
Opening and Closing hours :
6 am – 6 pm, all days a week.
Entry Fee :
Rs30 for Indians and Rs500 for Foreign tourists
If you’re in Delhi, don’t miss this magnificence along with Lodhi gardens. Don’t forget to get those Instagram worthy pictures! We had a lot of our share and still don’t miss out on a cool day to have some family fun here.
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