Delhi got its own “TAJ”
Tucked away in a corner in the Nizamuddin area in Delhi is the tomb of emperor Humayun. This can rightly be said as the precursor to the Taj. The proportions are slightly different but the overall effect is no less imposing than that of the Taj. The elements of symmetry, perspective, attention to detail, magnificent jaali openings, monumental scale, sense of place…..the simple beauty of the building is delightful. The design was influenced by Persian architecture and was grander than anything built before in Delhi , or any Muslim tomb in other countries .Its a paradise on Earth
The tomb of Emperor Humayun was built more than 450 years ago. Humayun’s tomb and its surroundings monuments form a vast complex , with 30 acres of gardens surrounding the central chabutara (platform) on which the Tomb stands .In fact around the actual garden of the tomb are several independent enclosures , often centering on a tomb like the Isa Khan tomb or the garden of Bu Halima. Other than Humayun’s Tomb, there are a number of other structures within the complex. These include several tombs of course, but also mosques, gateways, wells and even a ruined market. They date from many different centuries and represent a wide range of materials, styles and decorative techniques. The complex merits a visit of at least a couple of hours. Even if you don’t while away some time resting under a shady tree and watching birds which frequent the garden. The many thoughtfully placed benches allow you to take you time soaking up the ambience.
Sites :Mosque and tomb of Isa Khan , Mosque and tomb of Afsarwala, Barber’s Tomb , Arab Sarai , Garden and tomb of Bu Halima and the Grand Humayun’s Tomb .