Another fine example of Mughal architecture, Humayun’s Tomb was built by HAJI begum, the PERSIAN WIFE of Mughal Emperor Humayun. Constructed in the memory of Humayun, it is an exemplified example of Persian as well as Mughal art. Befitting the art and design of that era, this structure is deemed fit to be compared with Taj Mahal of Agra – One of the Seven Wonders of the World!
Just before you enter this place, stand there at a distance and try to take a larger or in whole image of this structure. From a distance it looks as if it’s floating in the air and there itself lies the magnificence of this mausoleum. The arched façade is made out of marble and red sandstone. There is lot of emphasis on number or digit 8 as it strictly follows the guidelines of Muslim architecture guidelines. The small water canal which leads to the mausoleum reflects the water which one has to pass through to reach heaven. This water canal exactly embarks this ideology. On both sides of the canal are lush green gardens with flowers which were beloved of the Emperor and Empress. To this day, only these flowers are grown keeping in the sentiments of the parted away. Alive with lots of parrots and various birds, there lies the tomb of Humayun’s favourite barber and Empress Haji Begum.
There is also a Isa Khan’s tomb, to the right side of the complex, which was built many years later on in 16th century. This too is a fine example of Lodi – Era. If you walk a little further, you will find the monument of Khan – I – Khanan’s tomb – another place best from architectural point of view.
Another interesting fact attached to Humayun’s Tomb is that it is the place where last Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar took refuge before being captured by the Britishers in the year 1857!
Open : Dawn – Dusk
Hip – Hop Bus: Humayun’s Tomb is one of the listed monuments in Delhi’s famous Hip Hop bus tour.
Ticket : INR 100 (Foreigners’)
Travellers’ Advice : In case you are going to just see Humayun’s Tomb, it is best advised to hire a cab or take a taxi as very less buses go this side. There aren’t any food joints nearby, so ask your cab driver to take you to some nearby restaurant. Some of the food joints include names like Taipan (The Oberoi Hotel) 1.1 kms, Indian Accent (2.6 kms), Comesum Food Junction (Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station) and Travertino (1.2 kms).