The splendid mausoleum was built in the memory of Emperor Humayun, the second Mughal ruler to ascend the throne.
This tomb in Delhi is one of the great Mughal architectures and its unique beauty is said to have inspired several major architectural innovations.
About Humayun’s Tomb:
Located in the eastern part of Delhi, Humayun’s tomb is a fine specimen of great Mughal architecture. This magnificent mausoleum was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent.
In the 16th century, after the death of Mughal Emperor Humayun, the tomb was commissioned by his first wife, Hamida Banu Begam, and was designed by the Persian architect Mirak mirza Gayis.
It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.
The tomb is an example of Charbagh a four-quadrant garden divided by four parts of flowing water as represented in the Quran. The mausoleum stands on a high, wide, and massive terraced platform about 8m high.
It is an irregular octagonal with chamfered edges and four long sides. The tomb is a double dome of about 42.5 m clad with white marble while the rest of the building is made up of red sandstone with white and black marble and yellow sandstone detailing.
The entire garden and tomb are enclosed within high rubble walls. The garden has two entrances, the west gate, and the south gate. At the eastern wall lies a baradari, a building or room with twelve doors, and on the northern wall lies a hammam, a bath chamber.
The last Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar II took refuge here but was captured by Captain Hudson before being exiled to Rangoon.
How to reach Humayun’s Tomb?
Address: Mathura Road, Opp. Nizamuddin mosque, Nizamuddin East, New Delhi, India.
JLN Stadium on the purple line is the closest metro station to the tomb, about 2kms away, you can either take a taxi or an auto-rickshaw from there. The next nearest is the Jorbagh metro station on the yellow line which is about 5kms away from the tomb, you can either take a taxi or an auto-rickshaw.
Nearest Bus Stand to Humayun’s Tomb:
Bus number 447(Bhalswa JJ Colony – Nehru Place Terminal) and bus number 966B (Nizammudin railway station – Sultanpuri Terminal), both these buses stop at Delhi Public School which is 5 minutes walking distance from the tomb.
Bus number 19 ( E Block Jahangirpuri – Nizamuddin Railway Station), ML-77 ( New Delhi Metro Station – Chittaranjan Park), bus number 166 (BH Block Shalimar Bagh – Nizamuddin Railway Station) and bus number 181 (Nizamuddin Railway Station – Jahangirpuri E Block), all these buses stop at Nizamuddin Police Station which is about 900m from the tomb.
Nearest Railway station to Humayun’s Tomb:
Nizamuddin Railway Station is about 2.2 km away from Humayun’s tomb. Depending on the city you are coming from across India, you will numerous trains arriving at Hazrat Nizamuddin.
Nearest Airport to Humayun’s Tomb:
The Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi serves both domestic and international operations and is about 25 km from the tomb.
Humayun’s Tomb Visiting Hours:
The visiting hours are between sunrise to sunset.
Best Time To Visit Humayun’s Tomb:
November to March is the best time to visit the tomb.
Humayun’s Tomb Ticket Information:
Indian/SAARC/BIMSTEC – for visitors from India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand:
Adult (for visitors of age 16 years and above) – Rs. 35
Foreign – for visitors other than the countries above:
Adult (for visitors of age 16 years and above) – Rs. 550
Child (for visitors of age 0-15 years) – Free
Things to do at Humayun’s Tomb:
The large complex has several other garden tombs that include the tomb of Isa Khan (an Afghan noble in Sher Shah Suri’s court), Afsarwala tomb, Nila Gumbad or ‘Blue Dome’ because it carries striking blue glazed tiles and many more.
Relax, unwind, and capture some really good photographs in the vicinity of the serene ambience.
Indulge in diverse restaurants in the neighbourhood, ranging from traditional roadside outlets to contemporary fine dining.
Shop at nearby shops and local markets.
Places to visit near Humayun’s Tomb:
The national zoological park of Delhi
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
Shrine of Sufi saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya
National Science Center
Agrasen Ki Baoli
Unknown Facts About Humayun’s Tomb:
The tomb was completed in approximately eight years.
The tomb was the inspiration behind the concept of the Taj Mahal.
The body of Emperor Humayun was buried at two different places before being placed at this tomb.
It is also called Dormitory of Mughals with more than 100 graves within the entire complex.
It is a most impressive structure located at the banks of river Yamuna.
It was the first monument to use a double dome.
The completion of the construction was overseen by Humayun’s son, the great emperor Akbar.
Inside the complex, there are said to be about 124 chambers.
Humayun’s tomb is constructed in such a way that it gradually ascends and assumes height.
The tomb is a reflection of the architectural excellence of the Mughals, characterized by double domes and high arches.