Humayun’s Tomb – Delhi’s First Mughal Mausoleum


Humayun’s Tomb is one of the prominent tourist destination locate in the Indian capital city, Delhi. It is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun and is the first Mughal Mausoleum in Delhi. The tomb was built to house the remains of the 2nd Mughal emperor, Humayun. The tomb was constructed under the supervision of Bega Begum also known as Haji Begum, the senior widow of Humayun and mother of Akbar, who camped here for the duration, and is now buried alongside her husband. It was also the first structure to use red sandstone at such a scale.The tomb was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993, and since then has undergone extensive restoration work, which is complete.

Besides the main tomb of Humayun, there are several other smaller monuments that dot the pathway leading up to the tomb. The tomb was built in typical Mughal architecture along with Persian-style elegance marks. Humayun Tomb is one of Delhi’s finest historic sites. Constructed of red sandstone, inlaid with black and white marble, on a commanding podium looking towards the Yamuna River. The tomb stands tall between Charbagh garden (four garden), typical of Persian gardens with quadrilateral layout and was the first of its kind in the South Asia and India.

After it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993, the restoration work began in 1999 by  Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), in collaboration with Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). It took almost four years to complete the restoration work along with replanting 12 hectares of lawns and 2500 trees and installing new water circulation system for the walkway channels.

Today, Humayun’s Tomb is one of the most visited heritage site in Delhi which attracts thousands of tourists from all parts of the world. You will a tourists coming here in all the seasons throughout the year. Visit this serene place in the late afternoons is the best time of the day to see the monument.