Saturday, February 19, 2011

Photo Feature : "Humayun's Tomb"

Humayun's Tomb


India is well known for a range of historical buildings and monuments. Humayun’s Tomb is one of the finest examples of Persian style of architecture in India. Mr. Indraneel Sen of Delhi is before us with a photo feature on this great monument. Please have a look.

--Dr. Pankaj Sharma

“Nasiruddin Muhammad Humayun was born at Kabul in March 1508. He ruled India from 1530 to 1556 AD. The tomb of Mughal Emperor Humayun is located at Nizamuddin, Delhi (India). The construction of the tomb is said to be started by Humayun's wife, Hamida Banu Begum in 1562 which was completed in the year 1572. However there are evidences which verify the construction of the tomb under the supervision of the emperors’ stepmother Haji Begum. The great tomb was designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyath, who was a Persian architect. Thus this tomb has an obvious influence of Persian architecture. It is the earliest example in India of “a double dome with slightly swelling outlines standing on a high neck-a form of construction resembling the mausoleum of Timur and Bibi Khanam at Samarqand.” The said tomb is the first garden-tomb in the Indian sub continent. The site for the construction was chosen on the bank of Yamuna adjoining the shrine of the Nizamuddin Auliya, a Sufi saint of Chisti Silsilah. This tomb is also the first structure to use red sandstone at such a large scale. Humayun’s tomb was declared a World Heritage Site in 1993. The inscription of this tomb on the world heritage list concerns the protection of the world cultural and natural heritage. Inscription on this list confirms the exceptional universal value of the cultural or natural site, which deserves protection for the benefit of all humanity. Besides the main tomb enclosure of Humayun, several smaller monuments dot the pathway leading up to it, from the main entrance in the West, including one that even pre-dates the main tomb itself, by twenty years. It is the tomb complex of Isha Khan Niyazi, an Afghan noble in Sher Shah Suri’s court in the Suri dynasty who fought against the Mughals. This was constructed in 1547. Humayun’s Tomb possesses the graves of Humayun, his wife Hamida Begum and numerous other Mughals. In today’s time, this tomb is one of the important historical spots of Delhi. To conclude, due to the historical importance and beauty, Humayun’s Tomb is an asset of Indian culture.”

--Indraneel Sen, Delhi


  1. What a marvellous building with a delightful architecture!
    Thanks for sharing my friend

  2. You are right Javier.
    Thanks so much for your comment :-)

  3. History photographically retold. Wonderful and useful!!.

  4. nice pictures sir. aacha laga apki pictures dekh kar aur jan kar k aap log ab bhi purani historical buldings ko logo k same present karte hai nice..
    Shalini Tripathi

  5. Thanks K.G. Maheshwari jee, Javier and Shalini Tripathi jee for your compliments.

  6. Very good feature on Humayun's Tomb.
    Amita Sharma
    (Through Facebook)

  7. very informative, with fine photographs from mr. indraneel...thanks for sharing...
    Rajiv Ranjan Bhatnagar-Lucknow
    (through facebook)

  8. very knowledgeable post with nice pictures...

  9. its great to find such a beautiful art from such tiny lenses. its the miraculous passion of your eyes presented in front of us with different meaning altogether. keep it up. all the best. want more & more pictures......

  10. Thanks for sharing nice work with a historical narration..........

  11. fabulous efforts by your all comrades...