Humayun’s Tomb another UNESCO World Heritage site in Delhi

Humayun’s Tomb, another UNESCO World Heritage site in Delhi

As shared in my previous blogs Delhi has a lot to offer especially towards the historical side it has various monuments. One of the most prominent monument is Humayun’s Tomb, a unique mausoleum in this city.

This is the Tomb of Mughal emperor “Humayun”. The Tomb is declared as the UNESCO World Heritage site along with the Qutub Minar Complex and Red Fort. The tomb underwent restoration and I looked forward to visiting the refreshed monument.

This monument is built of red sandstone and white. As a typical architecture from the “Mughal Era”, this monument has a central dome which is made up of white marble and has various small minarets and pillars in the geometrical pattern to give it a grand look. I really enjoyed clicking photographs here and wondered why I did not visit this place earlier despite living in the same city.

Notice the central dome which is made up of white marble and has various small minarets and pillars in the geometrical pattern to give it a grand look. ( Photo (c): travelquartz )

The entrance to the tomb is through a ticket line which usually is long especially if you are going on a weekend but the excitement of witnessing the history is worth standing in the line for some time.

The moment you enter the tomb complex, it takes you back to the Ancient times when great monuments were built. No wonder that instantly it reminds you of the Taj Mahal. If one is comparing this destination with Taj Mahal, that itself gives an idea how grand this monument is worth a visit in your next Delhi trip. As per history, this monument was built by a grieving wife in the memory of her husband called Humayun.  This is just the opposite of the Taj Mahal which was built by a grieving husband Shah Jahan in the memory of his late wife Mumtaz. Interesting isn’t it!

The grand architecture takes you back to the Mughal Era!

As you walk ahead towards the Tomb, you reach a beautiful fountain, as a photographer, you must click a picture here with the shadow of the tomb in the water near to the fountain.Behind the fountain are the stairs taking you on the upper floor of the tomb.As you walk up the stairs you will reach a vast open area. From the top of the tomb, you can see the entire area surrounded by beautiful gardens. It’s a must to take an extra moment to observe the architecture of this monument. The paradise Garden or the Mughal garden has various walking alleys which can lead to the back side of the tomb which is less crowded but still beautiful.

The paradise Garden or the Mughal garden has various walking alleys.

Since this area is huge it is recommended that you take a walk around the entire monument to understand the grandness and then visit the parts which interest you the most. Hence, it is important to have enough time and good weather to make this trip success.

Further, while entering the tomb it is important to see the architectural carvings on the walls. Each wall has a net-like screen placements too. One of the purposes of the net walls is to allow the passage of air and light inside the Tomb. It also has religious significance and also gave a feeling of peace.

Notice the net-like screen placements of red stone.

After this, plan to visit various other tombs in the same area and each one of those have historical importance attached to them.

Next to Humayun’s Tomb is barbers tomb yet another historical tomb.

If you traverse this complex further, there is magnificent octagonal shaped tomb which is called as the Isa Khan Tomb. It is named after an Afghan noble called as Isa Khan Niazi. This too is indistinguishable from another tomb in the Lodhi Gardens of Delhi. The architectural details were similar in those time in few monuments for sure.A day trip to these tombs is definitely a recommendation for your next Delhi trip.

39 thoughts on “Humayun’s Tomb another UNESCO World Heritage site in Delhi

  1. Helene

    It definitely reminded me of the Taj Mahal as soon as I saw it! I think it’s that dome:) The colour is really interesting though, and the red makes it super beautiful:) Makes me want to visit Delhi! And eat all the Indian food:D

    • Travel Quartz Post author

      Hi Helene plan a trip soon- you are welcome. The food and architecture will spoil you for sure . 🙂

  2. Tyra

    The story between both the Humayaun’s tomb and the Tai Mahal is quite interesting! I totally want to share this with my friend and watch her reaction! Beautiful, beautiful archicture. My favorite part about this tomb is the dome and the screen-replacements!

