Travel & Photography : Humayun’s Tomb, Nizamuddin

There are some places one can never get tired of making repeat visits to. Humayun’s Tomb definitely makes it to my list, and so does the soul-stirring Nizamudin Auliya Dargah in N. Basti, Delhi.

Humayun’s Tomb, built during 1565-72 by the second Mughal Emperor’s wife Hamida Banu Begum  is the first important landmark of royal Mughal architecture. The architect of this red sandstone-marble-quartzite monumental wonder was Mirak Mirza Ghiyath, a Persian noble in emperor’s court.  He is said to have introduced a perfect blend of traditional Indian (chattris, kiosks ) and Persian (arches, domes) architecture styles, laying foundations of Mughal form in India. The magnificent octagonal-shaped tomb stands in centre of a square garden charbagh, with perfectly symmetric trees , greenery and bright red silk cottons dotting the landscape. Exquisite lattice jaali-works are a treat to look at as sunlight makes it way through into the darkness of halls.

Needless to say, with so much history and grandiose images to relive, visitors both foreign and national throng this place all round the year. The sparkling shine of the place is credited to Aga Khan Trust, who in collaboration with Archaeological Survey of India carried out major restoration works over the years using limestone mortar and scientific methodologies.

In addition to the main tomb that houses several Mughal luminaries including learned prince Dara Shikoh, there is a plethora of monuments nearby, each having its own rich legacy. Isa Khan’s Tomb pre-dates Humayun’s Tomb by 20 years, for he was a noble in Humayun’s adversary, Sher Shah Suri’s court (Humayun reclaimed his throne only after Sher Shah died). Then there is an interestingly named Afsarwala tomb (Officer’s Tomb) and mosque belonging to a nobleman  in  emperor Akbar’s court ( who was that noble, we shall never know !). Nai Gumbad, Bu Halima’s Tomb, Nila Gumbad are some of the other monuments within this complex.

Less than half a kilometre away lies the famous Dargah shrine of 13th century Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya. The vendors will get after you on way, but once you are inside the shrine, it is sheer divinity and peace, with incense sticks, fresh rose petals and humble prayers of devotees spreading their charm. Thursday nights are especially enthralling for there are qawwalis ,samas and magical prayers to the Almighty – (Arziyan, Kun Faya Kun recall anyone ? they are just the beginning here ).

Here are some captures from my recent visit. Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚



West end


Noor – e – Khuda , jaali lattice work
Entrance dome decoration
Here, the Emperor rests




Isa Khan Tomb
Afsarwala Tomb
Red Silk Cotton’s flames
Neela Gumbad


Nizamuddin Dargah

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53 thoughts on “Travel & Photography : Humayun’s Tomb, Nizamuddin

    1. Thank you, thank you V๐Ÿ˜Š PS : I am super surprised how you haven’t been here yet ! Do try and visit before summers make it tougher to enjoy ๐Ÿ˜

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      1. I am a hopeless history romantic V, and so end up falling in love with any monument of our past ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ Haven’t given it a thought really. What about you?

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      2. Haha hopeless history romantic!Never heard that before, pretty cool, AR๐Ÿ˜
        But I know what you mean. Personally, I think Hauz Khas fort and Red Fort would be the two monuments I can always visit!

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      3. Hai na? ๐Ÿ˜‚ Thank you! And yes, those two places are effortlessly awesome, and more so since both have adjacent food hubs too๐Ÿ˜Ž Btw , have you been to National Gallery of Modern Art near CP ? It is also really cool but been long since I went.

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      4. Haha! Haan๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™Œ
        Yesss! I was about to write that, Chandni chowk, makes it so much more betterโค and of course HKV!
        Umm, lol this is embarrassing! I have been to a lot of places in Delhi but haven’t been to a lot too๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ญ the art gallery is one of them. Bahar se bahaut baar bye bye bola hai though! How is it?

