The Humayun’s tomb and the numerous buildings within the vast complex, with 30 acres of garden surrounding it, makes it one of the most remarkable monuments in Delhi with its scale, size and grandeur. It was built under the patronage of Humayun’s wife Hamida Banu Begum and the great Mughal Emperor Akbar to commemorate his father Humayun. It was declared as UNESCO World Heritage in 1993, and since then extensive works of restoration has been done to reach its present state of perfection. It has broad pathways, manicured gardens, working water channels, and richly decorated dome and ceilings bringing back its heyday.
The tomb is often considered as the pre-cursor of Taj Mahal with its architecture, char bagh gardens, gigantic dome and richly ornate stylistic features. It is also called as the ‘Dormitory of the Mughals’, as many Mughal descendants chose to buried here in the crypt. The tomb is also the site where the last Mughal ruler Bhadur Shah Zafar was captured by the British during the revolt of 1857, and India came under the direct rule of British Raj (Crown Rule) under Queen Victoria.
It will take an entire day to fully explore this splurge of 16th century tomb and the independent buildings around it. There are small kiosks, strategically placed benches and enough trees to provide you shade and a pristine ambience.
There are other buildings in the complex such as Isa Khan Tomb, Arab Sarai, Barber’s Tomb, Mosque and Tomb of Afsarwala that are spectacular and a must visit.