Humayun's Tomb Tours
Lovingly restored to its full glory, Humayun’s Tomb remains a special sight to behold, even among the sheer number of incredible attractions that call Delhi home.
The first garden tomb on the Indian subcontinent, once inside Humayun’s Tomb you won’t just find the resting place of its namesake, but those of numerous other Mughal emperors and members of their families. Not only is it an aesthetic masterpiece, the tomb also set a precedent for Mughal architecture in the following years, culminating with the erection of the world-famous Taj Mahal in Agra.
Humayun’s Tomb is just off the Yamuna River, and a stone’s throw from other iconic sights like India Gate, yet retains a sense of quiet within its walls - many visitors to Delhi wonder how something so serene can be located in such a bustling city. With Newmarket Holidays escorted tours of Humayun’s Tomb, you’ll have the chance to explore the ancient complex and its beautiful grounds, which usually remain open from sunrise to sunset instead of having any set hours of entry. Regardless of what time of day you go, you’ll find magic in its walls and manicured gardens.
Things to see and do at Humayun's Tomb
Whilst in Delhi, make sure you take a trip to Humayun's Tomb to explore the resting place of many important Indian figures. Here are a few of the best things to see and do in the area.
The enclosed Paradise Garden is geometrically designed so that there are mirror images throughout its small space. Split into 32 smaller gardens, it’s a brilliant place to meander through if you want to be surrounded by stunning floral patterns and find some peace and quiet, and a perfect example of Mughal landscaping and park design.
The Nila Gumbad
The Nila Gumbad, or Blue Dome in English, is the tomb of an unidentified person that’s known for being older than much of the rest of the complex. Once adorned by glazed blue, green, and white tiles, much of its colour has been lost to time, but it remains a unique part of the complex and well worth a visit.
Tomb of Isa Khan
To the west of the complex’s main mausoleum lies the Tomb of Isa Khan, an octagonal, red sandstone structure that was built across the years 1547-8. Constructed in the Lodhi style, it uses both Muslim and Hindu elements to create a unique structure within the greater walls of Humayun’s Tomb.
Food and drink at Humayun's Tomb
Pakoras are the ultimate street food. Portable, small enough try as a light snack, and available with a variety of dips from tamarind to mango-mint, these bundles of potatoes, onions, and spices are battered in chickpea flour and water to keep them light and airy, even after they’re dipped into scalding oil to cook them.
Nothing says Delhi quite like Aloo Chaat. The blend of spiced potatoes, tangy tamarind sauce, coriander seeds, and pomegranate is both salty and sweet, and when you add lashings of yoghurt the snack is also incredibly refreshing under the baking north Indian sun.
Kulfi is sometimes known as Indian ice cream, but as it isn’t whipped it takes much longer to melt - necessary when you’re devouring it under the Delhi rays. Flavours are plentiful and varied, from mango to pistachio and everything in between - perfect for cooling down after a day of exploring.
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