Humayun's Tomb   The Most Beautiful Tomb in Delhi

Humayun's Tomb

Humayunís Tomb is one of the most beautiful monuments in Delhi but you donít see it as often as you see India gate or Qutub Minar. It is located right in the heart of the city but the spacious compound surrounding the monument hid it away from the glare of public eyes. Sandwiched between Yamuna River and Nizamuddin Dargah, Humayunís Tomb was the first garden tomb on the Indian Subcontinent. It is the Tomb of Mughal Emperor Humayun and it was commissioned by his wife Hamida Banu Begum in 1562 AD.

Located near the crossing of Mathura road and Lodhi road, this magnificent garden tomb is the first substantial example of Mughal architecture in India.

It was built in 1565 A.D. nine years after the death of Humayun, by his senior widow Bega Begam. Inside the walled enclosure the most notable features are the garden squares (chaharbagh) with pathways water channels, centrally located well proportional mausoleum topped by double dome.
There are several graves of Mughal rulers located inside the walled enclosure and from here in 1857 A.D; Lieutenant Hudson had captured the last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah II.

Humayun's Tomb Facts

  1. The body of the emperor was buried in two different locations before being transported to Humayunís tomb.
  2. Although the internal decorations of the tomb have not survived up to today, in 1611 an English merchant, William Finch visited the mausoleum. Thanks to his description of the tombís interior we know that it was decorated with rich carpets, and a shamiana, a small tent above the cenotaph. The cenotaph was decorated with copies of Qoran, Humayunís sword, turban and shoes.
  3. Humayunís tombís architecture was the model for Taj Mahal.
  4. The architecture of the mausoleum is a mixture of Persian and Indian traditions.
  5. There are around 150 graves in Humayunís tomb and the surrounding garden.
  6. To the south-east of Humayun's Tomb there is a fine square tomb, known as the Barber's Tomb. This tomb is dated to 1590-91 and, most probably, belonged to the barber of one of the representatives of Mughal dynasty.


Opp. Dargah Nizamuddin, Mathura Road
Metro Station:
JLN Stadium
Sunrise to sunset
Entry Fee:
10 (Indians), 250 (foreigners)
Photography Charges:
Nil (`25 for video filming)