Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi is famous for being a complex of buildings that are built in Mughal architectural style. The tomb belongs to the Mughal emperor Humayun. Situated in the Nizamuddin East area, Humayun’s Tomb has every reason for being denoted as a favorite tourist spot of New Delhi. To add to its already existing glory, Humayun Tomb has also been declared as a World Heritage Site.
The tomb stands as one of the finest examples of Mughal architecture in India. It can also be easily noticed that the tomb bears a close resemblance to that of Taj Mahal in Agra.
Hamida Banu Begum, the widow of Humayun ordered the tomb to be built in the year 1562 as a remembrance of her beloved husband Humayun. The main architects behind the designing of Humayun’s Tomb were two Persian architects Sayyed Muhammad Mirak Ghiyathuddin along with his father Mirak Ghiyathuddin. This monument of historical importance reportedly took around eight years to get completed. The design of this monument also includes the layout that is inspired by the Persian-style architecture.
In the year 2003 restoration work was carried out on the tomb by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. This restoration enabled the flow of water into the watercourse through the gardens.
Humayun died in 1556. The tomb’s construction stared after fourteen years of Humayun’s death. It is very interesting to know that the whole plan of constructing a tomb was carried out by Humayun himself when he was still alive. It was Humayun who got inspired by the Persian style architecture and wanted the same for his own tomb. The whole cost of constructing this marvelous Tomb is estimated to be somewhat near $1.5 million.
The main tomb stands in the middle of the square garden. This divides the whole area into four main sections known as Charbagh. Situated in the center of this section is a shallow water channel that adds a different charisma. There are two double storey gateways towards the west and south direction that help in entering the high structure. A pavilion called Baradari in the center of eastern wall and a bath chamber called Hammam in the center of the north wall completes the lobby of the tomb.
Towards the south-west side of Humayun’s Tomb, one can see the tomb Nai-ka-Gumbad. Humayun Tomb remains open from sunrise to sunset. The entrance fee is as follows:
For Indian Citizens, SAARC (Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Maldives and Afghanistan) Visitors, & BIMSTEC Countries (Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Myanmar) – Rs.10/ per head
For others: US $ 5 (Indian Rs. 250/- per head)
Children up to 15 years can visit Humayun’s Tomb for free.