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Co-founders of ILT, Aarti Sharma and Pallav Goel share their experience of visting the historical monument Humayun’s tomb. Living in NCR, this was only a day’s trip but a different and intriguing one. If you like this story see more on our Instagram. Hope you enjoy this real travel story!
Their experience in their words:
Living in NCR (National Capital Region), we do not tend to explore the touristy places around mainly because we are so occupied with our everyday schedules. But as we start this journey of travel in India and around the world, it just struck to us that it’s actually essential to put a check sign on the neighboring city that we have visited several times, Delhi! What better place to start off the journey than Humayun’s Tomb which has also been included in the UNESCO World heritage site list. Below you are going to read our experience about the evening spent there and some photographs we took at Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi.
Location & Entry Details:
Located in the eastern part of New Delhi (Capital of India) is a striking mausoleum constructed with white marbles and red coloured sandstones which speaks highly of India’s rich history that has been preserved and maintained. First things first, how do we reach there? Since we live in NCR, taking our car and driving to Humayun’s Tomb was the most viable option for us.
For tourists, once you reach Delhi you could easily make use of Delhi’s well laid public transport including trains, autos, buses etc. depending on where your actual location is. If, your choice of transportation is the Delhi metro, Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium is the station that you’re looking for. The premises of Humayun’s tomb are open for visitors on all days from sunrise to sunset which makes choosing a day/time for visit non-problematic. The entry fees for residents of India is very nominal (₹30) whereas others visiting from outside of India pay a relatively higher amount (₹500). Also, you can find it on google maps.
History and Architecture:
Looking at the history of Humayun’s Tomb even though he died in the year 1556, Hamida Banu Begam (also known by the name Haji Begam) who was his widow took charge of the commencement of constructing his tomb a few years after his death. From two entrances with towering gateways from the southern and western sides as you enter the premises, you can expect to witness stunning Indian craftsmanship and a construction that is highly evident of Persian style architectural influences with the layout of corridor, double domes(which is approximately 42 mts high) etc. The tomb itself stands on an elevated platform (approximately 7mts high) and has an octagonal plan for both stories.
The view of the garden from the second story has to be the one that appealed so much because we reached during the time of sunset and the blue sky was spectacularly contrasting against the red sand stones. The construction of Humayun’s tomb was finished in a garden that was separated into four chief fragments by either water or sidewalks, also known as the Chaharbagh garden which was considered to be Persian style. It also was an unknown fact to us, but do you know that along with Humayun, numerous other rulers of the Mughal dynasty have their graves inside the enclosed premises.
It’s time to view Humayun’s tomb that is a spectacular piece of art which is a standalone stunning piece and a major tourist attraction of Delhi tourism. Humayun’s Tomb also was the commencement of Mughal architecture in India and an inspiration behind the world famous ‘Taj Mahal’.