Humanyun’s Tomb: The gem in the heart of Delhi

Humanyun’s Tomb is one of the oldest and most famous monuments in Delhi. Not only its history is exciting but also the Mughal art and architecture which has graced this place since years!

Humanyun’s Tomb is the tomb of Mughal Emperor Humanyun built in 1569-70.

 

King Humanyun’s first wife Bega Begum got this tomb built in his memory.

 

 

 

 

Persian architect Mirak Mirza Ghiyas was chosen by Bega Begum to build the tomb.

 

In every direction, window-like cut outs are made with ‘Jali’ work. The one pointing towards the West direction means respect to Mecca, an Islamic Pilgrimage

 

Every Persian structure has 4 major square – gardens around the building symbolizing ‘Charbagh’ meaning Four Gardens of Paradise. Through these gardens, water flows suggesting the Quranic verse, talking of rivers flowing beneath the ‘Garden of Paradise’. That is why, the water goes underground at the Tomb and reappears at its rear.

 

Way to the Humanyun’s Tomb.

 

The back-view of the tomb suggesting depth of symmetries which is followed in Mughal architecture. Oh there shines a rainbow above!

 

The Panoramic front view of Humanyun’s Tomb.

 

The premises not only contains Humanyun’s grave but right next to the entrance, there is a smaller and older tomb of Isa Khan Niyazi. He was an Afghani noble who served Sher Shah Suri of Suri’s dynasty which fought against Mughals.

 

This tomb take you to another world. Situated in its own little premises, the tomb is maintained in its most raw form possible.

 

Entrance to Isa Khan Niyazi’s Tomb.

 

It might be 20 years older than the Humanyun’s Tomb, but who says its not beautiful? Truth to be told, I like it more!

 

Oh, and don’t miss out this little shop on cartwheels selling diaries and other cool stuff.