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Pritha Manchanda Jul 24 2015

Lesser known facts about Humayun's Tomb

Ria Dutta Jul 24 2015
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Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor have all visited the gorgeous Humayun Tomb! Still need more reasons to visit it? Well then hop on as we give you 13 lesser known facts about Humayun’s Tomb.

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  1. You won’t believe but the world’s first Garden Tomb was constructed in India and it is our Humayun’s Tomb.

  2. The tomb was designed by well-known Persian architect, Mirak Mirza Ghiyath.

  3. Humayun’s Tomb also serves as a mausoleum. Yes after Humayun passed away, his wife Hamida Banu Begum commissioned the tomb in 1562 CE.

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  4. The body of the emperor was buried in two different locations before being transported to Humayun’s tomb.

  5. If you thought Taj Mahal is the only monument of grief and power, Humayun’s Tomb was constructed much earlier. Actually, it was also the inspiration behind the much celebrated Taj Mahal in Agra which was built a century later.

  6. There are 150 graves within the entire complex, with several of them being on the first level terrace itself. It is also known as "Dormitory of the Mughals".

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  7. Humayun’s Tomb is the first Indian building which is known as a classic specimen of the double-domed elevation with kiosks on a huge scale surrounding it.

  8. The tomb’s concept of eight chambers symbolizes the Islamic concept of paradise.

  9. The building also introduced the distinctive combination of red sandstone and white marble.

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  10. It also sheltered the last Emperor of Mughal dynasty. Before surrendering to the British Rulers, Bahadur Shah was hiding in the Humayun's Tomb.

  11. Humayun’s Tomb was not built in a day and not in a year too, but it took seven years and a whopping 15 lakh rupees to build it.

  12. The grave of Humayun is located right in the central mortuary room of the tomb. Hamida Begum (Akbar's mother), Dara Shikoh (Shah Jahan's son) and Bahadur Shah II (last Mughal Emperor), are also buried therein.

  13. UNESCO declared the tomb a World Heritage Site in the year 1993.

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By Javed Sultan

And the history class is over now! If you liked what you just read, please share it with others and do let us know if you have any more facts about Humayun’s Tomb. Keep us posted. Cheers!
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