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Humayun's Tomb, Delhi

Humayun's Tomb Facts

Humayun Tomb in Delhi

Name: Humayun's Tomb, Mausoleum of Humayun
Initial Construction: 1556A.D.
Where is Humayun Tomb: Humayun's Tomb Location is in the southeastern suburb of New Delhi
Who Built Humayun Tomb: It was built by the Humayun's wife, Empress Bega Begum

Humayun's Tomb, built in 1556, is the mausoleum of the second Mughal emperor Humayun. It is the first garden mausoleum in the Indian subcontinent and has special cultural significance. It has led to several important innovations in the field of architecture. It is also a typical combination of Islamic and Hindu architectural styles. And it was included in the World Heritage List in 1993.

Humayun's Tomb History

Humayun was the son of Babur, the first Mughal king, who succeeded him in 1530. In 1540, due to the Afghan invasion, Humayun began 15 years of exile. Later, with the help of the Persians, Humayun recovered Delhi and Agra. Unfortunately, he finally fell down the library stairs and died unexpectedly. After his son Akbar succeeded to the throne, he built the mausoleum and led the Mughal dynasty to its peak.

A Garden Style Mausoleum

Humayun's Tomb is an outstanding milestone in the development of Mughal architectural in the Akbar era. It skillfully combines the styles of Islamic architecture and Hindu architecture, creating a new trend in the history of Islamic architecture. This group of buildings is large in scale and complete in layout. The whole cemetery faces south with a rectangular plane surrounded by a red sandstone wall about 2 kilometers long. The cemetery has a beautiful scenery with palm trees and cypress trees lined in rows, lush grass and scattered fountains. It is a large garden with exquisite layout. The gate is built of limestone. It is an octagonal pavilion-type building with marble and red sandstone fragments inlaid into brilliant patterns.

Humayuns Tomb, Delhi
Humayun's Tomb

In the center of the cemetery is the main building, with a square tomb about 24 meters high, standing on a 47.5 square meters high stone platform. There are four gates around the tomb body. The upper part of the lintel is circular arc with soft lines. The four walls are small arches which are arranged in order in two layers, and there is an elegant hemispherical white marble dome in the center of the top of the tomb. The dome is composed of two separate vaults, one on top and one on the bottom, with a gap in the middle. The outer vault supports the white marble shell, and the inner vault forms the vault covering the burial chamber. In the center of the outer vault stands a small yellow metal spire, which shines brightly. The interior of the bedroom is radial and leads to an octagonal palace 22 meters high on both sides. The palace has two domed octagonal pavilions on each side, which serve as a foil for the large dome in the center. The tombs of Humayun and the queen are in the middle of the bedroom. On both sides of the palace are the tombs of five Mughal emperors.

How to Get to Humayun's Tomb

Take bus 411 to Hazrat Nizamuddin and then walk to Humayun's Tomb.

Humayun Tomb nearest metro station: Central Sectt

Humayun Tomb Ticket Price
250 rupees; Free on Friday
Humayun's Tomb Timings
Sunrise to sunset
Recommended time for a visit
2 hours
Best Travel Season
January to September
Travel Tips
1. Mobile phones need to be muted.
2. Take off your shoes when entering the temple, where there is a free storage place.

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