India: Humayun’s Tomb

Humayun’s Tomb is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun.  It was commissioned by Humayun’s wife, Hamida, in 1562 AD, and designed by a Persian architect.  It was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent and is located in Old Delhi on the banks of the Yamuna River.  It was also the first structure to use red sandstone at such a scale.  The tomb has undergone extensive restoration work, which is still underway.  Besides the main tomb enclosure of Humayun, several smaller monuments dot the pathway leading up to it, from the main entrance in the West, including one that even pre-dates the main tomb itself, by twenty years.

The complex encompasses the main tomb of the Emperor Humayun, and also houses the graves of his wife, Hamida Begum, and also Dara Shikoh, son of the later Emperor Shah Jahan, as well as numerous other subsequent Mughals.  It represented a leap in Mughal architecture, and with its accomplished Persian garden, it set a precedent for the Taj Mahal in Agra. (Thanks to Wikipedia)


Ceiling being renovated.

Tombs of Humayun and his wife, Hamida.

12 Responses to “India: Humayun’s Tomb”

  1. Christine Says:

    wow what a structure!

  2. DrumMajor Says:

    Amazing building! I presume the sandstone was nearby? Seems you like architectural tours! How is the food? DrumMajor

  3. SchmidleysScribbling Says:

    Very impressive. I love to read about the Mughul Empire which originated in Persia and included what is today India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran.

    No wonder the ruler hired Persian architects. Beautiful buildings. Dianne

  4. L....w Says:

    It’s always befuddled me why Indians are considered Asians when the influence is definitely Middle Eastern.

    I sometimes think I lived in the Middle East in one of my previous lives….Persian designs intrigue me. Dianne’s notes are fantastic to read.

  5. L....w Says:

    ….I sometimes think that’s why I like to crochet alot lol

  6. Musings Says:

    This is so beautiful. I can see the similarities to the Taj. You are learning so much fascinating history, Gigi.

  7. Henry Hank Chapin Says:

    When looking at Humayun’s Tomb, you can see the architecture changing so that the Taj Mahal becomes possible.

  8. DJan Says:

    I see the similarities to the Taj also. It’s very beautiful, Gigi. You are having a great time, it seems!

  9. Denise Says:

    Humayun’s Tomb is an impressive building. Another enjoyable post from India. Thanks Gigi!

  10. Nancy Wu Says:

    It’s beautiful!! Makes me want to visit India now…;). Thank You Glenda for relating my message. Derrick and I enjoys your blog very much!!

  11. Arti Says:

    Humayun became emperor when he was just 15 I think. A very good man.
    A lovely post this!! The photos are wonderful. Good to see you and David enjoying your time here in India 🙂

  12. Linda Reeder Says:

    I can tell that you are enjoying learning as you travel. i think that is one of the greatest things about traveling and visiting other countries and cultures.

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