Humayun’s Tomb

interior 2Located in Nizamuddin East, Delhi, Humanyun’s tomb is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun.  He passed away in 1556 and his wife Hamida Banu Begam supervised the construction of his tomb from the year 1562. This spectacular piece of architecture took almost 9 years to complete. Humayun was the second Mughal Emperor to rule India, after his father, Babur being the first.

 

The architect of the project, Mirak Mirza Ghiyuath, was Persian and hence the architecture of the tomb has a Persian influence. It is not only the first garden-tomb of its kind in India but is also the first classic example of Mughal architecture.

from far away

interior

The tomb was constructed at a cost of 1.5 million rupees (15 lakh). The tomb is situated at the banks of Yamuna River. It was chosen because of its proximity to Nizamuddin Dargah which is the mausoleum of the famous Sufi saint of Delhi. Humayun’s tomb is also the first structure to use red sandstone at such a scale.

interior 3

up close

Along with the tomb of Humayum the compound also has the tomb of his wife, Hamida Begum and also of Dara Shikoh, son of the late emperor Shah Jahan. It is also the burial ground for many other Mughals. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. It also boasts the Charbagh gardens, a typical Persian garden which was never seen before in India.

side view

within the trees

The mausoleum is a 140 feet high structure with a central dome. The tomb itself stands on a platform and in the centre of a square garden which is divided into four main parterres by ramps, in the center of which ran shallow water-channels. They were filled with water to keep the gardens green and natural at all time. The main gateway of Humayun’s tomb consists of a large square enclosure and Humayun’s tomb can be seen at the center.

entrance

tomb

Built over acres of lush green land and surrounded by fountains this complex is home to a well manicured garden, a beautiful mosque and several other tombs. It represents Mughal architecture at its best.

fountains

38 comments to Humayun’s Tomb

  • Manspury

    Great site I was there ling time ago .my best greetings to India and its people .

  • V Raghavan

    Many visitors to Delhi see Safdarjung Tomb, which is in the very heart of New Delhi, but miss out this beauty, which is located just outside. A must!

  • Sadiqtamanna

    I had the opportunity to visit this magnificent tomb many times while I was working in New Delhi.

  • M. Abdullah

    Classical and an excellent piece of Mughal architecture!!!!
    That was the golden era of Mughal architecture that produced master pieces like the Jama Masjid, the Lal Quila and the wonderful Taj Mahal. We are proud of our rich heritage.

  • Shangubi

    Beauuuuuuuuuutifulllllllllllll….

  • ISMAIL DAMDA

    Whenever I visit N Delhi I always visit Himayun Muqbara

  • poongodi ganesan

    Nice article. Nice place to visit.

  • P.K.SHARMA

    IT’S REAL CONDITION IS NOT ALIKE , DEPICTED IN PICTURE SLIDES. IT IS UNFORTUNATE OF OUR COUNTRY -CONCERNED DEPARTMENT , THAT IF MAY NOT CONSTRUCT NEW “HISTORICAL MONUMENTS” ; AT LEAST MUST MAY TAKE CARE OF OLD MOST ONES……………..

  • chandra sekaran Raju.

    thanks. a place of historic value and present generation has to know & to visit to know oue cultural value.
    Thanks and have a good day…Chandra sekaran raju…..

  • Satish Yadav

    Dear Friends

    It’s a really most beautiful places.

  • ASHLESH

    THANK U FOR DELIVERING SUCH PICS RELATED TO INDIAN HISTORY..

  • Irfan

    This tomb is marvellous but was not the same before.
    It was in 2009 when I visited the tomb and I have known that it’s the AGAKHAN TRUST FOR CULTURE
    which is responsible for it’s Tourist Attraction and beauty today

    this trust is not an indian trust but still helps the govt. Since last 10 yrs and work is still
    going on

    since then we see this tomb pictured in many Bollywood movies

    thanks
    Aga khan trust for culture

  • chathu

    very nice images

  • Chandra Segaran Nair

    Beautiful structure a must to visit.

  • Dr. Mohamed Riad

    This masterful historical building is not only a Mogul articulation of a gone by history, it is part of man’s strive to build one stone of glory to all HUMANITY located in the heart of India the fascinated rich triangle – store of all creeds and philosophies of the world (not to forget its fabulous riches and resources).

