Located in the Southern portion of New Delhi, Humayun’s Tomb is an easily accessible and impressive UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tomb was added to UNESCO’s roster in 1993 because of its incredible beauty as well as historical significance.
Often overlooked by busy tourists passing through New Delhi, Humayun’s Tomb is easily accessible. Located about 8 kilometers south of the India Gate, the easiest way to get to Humayun’s Tomb is to take the metro to the Jangpura station and then take a tuktuk or taxi the final 3 kilometers to the actual tomb.
There are two key points that make Humayun’s Tomb such an important site in India. Dating back to 1570 it’s the first garden tomb that was ever built in India by the Mughal Empire. Featuring an outer perimeter wall, the tomb itself is surrounded by gardens with distinct pathways and four channels of water flowing through the area leading to several pools.
Many first time visitors to the tomb will experience a sense of familiarity when visiting the site. Which takes us to the second key reason the tomb is so important. Featuring a double dome that is clad in marble, Humayun’s Tomb is the first building to use the same building style that was later used to build one of India’s most treasured landmarks, The TajMahal.
When first arriving at the site, it looked rather diminutive and I wasn’t sure if the visit would be worth the 250 rupee fee for foreigners. However, the second I walked through the main gate and laid eyes on the primary tomb, all that changed. The gardens are quite large and are well tended. In addition to the main building there are several other minor tombs and other outlying structures that were added to the site. Additionally, since foreign tourists don’t heavily frequent the site, it was a great opportunity to observe lots of locals simply enjoying their day.
One of the great treats of visiting the site is the fact that you are allowed to roam freely throughout the interior of the tomb, and take in all the architectural details the site has to offer. Some portions of the site are completely renovated, like the interior of the dome, and are truly quite stunning. Although the majority of the site is in its original state and is a true testament to the quality of the construction.
Like most mausoleums of its time, the primary tomb features stone coffins that are intricately carved. These are merely decorative however, with the actual remains buried deep below the ground.
Overall the tomb was a fantastic place to visit, and a great precursor to visiting the TajMahal in Agra. It gives you a great look into the key points of Mughal architecture that are repeated in other landmarks throughout the country.
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