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Humayun Tomb, Delhi
Witness ornamental cosmic symbol in Humayun’s Tomb In New Delhi
Find pleasure in Humayun’s Tomb In New Delhi, the first garden tomb in the subcontinent based on Islamic paradise. A leap in Mughal architecture, and together with its accomplished Charbagh garden, typical of Persian gardens, but never seen before in India.
The tomb of Humayun—the second Mughal Emperor who ruled from 1508 to 1556– was nominated by UNESCO in 1993 to its list of world cultural heritages. This tomb was the first Mughal tomb and set the “look” for future Mughal tombs which combined the mausoleum and garden into one complex. This tomb was the first garden tomb of India, and also served as an example for the Taj Mahal in Agra. Humayun’s widow Hamida Begum led the erection of the tomb in 1562, after the death of her husband, Mughal Emperor Jehangir, and it was completed after 9 years of construction with the help of Persian master builders.
The very well-maintained mausoleum made out of red sandstone with its radiating white onion cupola belongs to the city’s grandest historic buildings. The facades are skillfully decorated with marble inlay work, and the large gardens in the complex have numerous water fountains. The large complex was used later for the burial of Mughals.