H umayun’s Tomb, located in South East Delhi, India, is a true architectural wonder that has stood the test of time. Commissioned by Humayun’s wife, Empress Bega Begum, in the mid-16th century, the tomb is considered to be one of the most significant examples of Mughal architecture in India. The tomb’s design is credited to Mirak Mirza Ghiyas, a Persian architect who was brought to India by Humayun’s son and successor, Emperor Akbar.
The tomb is situated in a lush garden, known as the Charbagh, which covers an area of around 88 acres and is divided into four equal parts. This design is based on the traditional Persian Paradise garden and is said to have been a source of inspiration for the later Mughal gardens such as the Taj Mahal. The tomb itself is made of red sandstone and white marble and is a perfect square in shape. It stands on a high platform and has a double dome that is surrounded by chhatris (small domed pavilions) on all four corners. The tomb also has several arched openings that allow natural light to flood the interior.
The inside of the tomb is just as impressive as the outside. The main chamber houses the cenotaph of Humayun, while the actual burial chamber is located in the basement. The cenotaph is made of white marble and is decorated with intricate inlay work. The walls of the chamber are adorned with beautiful frescoes and the floor is covered in intricate geometric patterns made of inlaid marble.
Humayun’s tomb is also notable for its innovative architectural design, it was the first garden-tomb in the Indian subcontinent, It was the first significant example of Mughal architecture in India, and it set a precedent for later Mughal monuments such as the Taj Mahal. In fact, the Taj Mahal was said to have been heavily influenced by the design of Humayun’s tomb. The tomb’s innovative design features, such as the double dome and the use of white marble and red sandstone, were also adopted by later Mughal emperors in their own architectural projects.
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The tomb was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993 and is considered one of the most important landmarks in the country. It is a must-see for anyone interested in Mughal architecture and the history of India. Visiting Humayun’s tomb is an opportunity to step back in time and witness the grandeur and beauty of the Mughal Empire at its peak.
Jor Bagh and JLN Stadium are the closest metro stations. The admission fee is INR 35 per head for Indian citizens and INR 500 per head for foreigners. It is open every day from dawn to dusk (they haven’t really defined any timings). Children under the age of 15 are admitted free of charge. You may buy tickets in person when you get to the venue, or if you want to save time, you can even reserve them online.
At the tomb, photography is free, but video recording costs INR 25 per person. Just be sure to wait till a day with nice weather before doing this.
How to reach Humayun’s Tomb
Nearest Metro Station – JLN Stadium & Jorbagh metro station
Nearest Bus Stand – Nizamuddin Dargah, Delhi Public School (Near Neela Gumbad)
Humayun’s Tomb Delhi Entry Fee
Rs. 30 per person for Indians
Rs. 500 per person for Foreign Tourists