    • Travel Quartz Post author

      So glad Tyra you liked this post and sharing it with your friends, do let me know her reaction 🙂 Plan a trip too see you soon!

  3. Aditi

    Humayun’s Tomb is a beauty! I remember visiting it years ago, maybe well over a decade. I guess I should check out the refurbished version on my next visit. Cheers!!

    • Travel Quartz Post author

      Absolutely the refurbished version is an even better experience we can see how it was in those times.

  4. Katie

    What an amazing piece of history – I love visiting UNESCO sites around the world!

  5. lexieanimetravel

    Delhi is impressive! with bunch of places considered as UNESCO world heritage site, that is something to be proud of. I get what you mean about taking photo on that angle, I’ve imagine already it even just staring at the Tomb, lovely tour for this. A must visit site for those who love history and disvering historical and architechtural designs.

    • Travel Quartz Post author

      I agree and also other way round too visiting such places made me love history even more 😀 Glad you liked this post , thank you so much 🙂

  6. Alex

    It’s so easy to overlook what is right on your own doorstep isn’t it? Delhi looks pretty cool – I would love to visit Humayans tomb 🙂

    • Travel Quartz Post author

      Yes it is we realized the same recently hence planned such visits and would love to visit more such paces real soon!

  7. Michael

    Fantastic architecture. It must have taken some extraordinary skilled people to build this.

    • Travel Quartz Post author

      Yes Michael indeed an awesome monument , it is supposed to be the inspiration behind the Taj Mahal !!!!!!

  8. Monica Badiu

    Beautiful post, so inspirational. And I enjoyed your pics so much. I’m a bit of an architecture geek. So I really liked the small details in the net-like screens.

    • Travel Quartz Post author

      Thank you, Monica, for positive feedback :), I visited here a few times now and post-renovation the monument is just amazing.

  9. Taryn

    I love Humayans Tomb. My guide in Delhi told me he preferred it over the Taj Mahal? I think they’re both strikingly beautiful. I love the red sandstone architecture in India. Enjoyed the history lesson of this post.

    • Travel Quartz Post author

      Thank you Taryn! Glad you liked this post 🙂 I this monument is equally important as the Taj Mahal it is just so beautiful!

  10. Yesh Sewdayal

    Love the facts you give about this monument! So much history and insight into such a beautiful tribute. Your pictures are amazing!

    • Travel Quartz Post author

      Thank you! Glad you liked this post 🙂 I hope to share more such places in future thanks to kind feedback from readers like you!

  11. Indu

    Humayun’s Tomb a UNESCO World Heritage site in my city, Delhi. Dear friend I enjoyed your post as much as I enjoyed being physically at the proud site.

    • Travel Quartz Post author

      Thankyou so much for your feedback, it’s an honour that you enjoyed this post esp knowing that you are from Delhi the feedback is even more valuable to me 🙂

  12. Mara

    Your photos are SO beautiul !!!
    India seems like such an interesting country and I really hope that I will get to visit it one day 🙂

    • Travel Quartz Post author

      Thank you for appreciating the pictures inspires me to click more and share 🙂 I m sure you will love visiting India.

  13. Rahat Arora

    I have explore this monument already architecture of red sandstone looks incredible. I have spent my nice time here.

  14. Jem

    Beautiful pictures! I love the red of the monument. A really informative and interesting read.

  15. Sreekar

    Have always been in awe of the amazing architecture of the tomb! Would surely check it out someday. Nice pics too!

  16. Gabby

    wow what great architecture! I keep seeing more and more posts about the beautiful buildings in India.. I need to see them myself in person!

  17. DTG

    What a fabulous building I will add this to my bucket list and I have save the pst for future reference. Love the architecture so beautiful.

    • Travel Quartz Post author

      Glad you liked this post and monument. I am sure you will visit Delhi during the next India trip, plan to visit this Tomb preferably in morning hours to avoid the crowd and see the magnificence. it is such an awesome place.

  18. Jen

    I love visiting UNESCO sites. There’s a reason why they hold the title. Great photos!

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