Humayun’s Tomb - An Awesome Display of Architectural Splendour

What to Visit in New Delhi

During my trip to India I have visited a few historic sites and Humayun's Tomb is one of them. Today I will write a piece about this historic site, which is a must-visit if you are visiting New Delhi.

I will be making a video on this as well and will provide a link here once it’s done. Humayun’s Tomb Tour |  New Delhi, India

Humayun's Tomb - The tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun in Delhi, India is an awesome display of architectural splendour. It was commissioned by Empress Bega Begum, his first wife and chief consort, in 1569-70 and has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1993.

After the Emperor Humayun's death in 1556, his wife Bega Begum was so grieved that she dedicated her life to building the most magnificent mausoleum in the Empire.

Humayun's son, Mughal Emperor Akbar, regularly visited the tomb during its construction.

Akbar’s grandson Shah Jahan was mesmerized by the architecture of Humayun’s tomb and he used many aspects of its design, including the double dome of the Taj Mahal.

This is the first structure to use red sandstone with white marble border linings at such a grand scale. It is a rectangular mausoleum crowned by an onion-shaped doom that looks like similar to the Taj Mahal, but instead of white marble, red sandstone was used.

The tomb is surrounded by a huge garden. This type of traditional garden was popular in the Mughal dynasty and known as char-bagh. The rectangular garden was divided into four squares by a central fountain.