Humayun Tomb, Delhi

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  • Afsarwala Tomb and Mosque.
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    More in the Humayun complex.

    by pfsmalo Written May 28, 2014

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    The Afsarwala tomb and mosque are dated from around 1560 to 1567 due to itheir architectural style and one of the marble tombs is dated 1566/67 but is unidentified.
    The Arab-serai gate leads to a further small complex but most of which is dilapidated and this is the only structure left of note. The arch stands some 12 metres in height and originally supported a now-collapsed dome.
    The garden is the first that one passes through upon entry to the site before the main gateway. Excavation work is being carried out and renovations to the walls and tomb of Bu Halima.

    Afsarwala Tomb and Mosque. Afsarwala Tomb and Mosque. Arab Serai gate. Enrtry gate to the Bu Halimi garden.

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    Other buildings in the Humayun complex.

    by pfsmalo Written May 28, 2014

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    The tomb and mosque of Isa Khan, while not rivalling the tomb of Humayun, is in itself a worthwhile side visit while in the complex. Not far from the entrance it precedes the building of Humayun's tomb by some 20 years during the reign of Humayun's victor. The walled area encompasses the tomb and also a mosque in a Sur design and has been largely renovated.

    The Isa Khan Tomb. The tomb from the Mosque. Detail of the artwork. Isa Khan Mosque. Gateway and wall of the enclosure.

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    Humayun's tomb, Delhi.

    by pfsmalo Written May 28, 2014

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    Constructed in a Persian style by Haji Begam, the widow of Humayun 14 years after his death, the tomb lies in the centre of a square garden, the 'Charbagh'. Humayun didn't have much luck in his life, except perhaps having a devoted wife,10 years after being made Emperor he was beaten in an Independance battle and fled to Persia (Iran). In 1555 he amassed a large army and came back to defeat his rival and retook his throne, to finally fall down the stairs and break his neck within 1 year. The building is said to be the model for all Mughal tombs, notably that of the Taj Mahal in Agra. Perfectly symmetrical the tomb is supposed to house some 150 dead rulers and courtiers. Built on a high podium the top of the dome is 38 metres high.
    The site in SE Delhi is quite large incorporating many other tombs and buildings as well as the spacious gardens where you will find kites and parakeets in abundance.

    The site open generally from 06h00 to 18h00 and costs 250 INR for non-Indians.

    Humayun's Tomb.

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    Humayun Tomb:Mosque of Isa Khan

    by vinod-bhojak Written Dec 7, 2013

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    At the edge of the complex, across from the tomb, lies a mosque with noticeable mehrabs. It is known as Isa Khan's Mosque, and was built along with the tomb in 1547-48 AD. Many of the architectural details present in these structures can be seen further evolved in the main Humayun's tomb, though on a much grander scale, such as the tomb being placed in a walled garden enclosure

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    Humayun's Tomb:Isa Khan's Tomb

    by vinod-bhojak Written Dec 7, 2013

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    Isa Khan's tomb was built during his lifetime ca 1547-48 AD, is situated near the Mughal Emperor Humayun's Tomb complex in Delhi which was built later, between 1562-1571 AD. Built within an enclosed octagonal garden, it bears a striking resemblance to other tombs of Sur dynasty monuments in the Lodhi Gardens. This octagonal tomb has distinct ornamentation in the form of canopies, glazed tiles and lattice screens and a deep veranda, around it supported by pillars. It stand south of the Bu Halima garden just as visitors enter the complex. An inscription on a red sandstone slab indicated that the tomb is of Masnad Ali Isa Khan, son of Niyaz Aghwan, the Chief chamberlain, and was built during the reign of Islam Shah Suri, son of Sher Shah, in 1547-48 A.D. On 5 August 2011 the restoration work on this tomb in New Delhi led to the discovery of the India's oldest sunken garden. Isa Khan’s garden tomb in the enclosed area of Humayun’s Tomb World Heritage Site in the Capital of India can now be considered the earliest example of a sunken garden in India – attached to a tomb – a concept later developed at Akbar’s Tomb and at the Taj Mahal

