Humayun’s Tomb – Located near Lodhi Road, this magnificent tomb was our next destination. Humayun’s Tomb (HumayunKaMaqbara) is often regarded as the first substantial example of Mughal architecture in India. Commissioned by Hamida Banu Begum, the chief architect of this royal Mausoleum was a Persian architect named Mirak Mirza Ghiyath. It was fourteen years after his death that the construction of this tomb commenced in the year 1565 AD and then, it was finished in the year 1572 AD.
The tomb houses mortal remains of Humayun, the second Mughal Emperor of India. Standing in the centre of a square garden, the tomb looks magnificent by all means. A UNESCO world heritage site, it attracts tourists from across the country. When we explored more about it, we learned that this historical monument was actually the first garden-tomb to be constructed in the Indian subcontinent. And also, it is the first monument to use red sandstone on a large scale.
The complex encompasses the main tomb of the Emperor Humayun, which houses the graves of Bega Begum herself, Hamida Begum, and also Dara Shikoh, great-great-grandson of Humayun and son of the later Emperor Shah Jahan, as well as numerous other subsequent Mughals, including Emperor Jahandar Shah, Farrukhsiyar, Rafi Ul-Darjat, Rafi Ud-Daulat, Muhammad Kam Bakhsh and Alamgir II.
Winter afternoons and evenings are the best time to visit this tomb as the soaring temperature during summer makes it difficult to explore the entire complex. During winters, you can also relax in the garden around the tomb. You can easily reach it from Jawaharlal Nehru Metro Station which lies on the violet line of DMRC. It is open from sunrise to sunset on all days. There is an entry fee of Rs 30 per person at the entrance for all Indian as well as visitors from SAARC and BIMSTEC countries, for other foreign nationals, the entry fee is Rs 500 per person.
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