Humanyun’s Tomb: A Magnificent Structure of Red Sandstone

After the visit to the beautiful India Gate, the next place that I decided to visit in Delhi was Humayu’s tomb. Humayun’s tomb is one of the important landmarks of the city and a place with much historical significance. It is the first garden tomb in the country. The architecture of the place was designed by a Persian and is a fine example of the Mughal style architecture. The tomb is located along the banks of River Yamuna. Humanyu’s tomb is also a heritage site declared by UNESCO.


The structure it is said took almost 9 years to complete and with a hefty expenditure at that time. The mausoleum is 150 feet high and has a central dome. The exterior of the tomb has a marble ornamentation and the tomb is made of red sandstone. The structure is also a fine example of the Persian influence of Indian architecture. Emperor Humayun was the first person to be buried inside it but later more than 100 people from Royal dynasty were buried in it.

Humanyun’s Tomb
Humanyun’s Tomb | Image Resource: wikimedia.org

The gardens surrounding the mausoleum are lush green giving a perfect place to spend an evening away from the noise and stress of a city life. There are many vast open spaces and cool shades which are used by the people to have some time out. The best moment to visit the tomb is in the afternoon because the structure looks majestic when sun shines on the red sandstones of the building. This phenomenon was captured by me in my camera. The place gave me very lovely photographs.


Some people also use the place for an evening stroll while others bring their kids for play. It is also a great place for picnic with family and an outing with friends. The place attracts thousands of visitors across the country and world every day. The maintenance of the place isn’t up to the mark and I hope much care is taken by the proper authority to restore the glory and pride of this heritage monument. 


The next place that I decided to visit after this trip was the magnificent Qutub Minar.

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Hey, I am Adway Chavan, an IT professional who spends all of his working hours staring at a computer screen...well, almost all. IT is my passion whilst nature, wildlife and adventure are the buzzwords I live by. I am also an amateur photographer and have travelled extensively in India and abroad. I never ever turn down a travel idea and spend all my holidays visiting national parks and forest reserves, biking up mountains and taking road trips. I have also indulged in bungee jumping, paragliding and sailing. One day I hope to take up the greatest challenge of all and go trekking in the Himalayas! Till then, watch this space!

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