Saturday, June 11, 2016

Humayun Tomb: A Story Of Courage

Humayun's tomb, the first garden tomb of India was built by Mughal emperor Akbar. Akbar wanted to safeguard his father's dead body. Bega Begum, Humayun's beloved was so grieved from his accidental death that she dedicated her life in building a mausoleum near Yamuna river. It is located at Mathura road, Nizamuddin East, in Delhi 22 Minutes away from Indira Gandhi International Airport  and 11 minutes from Old Delhi Railway station and 5 minutes away from New Delhi Railway Station.

Humayun's body was first buried in Purana Quila at Delhi which was his palace but then was moved from there. In 1571, the tomb was completed at the cost of 1.5 million rupees at that time.

The tomb was designed by the Persian architect Mirak Mirza Ghiyas, who was brought from Afghanistan. The tomb is filled with the rich beauty of interior furnishing, as it has lush carpets, and a small tent above the Cenotaph covered with copies of Quran along with his sword, turban and shoes.

It is surrounded by Charbagh gardens, which consists the area of 13 hectares. The gardens were very famous once but with the decline of Mughals it started to decay. By the 18 century, the gardens were replaced by vegetable garden by the natives. The elegance of the tomb still stays strong and it makes the onlookers feel in the arms of divinity. It was famously visited by President Barack Obama in 2010, who remarkably admired its beauty.

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The perfection engraved into the walls is immensely charismatic, it allures the mind. It being situated on the banks of Yamuna makes it even more admirable. One must come and feel the joy of beauty.

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