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Humayun’s Tomb – Delhi, India

Most people are familiar with the Taj Mahal being a mausoleum built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

Not so well known, but very beautiful in its own right is Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi ,which was built around 100 years earlier and was the start of garden-tombs in India.

Humayun was the second Mughal Emperor of India. The tomb was commissioned some years after his death by his first wife Bega Begum (aka Haji Begum) in 1569-70. It was designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyas, a Persian architect. In later years other rulers and members of the family were also buried here.

For more information regarding the history of Humayun’s Tomb, you may like to read the Wikipedia entry.

Its incredibly well preserved and the gardens are lovely. We enjoyed watching the peacocks and parrots. On the day we went, there were very few other visitors here. We went by taxi as part of a private half day tour.

Its open from sunrise to sunset and entry is 10 rupees for Indian nationals and $US5 or 250 rupees for visitors.

The photos are a little hazy as it was a hot, misty day when we visited.


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About The Sock Mistress

Slight fixation with socks. At last count, I had enough pairs of socks to last 14 weeks without having repeat a pair. IT geek by profession. Disney nut. 3rd world loan shark (http://Kiva.org ). Finds humour in the inappropriate. Holiday planner extraordinaire. Mum to doglets. Crazy Dachshund lady.


10 thoughts on “Humayun’s Tomb – Delhi, India

  1. Humayun’s tomb is one of my favourite pieces of Mughal architecture in Delhi. Not far from it is the Nizamuddin area, strewn with architectural gems from that period. Have you been there?

    Posted by paper boat sailor | November 2, 2014, 6:45 pm
  2. Thanks for writing about this oft-ignored monument 🙂

    Posted by asthaguptaa | November 2, 2014, 7:52 pm
  3. I had that on my reading list for tonight 🙂

    Posted by The Sock Mistress | November 2, 2014, 8:19 pm
  4. Wow. What does the western world have that can compare? Not a lot?

    Posted by suchled | November 3, 2014, 12:30 am
  5. You nailed it ,thanks for writing about this monument 🙂

    Posted by Wanderlust with Ishan | November 3, 2014, 7:31 am

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