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      5. Food + history = lethal combination ๐Ÿ˜‚. That’s fine, I barely know any Delhite who actually has visited the gallery๐Ÿ˜‚ Supposed to be very good, having collections of really famous painters like Jamini Roy and Raja Ravi Verma. Would blog on it when I visit it next ๐Ÿ˜Š ( afaik photography not allowed inside though )

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      6. Hahaha! Lethal, I agree๐Ÿ˜‚ Arey but I have been a wanderer, I came to Delhi in 11th class but we decided to stay here, thereafter! So does that make me a Delhite? I don’t know, though my friends insist it does๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
        But then you turned out to be a true Delhite and explorer too, tch tch!
        I love your descriptive way of writing, it’s all adding to my knowledge๐Ÿ™Œ thank you! Yeah yeah do visit! Paintings, niceโค must be a sight to behold.

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      7. In that case even I came to Delhi only in we all are technically Delhites, more honestly pseudo- Delhites ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚Thank you so much, I like exploring the cultural aspects of any place , which goes in my blood I guess๐Ÿ˜Š

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      8. Pseudo๐Ÿ˜ญ Anyway, nice ๐Ÿ˜ Exploring cultural aspects can be very interesting, you get to learn, we’d look different, speak differently even but afterall we’re still the same. I want to explore marriage ceremonies of all our states too. Imagine the amazing food too!๐Ÿ™Œ

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      9. I swear ! I am so done with the Butter Chicken-shahi paneer-dal makhni-gulab Jamun weddings of Delhi and surroundings๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜The only different one have attended is a Bong wedding, and man that is soo much fun and awesome ๐Ÿ˜for exploring ceremonies of other states, make sure you have 29 close friends representing each state ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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      10. Hahaha! But Dal Makhni and Gulab jamun make life so beautiful!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚โคโค Although yeah it would be fun to have variety of other Indian cuisines than just the usual, see that’s why different weddings๐Ÿ˜„
        Haha yea Bong weddings are fun too, a close friend of mine is one, I think we’ll have to go to Kolkata whenever she marries!
        Lol, nah, itne variety ke dost toh nai hai๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿ˜

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      11. Life beautiful ! ๐Ÿ˜‚you do talk like a food aficionado ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿป koi naa, crowdsourcing karlena from your place of work and remaining from social media, hojaenge 29๐Ÿ˜‚

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      12. Hahaha for some dishes, yess!
        Also, kya idea hai, Sir, matlab gazab, I’ll have to keep asking them, aey what state are you from๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ log bolenge dekho dekho, kitni regionalism felati hai yeh๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ (just kidding! The idea isn’t bad though๐Ÿ˜„)

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      13. Lol๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚V , I was alluding to more discreet ways of finding that out ( hometown info, pictures etc )๐Ÿ˜‚explicitly puchna aaj ke date pe kaafi risky hai๐Ÿ˜Ž

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      14. Hahah! Yes, yes, you’re right๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ I couldn’t help crack that joke๐Ÿ˜
        Sahi me, pata nai A baat ko B samjh ke, fir pata nai kaha se C pe ladayi hone lag jati hai!

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    1. Thank you arv : ) You rightly pointed this distinguishing feature. In fact starting from Humayun’s, opulence and art skill increased progressively in Mughal works reaching its zenith with Shahjahan and Taj. But the scale and symmetry of this monument is breath taking , so is the red and white stark contrast.

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  1. Beautiful images and information Arv. Luckily I have been there on my last visit in Dehli. I found this place amazing and very calming, the architecture is brilliant, as most palaces In India. Thank you so much for sharing, I got a bit “homesick” to India, going through your images. I shall return to India soon, yet Myanmar is on my list right now. Namaste

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    1. Namaste๐Ÿ˜That is indeed so beautiful a feeling , you truly fell in love with India ๐Ÿ˜Š Thank you so much, and I look forward to your visit in this country soon . Till then, enjoy Myanmar’s beauty ๐Ÿ™‚ I am already envious you visit so many countries for trips ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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    1. Haha, thanks a ton friend ! That is the reason why I put the pictures all together, really happy you liked the format ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š and indeed very wise of you to have pointed that out๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Thanks friend, I completely agree !today’s matchbox building architecture stand nowhere to the elegant and eternal splendour of these heritage buildings and structures.

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      1. It’s too bad that modern day architects can not, or will not look to these works of art as an influence in their desibming.

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      2. What really gets me is the wont last like the ancient and older ones, and they cost a fortune, and are eyesores for the most part.

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