Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi

The tomb complex has various mind-blowing features like gardens, pathways, fountains, mosques, and the main central tomb where the burial of Humayun lies. It is the place that has burials of many Mughal rulers and Family members. A unique combination of white marble and red sandstone is seen in this tomb.

Let us have some more info about the place-

History of the Tomb-

  • The tomb was built by the orders of Humayun’s first wife, Bega Begum (also known as Haji Begum).
  • Construction of the tomb began in 1565 and was completed in 1572, by the sole dedication of his wife to a single purpose of making the most magnificent mausoleum in the Empire till then.
  • During the reign of Britishers in India, the tomb was facing a declination in its management of gardens and features. The gardens were turned to vegetable farms by the people residing inside the walls of the tomb.
  • Then, English garden style was implemented in 1860 by making flower beds, in place of planted trees.

The architecture of the Tomb-

  • The tomb has a height of 47 meters and the square base is 91 meters wide, and was the first Indian building to use the Persian double dome on a high neck drum, and measures 42.5 meters, and is topped by 6 meters high brass finial ending in a crescent.
  • The central chamber has a Jaali design known as Mihrab, that allows the sunlight to come from the direction of Mecca (Qiblah) in the west, which is believed to raise the status of the king above his rivals.
  • The outer dome is made up of pure white marble and the rest tomb is made up of red sandstone along with detailing of white and black marble and yellow sandstone.
  • But the real burial chamber lies underground just below the above chamber, where the entry is closed for visiting public.

Char Bagh- This garden is termed as “Garden of Paradise” along with water features as Four Rivers flowing in Jannat.

How to reach the Tomb-

ADDRESS- Bharat Scouts and Guides Marg, Nizamuddin East

Phone number: 011 2435 5275

  • The tomb is nearest to Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station, about 2.2 km and can be covered in 10 minutes only.
  • From Indira Gandhi International Airport, the distance of the tomb is around 17 km and can be covered within 40 minutes on a normal day.
  • From New Delhi Railway station, the tomb is around 6.5 km and can be reached within 20 minutes.
  • The nearby metro stations are Sarai Kale Khan, Jor Bagh and JLN Metro Stations. It is good to travel by Metro to avoid heat and pollution of the city outside reach the destination with full comfort at very less cost.

Timings of the Tomb-

  • The tomb is open for the visit of the public on all days of a week.
  • The timings of the tomb are from 8 am to 6 pm usually, although it is not specified officially anywhere.

Fees of Tickets-

  • For Indian visitors, the entry ticket fee is INR 35.
  • For BIMSTEC and SAARC nation visitors the entry ticket fee is the same as Indian visitors i.e. INR 35.
  • For tourists of other countries, the entry fee is INR 550.
  • There is no entry fee for visitors of age less than 15 years.

Travel Tip-

The place is best to visit with family and friends and click some awesome photographs. It takes around 2 hours to completely visit the monument. The place should be visited in the morning or evening times when the sun is at its lower energy level. It should be visited in winter months to avoid the heat in the summers.

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