Humayun’s Tomb is the Tomb of Humayun, Mughal Emperor. This was designed by a Persian architect, Mirak Mirza Ghiyas. It was commissioned by Bega Begum, Humayun’s first wife. It is located in Delhi, India. Red sandstone used in the construction of this structure. This was the first structure to build with Red Sandstone and white marble. In the Indian subcontinent this was the first garden tomb. This tomb is known for its architectural style. Cost of this construction is Rs.15 lakhs in those days.
What to see in Humayun’s Tomb:
Char Bagh Garden: It is based on the Islamic concept of Paradise. Garden is divided into four squares. It is having two water channels. Garden has covered 30 acres.
Tomb of Isa Khan: Isa Khan is Afghan noble in Sher Shah Suri’s court. This was constructed in 1547 CE.
Chillah Nizamuddian Aulia: It is believed to the residence of Saint Nizamuddian.
Nila Gumbad: This was built for the servant of Abdul Rahim Khan-I-Khana who was the courtier in Akbar’s Court. It is having blue gazed tiles. Unique architecture attracts most.
Arab Sarai: Around 1560- 61 CE this was built by Hamida Banu Begum. It is adjacent to the Afsarwala Mosque. This was built for the craftsmen who came for the construction work. This is also known as rest house for the Arabs.
Afsarwala Tomb: This tomb is dates back to 1566 – 67 CE. It belongs to nobleman in Akbar’s court.
Barber’s Tomb: This belongs to Royal Barber which was days back to 1590-91 CE.
What to see around Humayun’s tomb:
Qutub Minar: It is the tallest minar in India. Brahmi inscriptions can be seen on the iron pillars. Marble and red sand stone was used in the construction of this minar. Several ancient structures can be seen around the minar. It is the Qutub complex. It is located 12kms away from the tomb.
India Gate: It was constructed by Edwin Lutyens in the memory of the soldiers who lost their lives in First World War. It is located 4kms away from this tomb.
Jantar Mantar: This was constructed by Sawai Jai Singh II between 1699 to 1743. This look like gallery of modern art on the first seeing but it is just an observatory. It is located 6 kms away from the tomb.
Other attractions near Humayun’s Tomb: Other attractions near Humayun’s Tomb are Lotus temple, Red fort, Kingdom of dreams, Nandan Kanan National park, Museum of Tribal Art and Folk Art etc…
Getting to Humayun’s Tomb: As tomb is located in Delhi, visitors has to reach Delhi. Delhi is well connected with Road ways, Railways and Airways. Both Government and private buses are available to reach this place. Delhi is connected with best railways and airways. There are 3 main bus stands in Delhi. They are Anand Vihar Bus terminus, Sarai Kale Khan Bus Terminus and Interstate Bus Terminus. 3 important railway stations are Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway station, Old Delhi Railway station, New Delhi Railways station.
Getting around Humayun’s Tomb: Visitors have to see the tomb on foot. Vehicles are not allowed into the tomb. Areas surrounding the Humayun’s Tomb can be visited by using taxis, cars and autos’.
Best time to visit Humayun’s Tomb: Best to time to visit the tomb is between October to March.
Where to stay in Humayun’s Tomb: Inside the tomb complex no accommodation is available. In Delhi several hotels are available to stay.
Where to eat in Humayun’s Tomb: Visitors has to carry food and water. Food is not available inside the complex.