Humayun’s Tomb: 360 Degrees

Jitaditya Narzary

Is a traveller disillusioned by the familiar and fascinated with the unknown... and of course the founder of this blog.

Everybody knows about the Himayun’s Tomb which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I have nothing new to add to it and so not saying much apart from reiterating the fact that it is probably the earliest complete example of Mughal architecture, gardening and craftsmanship at its peak. It is as grand as Tajmahal but predates it by almost a century while displaying most of its characteristic elements. So, I am just sharing the images from all angles, covering not only the tomb but several other monuments within the complex.

Tomb and mosque of Isa Khan

This even predates Humayun’s tomb. Isa Khan was a nobleman who served Sher Shah, Humayun’s Nemesis.

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Bu Halima’s Tomb and Garden

Strangely enough, nobody seems to be sure who this lady was. But she has a small tomb and a pretty lavish gateway named after her.

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Araba Sarai

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Afsarwala Tomb and Mosque

Tomb of some “afsars” (officers) of that era.

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Nai ka Gumbad

It is known as the Barber’s Tomb. Not sure whose barber it was. Nevertheless at least one of the serfs got a good deal it seems.

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Now, here comes the actual Humayun’s Tomb. It was a good day to begin with and it had gotten better by the time I reached here. Intermittent rains had washed away the dirt accumulated over the winter and the clouds added character to the background. The golden hour also added an extra layer of colour to the images.Do note that I went alone and I do not know the human beings appearing on various frames.

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Nila Gumbad

Finally, this one is located outside the complex, very near to the railway tracks. For some reasons it is closed from all sides and I could not go near the monument.

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PS: I tried to enter the nearby Sunder Nursery which also has a few monuments. I had seen them before but this time I was flatly denied entry. This bureaucratic stupidity needs to stop.

PPS: Do check out my list of 10 Things Nobody Told You to Do in Delhi.

Jitaditya Narzary

Is a traveller disillusioned by the familiar and fascinated with the unknown... and of course the founder of this blog.

17 thoughts on “Humayun’s Tomb: 360 Degrees

  • 2016/03/18 at 12:59 am
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    Nice post….Wonderful pics. I love heritage places

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  • 2017/05/31 at 12:23 pm
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    I had not heard of this place before now. I really want to visit. You captured and explained it beautifully

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  • 2017/05/31 at 1:48 pm
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    These photos are mesmerising! These tombs and the general buildings are stunning. I always get lost in thinking about how these were built.

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  • 2017/05/31 at 11:49 pm
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    I love the mughal architecture…so royal. The sandstone and marble look so stunning. The blue tiles and color reminds me of our ancient links to Persia!

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  • 2017/06/01 at 10:53 am
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    I visited in 1998 but don’t remember anything about the history behind the place. Good to know more about the tomb and the officers office. Mughal architecture are always quite fascinating

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  • 2017/06/01 at 2:23 pm
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    I have to Delhi several times but have not seen Humayun’s Tomb from inside. Those frescos on the ceiling are wonderful true persian kind of painting style. The color rustic red of whole tomb is eye catching and also you have captured well thru your lens.

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  • 2017/06/02 at 4:54 am
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    The architectural structure and design of Huyamun’s Tomb reminds me a lot of the buildings and tombs in Jaipur. I’m not clued up on much Indian history , but I assume it all has something to do with the Mughal Empire, right? Although I’ve never been to Delhi, I’d love to visit one day and especially now I know of this place.

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  • 2017/06/02 at 2:29 pm
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    I love visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites around the world, and I’d love to see the Himayun’s Tomb. Your photos are amazing. The architecture is beautiful. I’d love to see it for myself 🙂

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  • 2017/06/02 at 5:14 pm
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    Amazing pics! Love architecture photography and you have done a commendable job. the girls entering the mosque is my favourite.

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