Architectural Marvels – Humayun’s Tomb

Hi all,

Once again apologies that I am posting after a very long time. I hope you all won’t be disappointed after reading my next post. During my visit to Delhi, I was able to visit several monuments within the city but one monument which really captivated me, from the moment I entered it, was Humayun’s tomb.

Humayun was Mughal emperor who ruled India, Pakistan, and parts of Afghanistan for nearly 12 years. Mughals are a race of Turkish Mongol descent who were able to conquer large parts of today’s India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh. Humayun was a very famous ruler. I know that most of you might have heard about “Akbar the Great”. Humayun was his father. He tragically died,  falling from the stairs of his library with a bundle of books in his hands and by tripping on his own robe.

Yup, a tragic end to a relatively young ruler! He was only 48 years old. Ok, so Humayun’s tomb was built by his first wife Bega Begum. She asked Persian architects to design the mausoleum. Before the Taj Mahal existed, this might have been the most grand Mughal Mausoleum in India. Humayun’s Tomb is also the first garden tomb in India. It actually took 7 freaking years to build this mausoleum and is estimated to cost 1.5 million rupees back then… Imagine how many years the Taj Mahal would have taken and the cost to build it!!!

Here are the pics of my visit to  Humayun’s Tomb:

Humayun's Tomb - 1

This was the gateway to the entrance of the tomb. Something interesting which I saw was the 2 stars on the entrance. These stars looked like stars from the Jewish tradition, which led me to think if Islam was actually influenced by Judaism? Also, there was a school who was actually visiting this tomb in their field trip (As seen in this picture – kids with uniforms).

Humayun's Tomb - 2

Finally, this is the front view view of the Humayun’s tomb. From my first glance, this resembles a lot like the Taj Mahal, except that this building has a lot of red colour embedded in it. The Taj Mahal is completely white on the first glance.

Fun fact: Persians built their architectures in such a way that both sides of the building should look symmetrical. If you draw a line from the center of the building, the left side of the picture should completely resemble the right side of the picture. This not only includes the building but also the garden and the water fountains surrounding the mausoleum.

It was declared as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1993.

Thanks guys for bearing with me.. This is the ending of the article… If you guys need more details like how to get to Humayun’s tomb, where to stay, or other queries, please drop a message or do comment on this article.

Hope I inspired you guys to travel more and explore more amazing places like this one.

Rahul

-Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, keep making wonderful memories

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