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    Humayun's Tomb: Arab Sarai gate

    by vinod-bhojak Updated Dec 6, 2013

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    The 16th century monumental Arab Sarai gateway is standing at the prime location of the World Heritage Site on the main axis leading to Humayun’s Tomb. The gateway leads to Arab Sarai, a walled enclosure erected by Hamida Banu Begum, the mother of Emperor Akbar, supposedly as a settlement for 200 Arabs whom she had brought from Mecca to help in the construction of Humayun’s Tomb.
    The gate stand 12.2 meters high fromits pilinth and its built of quartzite with redstone dressing and marbel inlay

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    Humayun’s Tomb-Bu Halima Gate

    by vinod-bhojak Written Dec 6, 2013

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    The cream colored Bu Halima Gate comes just before the entrance to Humayun’s Tomb. This 16th century gate leads to the tomb garden of Bu Halima. Unfortunately, not much is known about Bu Halima. but it is said that she was part of Babur's entourage to India and occupied an important place in his harem. Probably a Mughal noble woman, she was also a wet nurse of Humayun

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    Humayun's Tomb

    by vinod-bhojak Written Dec 6, 2013

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    It is amazing to see. It is known as the finest Mogul garden tomb in India and deserves its reputation.Humayun's Tomb is a World Heritage site. This place is a must see for its architecture,styles,gardens etc. This tomb was built by Humayun's first wife Bega Begum (widow) in 1573 .The tomb is in middle surrounded by beutiful gardens and water channels.The site was chosen on the banks of Yamuna river, due to its proximity to Nizamuddin Dargah, the mausoleum of the celebrated Sufi saint of Delhi, Nizamuddin Auliya, who was much revered by the rulers of Delhi, and whose residence
    It is located near the Nizamudhin Police Station. Approach road is narrow and limited parking is available. The tomb is an architectural marvel. Mughals indeed took time to construct. They built buildings with passion. Their carvings are very impressive. It is well laid out and the lawns are very nicely maintained. The first thing that hits you is the serene atmosphere. Very peaceful. If you have not studied Mughal history, then it is recommend that you hire a guide for better understanding and significance of the tomb. You need a minimum of 2 hrs. to see it.

    Humayun's Tomb me and my mother at Humayun's Tomb Humayun's Tomb Humayun's Tomb latticework in Humayun's Tomb
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    Humayun's Tomb:Nasir ud-din Muhammad Humayun

    by goutammitra Written Aug 27, 2011

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    He was second in line of The Mughal Dynasty. After Zahir-ud-din Muhammad Babur his son Nasir ud-din Muhammad Humayun became the Emperor.

    The tomb was commissioned by Humayun's wife Hamida Banu Begum in 1562 CE, and designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyath, a Persian architect.It was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent, and is located in Nizamuddin East, Delhi, India, close to the Dina-panah citadel also known as Purana Qila, that Humayun founded in 1533.

    I am not able to locate the other pictures taken there , so I am putting one picture now.

    We in front of Humayun' s tomb
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    Humayun's Tomb

    by husain Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The 16th century tomb of Humayun, the second of the great Mughal emperors, is a magnificent example of `Indo-Islamic' architecture. The tomb is of special significance since it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent and it went on to inspire the designs of several major monuments, culminating in the Taj Mahal.

    It was built by Humayun's widow, nine years after his death. The architect was reportedly brought from Herat in Afghanistan, and the design was based on the description of the `gardens of paradise', as portrayed in the Quran. The design is also said to have inspired the design of the Taj Mahal, which was built by Humayun's grandson- Shah Jahan.
    It is a `World Heritage Monument' and has been recently rennovated by the Aga Khan trust(AKTC)/ Intach/ Archeological Survey of India.
    The tomb area is has several other smaller and lesser known monuments/ tombs, some that pre-date the main structure. Also, it was from here that in 1857 A.D, lieutenant Hudson had captured the last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah II, who was subsequently exiled to Rangoon.
    I visited it recently after a gap of several years, and the rennovations have lent it a great ambience. Also, there dosent seem to be a huge crowd here, unlike some of the other popular monuments, so its a pretty serene place.
    Budget a couple of hours at least to get a real feel of this place, since there is a lot to see.

