One of the most magnificent tombs built in Delhi during the Mughal rule, the Humayun’s Tomb is an excellent example of Persian architecture. The Humayun’s Tomb was commissioned in 1526, nine years after the death of Humayun, by his widow Hamida Banu Begum.
The Humayun’s Tomb served as an early example for other Mughal tombs which were built over time, such as the Akbar’s tomb in Sikander, the tomb of Ghiyas-ud-Din Tugluq at Tugluqabad, the tomb of Sikander Lodi in the Lodi Gardens and the Taj Mahal.
In the Humayun’s Tomb one can see architectural features which over time went on to become important component of Mughal architecture, such as its octagonal shape and its high central arch.
Apart from Humayun, the tomb is also the final resting place of his wife Hamida Bahu Begum, Shah Jahan’s son Dara Shikoh and other prominent Mughals from the royal family. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Humayun’s tomb is best visited in the late afternoon if you wish to get some beautiful shots of the building.
Humayun's Tomb Interesting Facts: Humayun's Tomb
1. Humayun's body in Humayun's tomb is buried in two separate places.
2. An English merchant, William Finch, came to see the tomb in 1611, he later told about the artworks of the tomb in the interior of the tomb, the Shamiyan, the tomb and the walls. He has written that the interior of the central chamber was full of different rugs and rugs, different than today's emptiness. There was a pure white awning on top of the graves and kept sacred books in front of them. Along with this Humayun's turban, sword and shoes were kept.
3. The tomb design is made according to Persian and Indian traditions.
4. Humayun's tomb has about 150 graves which is surrounded by a garden.
5. Humayun's tomb was made keeping in mind the Taj Mahal.