  • Bipin Desai

    Visited this beautiful place many many years back. I would like to visit again. . . !!!!

  • Jaffer Manek

    On 27 January 1556, Humayun, with his arms full of books, was descending the staircase from his library when the muezzin announced the Adhan (the call to prayer). It was his habit, wherever he heard the summons, to bow his knee in holy reverence. Kneeling, he caught his foot in his robe, tumbled down several steps and hit his temple on a rugged stone edge. He died three days later, and was succeeded by the 13-year old Akbar.

  • Ramkrishna Hardikar

    Very nice worth-visiting historical place.Its architecture is amazing & the surrounding buildings & gardens are also very beautiful.

  • safaa

    Beautiful buildings and great tast

  • mahendrashah

    Great! I did visit Delhi twice, but some how missed this marvelous structure of Architecture!

  • mvsmenon

    Beautiful and excellent mater piece of Mugal architecture.One can admire and enjoy the vast garden around this marvelous historical building.

  • sivapathasuntharam

    What a fantastic piece of architecture.It is dificult to beleive that in the good old days with no advancement in technology that this was possible

  • N.A.Khan

    Good site. Please send me more work

  • Mohammed Hafiz Khan

    A great historical monument.

  • Rizwan Khan

    It is right as Mr. Jaffer said, Humanyun fell down while he was coming down from his liabrary. The site of his liabrary still exists in Old Fort (Purana Qila) near his tomb.

  • Anwaar Raabani Sheikh

    Would that if the people in Pakistan loving heritage of Moslems’ era in India have the facility of tourist visa to visit such historical places there…There are great historical monuments to visit and see!!!

  • SPK SRINIVASAN

    It’s a very really most beautiful places in our country

  • Sudha Singh

    Its an exquisite piece of work esp when viewed on a full moon night. Also a gr8t experience during the Sufi festival with the dervishes swaying

  • Momin

    Its really nice. awesome beauty of pride to a country. that have India. I am from Bangladesh but liked such places to go fo routing. Thanks Priya.

  • suneet

    hi….beautiful structure and it is standing strong from the past 500 years

  • Prof. Jameel Pathan

    great marvelous architecture

  • Ashok Vyas

    This is a beautiful tomb of Mughal era. It shows that in Mughal era construction technology was also highly technical.

  • Satya

    It is funny that all the architecture of India that is claimed to be Moghul ie Taj, Red Fort, this tomb and others were actually Rajasthani style architecture proven in Amer, Jaisalmer, Mehranggh Forts which were built just as the Qu’ran was written.

    even the city of Udaipur in Rajasthan shows so much architecture that is originally Rajasthani blueprint, and yet none of these architecture types exist in Arab world, or to the exact note they do in India. It is proven factually 100 reasons Taj is Hindu temple, as was Red Fort. This was Hindu workmanship and Hindu architecture.

  • shreya

    good place ,the one’s who have not visited ,visit it.

  • fdsfadsf

    THANK U FOR DELIVERING SUCH PICS RELATED TO INDIAN HISTORY..

  • SHOBHA TIWARI

    VERY NICE SUPERB AMAZING WHAT A ART I M SPEECHLESS

  • Rehana

    I have been to this place many times. One will feel very satisfied if one sits in a corner at any place in this tomb for some time. It feels good to visit such places. i’ve enjoyed visiting here.

  • Dr M Seshagiri Rao

    I too thank you for delivering such wonderful pictures of our great heritage structures that we should be proud of. These Mysore Maharajas and other Hindu Kings were all fools. They built dams, tanks, anicuts, highways and bridges which are older than these Moghul monuments and are still functioning and giving us food. Carrying water for irrigation, roads for communication, still functioning aqueducts (oldest in the world)and such other functional structures which removed poverty and kept the people well fed. We are not made aware that those rulers ever existed. Their names are not recorded. If they had only saved all that money and used it for building beautiful palaces, extensive orchards and flower gardens & tombs for all their wives while their citizens starved,we would have hailed them as our greatest heritage. Please show me one single Irrigation canal built by any Moslem Emperor in those thousand years. Poor white men; no body thanks them for all the Punjab and Roorkee Irrigation and all the good they did in just one Hundred years. MSR

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