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#23 of 1161 Places To Visit in New Delhi
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Mathura Road, Opposite Dargah, Nizamuddin, New Delhi, Delhi 110013, India
entry fee
per person for Indians
per person for Foreign tourists
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All days of the week
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
visit duration
Around 2 hours

how to reach humayun's tomb

The Nizammudin railway station in Delhi is the nearest railway station to Humayun's Tomb. If you take the Metro, then Jorbagh or Race Course stations (both on the Yellow line) are the nearest. From Nizamudin East, head towards Mathura Road, past Hazrat Niazamuddin Bus Stop, and at Sabz Burj take the 3rd exit, pass Hazrat Nizamuddin Police Station and on the left is Humayun's Tomb.

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about humayun's tomb

Commissioned in 1562 by Humayun's eldest wife, Hamida Banu Begum, and designed by a Persian architect, Mirak Mirza Ghiyath, Humayun's Tomb Delhi was the first garden-tomb of India. Based on the grandness and scale of Gur-e-Amir, the tomb of Humayun's ancestor Timur, this tomb set a grand precedent for Mughal mausoleums and architecture that followed later. It was constructed at a cost of INR 15 lakh. 

Architecture of the Tomb

Declared a UNESCO Heritage Site in 1993, Humayun's Tomb Delhi is more than just another historical marker of India. In its arches, gateways, mihrab, courtyards and garden, the decline of Mughal Dynasty and rise of the British Empire can still be traced. Initially, at the time of its establishment, the central chamber where the tomb lies was furnished richly with Persian carpets, a shamiana with the cenotaph covered with a white sheet and a copy of Quran, with Humayun's sword and shoes kept in front of it. The complex is surrounded by a garden, divided by walkways and flowing water. 

This garden landscape originated with the Mughals and is called the Paradise garden or Charbagh. When Britishers took over India, the garden's landscape was changed to a more Victorian one. Fortunately Lord Curzon ordered its restoration back to the original state in the early 20th century. Following the turbulence the country went through during Partition, when Humayun's Tomb along with Purana Qila had become refugee camps for the Muslims, significant damage was caused to the structure and the garden's water channels. To this day they haven't been successfully restored to their original state. 

History of Humayun's Tomb

Delhi grew around this magnificent tomb. Fourteen years after his death, Humayun’s widow, Hamida Banu Begum, started the construction of the red sandstone tomb in 1569 CE. The impressive blue-domed tomb made with Persian tiles was designed by a Persian, Mirak Mirza Ghiyath. In the same compound, the mosque of Isa Khan, a noble of Humayun’s enemy Sher Shah, is quite distinctive in structure. The "Arab Serai" was built to accommodate the 200 Arabs brought by Hamida Banu from Mecca. The sombre mood is enhanced as this tomb sheltered Bahadur Shah Zafar in 1857.

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Shveta Berry
Shveta Berry
Great architecture
Oct 30 2015
From the point of architecture, this is unique connection b/w Gur Emir and Taj Mahal. Influenced by Persian architecture, walkways and 4 gardens are amazing. A must go and add it in your wishlist
Danish Perwez
Danish Perwez
very nice place to visit
Sep 02 2014
Its a very nice place to visit in delhi. Humanyu's tomb is inspired by taj mahal of agra. This is a very beautiful historical place.