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Humayun's Tomb - An Outstanding Example of Mughal Architecture

The Humayun’s Tomb is a tomb of Humayun – the Mughal Emperor, which is located in Delhi, in India.  Built and located in the Nizamuddin East region of the city, the tomb was constructed in the year 1569, fourteen years after Humayun died in 1556. His widow, Hamida Banu Begam, had initiated the construction of the tomb. 

The style of the tomb represents the Mughal style, the basis of which was the Persian architecture. The tomb was in fact built by a Persian architecture by the name of Mirak Mirza Ghiyath, whom the Begam had employed for the design and construction of the tomb.

The tomb is positioned at the middle of a square garden, with walkways dividing the tomb into four parterres. There are narrow channels of water that run through the centre of the tomb. There are two condescending gateways that are double-storeyed through which the tomb can be entered. The gates are located on the west and the south of the tomb and is built of high bricks. 

The edifice of the tomb represents a double-storeyed structure built from square red sandstone. The terrace of the tomb is 7 meters in height. There are arches of the sides of the terraces allowing access to the cells that are raised on the terrace. 

The external side of the tomb is also heavily decorated using marbles. Borders and arches have been designed along with panels, which altogether gives the tomb a unique presentation and look.  

The tomb is a great attraction for the visitors as it reflects a combined presentation of the Persian architecture and Indian traditions. The use of the arches, corridors, and dome which is at a great height, are reflections of the Indian traditions as used to be followed during the time of the Mughals. 
This tomb also has a similarity with the Taj Mahal at Agra considering that both the architectures were designed and constructed after the death of a spouse. Thus a devotion for a wife in one case (the Taj Mahal) and the devotion for a husband (in case of the Humayun’s tomb) are reflected. 

The attraction for the Humayun’s Tomb is more due to the fact that the tomb represents the Mughal style of living and passion effectively. The heritage site is also on the UNESCO list. 
Most importantly, the location of the place is in the periphery of the Delhi city, which makes it easy and convenient for the visitors to reach the place. The tomb remains open from sunrise till sunset. Metro is the most convenient transportation option to reach the tomb.

There is an entrance fee for the visitors. For the Indians and SAARC visitors, the charge is Rs.10 per head. For the others, the charge is Rs.250 per head. There is no charge for children up to 15 years of age. 

Address: Mathura road, Nizamuddin East, Delhi, India
How to visit: J.L.N. Stadium Metro Station on Violet Line 
Visiting hours: 6am-6pm

Ravi Keshri

Ravi Keshri

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