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Need some zen amidst the hustle and bustle of Delhi? Humayun's Tomb offers a surprisingly peaceful oasis. This well-proportioned structure sits above its enchanting, symmetrical gardens offering the perfect backdrop for that perfect holiday snap.
Commissioned by the wife of Mughal Emperor Humayun, Empress Bega Begum back in 1569, it’s thought to have taken inspiration from the Taj Mahal, build just 60-years prior. Humayan abides by the strict rules of Islamic geometry, with the number 8 shape emphasised in its red sandstone and white marbling. It’s also one of the best-preserved Mughal monuments, making it a great place to experience the spellbinding architecture of India.
Located in the eastern district of Delhi, this tomb offers a unique blend of Mughal and Persian elements and is one you really should see in person on one of our India tours to fully appreciate its beauty. It’s also the location where the last Mughal emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar, took refuge before he was captured and exiled back in 1857 by the British. Additionally, the picture-postcard gardens that surround the grounds are home to the tombs of the emperor’s favourite barber, Haji Begum.
For citizens of India and visitors of SAARC, entry into the attraction is just 10 rupees, others must pay $5 per person, with children under 15 years-old entering free of charge.
Exact hours of the mausoleum are not defined, much like a lot of the time schedules in India. However, it is usually open from sunrise to sunset every day.