    Humayun's tomb: the entrance Humayun's tomb: Red and white sandstone Humayun's tomb Humayun's tomb: `Gardens of paradise'? The tomb of the Emperor
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    Visit the Humayun Tomb

    by uglyscot Updated Aug 25, 2010

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    The Tomb of Humayun was built by Bega Begum the last surviving wife of Humayun, the second emperor of the Moghul empire, in 1565. The typical Moghul garden is divided into 4 large squares, which are divided again into smaller squares by pathways. The mausoleum is in the centre and rises from a podium faced with a series of cells with arched openings. the central octagonal chamber contains the cenotaph. There are octagonal chambers at the diagonals, and arched lobbies at the sides. the openings are closed with perforated screens.
    The roof is 425 metres high with a double dome, the first, of marble with pillared kiosks around it. It is built of red sandstone.
    Several unidentified rulers are buried nearby , as well as Bega Begum, Hamida Bani Begum [a junior wife], Shah Jehan's son , later Moghuls and Bahadur Shah Ii, the last Moghul emperor of India [1857].
    To the south east is an impressive square tomb called the Barber's Tomb.

    This was my first visit to a typical Moghul building where symmetery is the keyword. The steps are steep howvever. It was also the last chance I had to really see anything close up in Delhi.

    Humayun's tomb an archway at Humayun's tomb the first gate, from the mausoleum the fountain approaching gate
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    Tomb & Mosque of Isa Khan

    by MM212 Updated Jul 29, 2010

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    Located within the Humayun complex, the Isa Khan tomb lies in a separate enclosure. It consists of the octagonal, multi-domed mausoleum and a mosque, all surrounded by an also octagonal fortress-like wall. The little complex was constructed in 1548 AD and thus predates the grander nearby Humayun's Tomb. Isa Khan Niyazi was an official under the Suri dynasty which had defeated the Delhi Sultanate and conquered their capital city for only a few decades in the 16th century, long enough for Isa Khan to build himself this beautiful mausoleum and mosque. Although fairly well-preserved, the structures are missing many of the colourful tiles that once decorated much of the exterior. The octagonal mausoleum is quite similar to some of the Sayyid-period structures found at Lodi Gardens.

    Isa Khan's Tomb - Feb 09 Mosque of Isa Khan - Feb 09 Mosque's tiled decorations - Feb 09 Mosque's mihrab - Feb 09 Isa Khan's enclosure - Feb 09
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    Humayun's Tomb

    by MM212 Updated May 25, 2010

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    Delhi's most beautiful monument is this grand mausoleum for the second Mughal Emperor Humayun and his family. It was built in 1565 by his Persian wife Haji Begum after his death. She employed the Persian architect, Mirak Mirza Ghiyas, who created the Empire's first great monumental Mughal mausoleum. His design - an elaborate square structure topped by a bulbous dome and standing over a raised platform in the centre of a spacious square garden with a charbagh layout - became the standard for numerous later-period Mughal mausoleums, which culminated with the construction of the Taj Mahal in Agra. Humayun's Tomb was added to the list of World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO in 1993.

    For more photos of this magnificent monument, check out my travelogue: "Humayun's Tomb".

    Humayun's Tomb - Feb 2009 Seen from a distance - Feb 2009 fa��ade One of the four iwans
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    Asfarwala Tomb & Mosque

    by MM212 Updated May 25, 2010

    Yet another funerary complex within Humayun's Tomb complex, Asfarwala contains an octagonal, domed mausoleum and a small mosque, both within their own walled enclosure. The mausoleum known to have been built in 1567 AD by a government official under the Mughal Emperor, Akbar the Great, but the exact name of the person is unknown. The adjacent mosque predates the mausoleum by 25 years.

    Decorative medallion in Asfarwala Mosque - Feb 09 Asfarwala Tomb - Feb 09 Interior of Asfarwala Mosque Asfarwala Mosque - Feb 09
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    Arab Serai

    by MM212 Updated May 24, 2010

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    Built in 1561 by Haji Begum, the widow of Sultan Humayun, next to her late husband's mausoleum, the Arab Serai is believed to have hosted Arab priests she brought back from her pilgrimage to Mecca. Other historians believe that it was used to house the Persian artisans who worked on Humayun's Tomb. Was it perhaps both? Little of the actual Arab Serai is left, but its monumental gate is fairly well preserved (seen in the attached photos).

    Arab Serai Gate - Feb 2009 Zooming in on the details Leftover tiles
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