Humayun’s Tomb

The tomb was built on the orders of Humayun’s wife and the chief consort, Bega Begum. It was the first garden-tomb in India and is located in Nizamuddin East, Delhi. Besides the main tomb, there are lots of smaller structures that are present on the pathway which leads our way to the main tomb. The tomb was also declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. Since then, it has gone a lot of restoration work.It is the first monument to use red sandstone at such a scale. It was designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyas and his son. It is placed at the centre of Char Bagh, a 30 acre garden with quadrilateral layout. It also contains a lot of other smaller monuments. Some of them are:

  • Tomb of mosque and Isa Khan: An octagonal tomb present at the pathway to the main tomb.
  • Afsarwala Tomb and Garden: It is present on the southwest end of the complex. It’s actual date of construction is still not known. One of the marble inside the tomb is dated 1566.
  • Nila Gumbad: It stands just outside the boundary of the complex previously known as Nila Burj. It was named this because of its blue glazed tiles. Built by Abdul Rahim Khan-i-Khana.

One can reach Red Fort by metro or by bus although it is more convenient by Metro only. Nearest metro station is Kailash Colony.

Address: 
Mathura Road Opposite, Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia Dargah, Nizamuddin, New Delhi, Delhi 110013

 

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