Places To See - Humayun's Tomb


His tomb took eight year’s work, and was finished in 1571. It was constructed on the orders of his son, akbar. This red sandstone structure is considered to be the predecessor of the beautiful Taj Mahal. The tom building stands in the middle of a garden. The entry into this complex is free on Fridays.

The structure is one of the best examples of Mughal Architecture in South Asia. Located near Nizamuddin’s shrine, the tomb structure stands on a raised platform. Below the building there are small burial chambers that have seventeen arched breaches. Inside the tomb area there are jalis with marble mihrabs, open spaces and quite plain interiors. The main chamber houses Humayun’s white marble cenotaph. There are travellers’ and historians’ records that the interior dome’s roof above the cenotaph was once gilded and the presence of precious stones.

Humayun's wives, Biga Begum and Hamida Begum (Akbar’s mother) are seen in the northeast corner chamber. Three of Humayun’s daughter’s are also buried here. The cenotaphs of other members of the Mughal family such as Bahadur Shah and his wife, Shah Jahan’s eldest son, Dara Shikoh and other are also found here.
Just like at other tombs, gardens have a unique presence there. The need for running water, too, is seen. Remember fountains at Taj Mahal? Well, the ones here weren’t that decorative, but still impressive. The river used to be much closer to Humayun’s Tomb in those days, irrigating the water canals and pools. There are raised walkways, too.