Built by Bega Begum (Hajji Begum), nine years after the death of her husband, Humayun, the Humayun’s Tomb in New Delhi perfectly preserves the Mughal style of architecture with small water channels and fountains. The Charbagh garden that surrounds the tomb looks very Persian and offers a nice place to relax. The complete structure is impressive and unique in itself. Double domed elevation and decorative kiosks (chattris) are the key highlights of the tomb. Overall, the combination of red sandstone and white marble in the entire monument is unique and attractive.
Some quick facts and tips about Humayun’s tomb:
- It is the 1st garden-tomb that was built in India. Since then, it has been an inspiration behind the construction of a series of similar tombs surrounded by gardens all across India during the Mughal Era.
- It is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1993.
- It’s construction costs were estimated to be of 15 lakh rupees.
- Several rulers of the Mughal dynasty were buried here.
- Towards the south-west of the tomb of Humayun, is Barber’s tomb (Nai-ka-Gumbad).
- Other monuments in the same complex include the tomb and mosque of Isa Khan, Arab Sarai, Nila Gumbad, Bu Halima’s tomb.
- Eatables are not allowed inside. Do carry water.
- Evenings are best for photography.
Location: Opposite Dargah Nizamuddin, Mathura Road, New Delhi
Timings: Open from sunrise to sunset (open all days)
Entry Fee: Rs. 10 per head (Indians), Rs. 250/head (Foreigners)
Free for children up to 15 years of age.
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