Fast facts about Humayun's Tomb in Delhi
When it was built: 1570
By whom it was built: Haji Begum, the widow of Mughal Emperor
Nature of the building: Tomb
History of Humayun's Tomb in Delhi
Humayun's Tomb in Delhi, the first garden-tomb in the Indian
subcontinent, had teased the architectural novelty that Taj
Mahal finally gave shape to. This tomb in New Delhi was built
by Haji Begum, the Persian widow of Humanyun, at a cost of Rs
1.5 million through 8 years. A complex of buildings displaying
Mughal architecture in Nizamuddin East, it consists of the main
tomb of the Emperor Humayun as well as several others, including
the Barber's Tomb.
Mughal emperor Humayan, was not able to rule for a long time
as he met with his untimely death after he falling from the
stairs of the Sher Mandal library. Sayyed Muhammad ibn Mirak
Ghiyathuddin and his father Mirak Ghiyathuddin brought in from
Herat, designed the tomb on the bank of the Yamuna River adjoining
the shrine of the Sufi saint of Chisti silsilah, Nizamuddin
Features of Humayun's Tomb in Delhi
- Following the Islam saying that paradise is found
in the middle of a garden with water flowing through it, Humayun's
Tomb in Delhi is situated in the middle of a garden, Char Bagh,
which is divided into four parts. 36 squares divide the garden
by a grid of water channels and paths and a high rubble wall
separate it into four large squares by causeways and channels.
This design of laying the gardens in the Persian style was introduced
- You should watch the black-and-yellow marble tomb
of Humayun's wife and the tomb of Humayun's barber known as
Nai Ka Gumbad.
- The octagonal tomb crowned by a colossal double dome,
is placed on a platform with colonnades that is again faced
by a series of cells with arched openings. There are numerous
graves under it. The central chamber has four double-storied
offsets and contains the cenotaph of the emperor Humayun and
his queen Bega Begum.
- Two double-storied gateways, one on the west and the
other on the south, guard the enclosure. There is a pavilion
in the center of the eastern wall and a hamam or the bath chamber
in the center of northern wall.
- The main tomb is placed on the north-south axis. The
dome is a complete semi-circle built with red sandstone but
bordered with white and black marble.
Don't Miss in Humayun's Tomb in Delhi
Humayun's Tomb in Delhi has revived its grandeur as the beautiful
water channels once again are full of ripples of water that
flows from the fountains. The Aga Khan Trust provided the funds
for the restoration project of the Humayun's Tomb and the project
was completed in 2003. So don't miss out on these meandering
Trivia on Humayun's Tomb in Delhi
The Humayun's Tomb, made its place in the UNESCO's list of World
Heritage Sites in 1993.
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