Humayun’s Tomb

Humayun’s Tomb
Vital Information for Visitors
Address:

Humayun’s Tomb, Opposite Dargah Nizamuddin, Mathura Road, New Delhi - 110013

Open & Close:

Open on all days: From 07:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Entry Fees:

Foreigner – INR 500 per person
Indian – INR 30 per person

Duration:

Approx 2 Hours

Erected in 1565 by Bega Begum, also known as Hazi Begum, the widow of Humayun, this monument is the forerunner of the Taj Mahal. Architecturally, it is the first mature example of the ‘tomb-in-a-garden' complex which synthesized Persian architecture and Indian traditions---the former reflected by arched alcoves, corridors and high double dome and the latter by kiosks, giving it a vague pyramidal outline from a distance. The mausoleum contains, apart from Humayun's body, the body of his queen (its builder), and among several princes, Dara Shikoh, Shah Jahan's eldest son.

Humayun's Tomb is remarkable due to twin reasons- first, it is the first mature specimen of Mughal architecture and second, as per the experts, Humayun's Tomb inspired Taj Mahal to be built as culmination of Mughal architecture. The credit for Humayun's Tomb, this glorious piece of architecture, goes to Humayun's senior widow Haji Begum. It was built nine years after his death in 1565 AD (or fourteen years after his death according to the manuscript of an 1hth century text). Humayun, the second Mughal emperor, ruled from 1530AD - 1556AD. He was the son of the founder of the exalted Mughal line, Babur, a descendant of Genghis Khan. The tomb, in a typical Mughal garden divided by causeways, channels and pathways, is an example of the style of the wonderfully peaceful garden-tomb which culminated in the Taj Mahal at Agra.

It's the first substantial example of Mughal architecture, with high arches and a double dome. The lofty mausoleum is located in the centre of the enclosure and rises from a podium of cells with arched openings; the central octagonal chamber contains the cenotaph, its opening closed off by perforated screens.

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