After dinner I kept wondering about the place to visit next. I was really enjoying the tour. It did not feel like coming back. I had one more day and I wanted to make the most of it. So I decided to visit the Humayun’s tomb first thing in the morning.
Humayun’s tomb is the tomb of the great Emperor Humayun. It was constructed by his first wife Bega Begum almost fourteen years after his death. An architect from Persia namely Mirak Mirza Ghiyas chosen by Bega Begum designed it in the year 1569-1570. It is made up of red sandstone and is also included in the UNESCO world heritage list in 1993.
It took hardly a few minutes to reach the Humayun’s Tomb. That’s the advantage of staying in the Taj Mahal Hotel, you do not have to travel long distances. I could see the beautiful magnificent structure built with red sandstone.
The structure boasted of the wealth and brilliance of the Mughal Dynasty, which ruled India for centuries. It is located in a geometrically aligned garden and comprises a meshwork of many water channels, which intends to portray a vision of paradise. Like the tombs of the other Mughal rulers, Humayun’s tomb is placed on a podium or platform.
As I approached the tomb, there was a burial chamber, which had a beautiful dome coloured in blue. It was constructed by special tiles of Persia, a distinctive feature of Mughal architecture. The main tomb building shows notable Persian Influences in its concept, design and pattern. Humayun’s tomb was the first building in India to make use the double dome concept of Persia.
I took photographs of the different detailing and patterns made with yellow sandstone and white and black marble. Even after so many years, the surrounding garden has been properly maintained. The main tomb also houses the graves of Humayun’s first wife Bega Begum, Hamida Begum, the great grandson of Humayun Dara Shikoh, and many other subsequent Mughals.
A visit to Humayun’s Tomb has always been a great experience for tourists and visitors, and so was it for me. After having lunch in a nearby dhaba, I decided to take a tour of the Qutub Minar- the tower of victory.