On 29th Novemeber, 2009, I woke up to a chilly morning. I had been thinking to visit Humayun’s Tomb for the last 3 weeks but could not get the time. One week, I actually took out my bike and started on the journey but turned towards malls and did my shopping after riding around 2 miles. But this time, I was determined to visit the place and anyhow did it (felt happy like visiting Taj Mahal itself!).
I took a bus from IFFCO chowk Gurgaon and reached Badarpur. From there, after enjoying some fried snacks for my morning breakfast, I took another bus to Nizamuddin that was supposed to drop me right in front of the monument. After around 2 hours of starting from home, I reached the desired place.
I entered the place after paying Rs. 10/- as the ticket. I need to mention that Humayun’s Tomb was declared as Worth Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993 and Archaeological Survey of India has been executing the conservation process of this monument. In this process, this monument is called the ticketed site and for visiting this tomb, a ticket is charged.
At the entrance of the site, on the right-hand side, there is the tomb of Isa Khan. I took some photographs of this monument and spent like half an hour exploring various angles of the site. This monument was also restored and was funded by World Monument Fund.
As I moved towards the main tomb, I noticed that the area of this whole complex was very big–later on, I felt almost tired walking the nooks and corners of the site. I had barely eaten till then and felt hungry and exhausted.
When I reached the main gate from where Humayun’s Tomb could be seen, I felt exhilarating joy just because of the sheer magnanimity and beauty of the structure. It would be almost of blasphemous proportions, but I felt that it looked at par with the great Taj Mahal of Agra. As I moved closer to the structure and noticed how vast it is, I felt that I am not wrong if I call it as one of the most beautiful monuments in India, which it really is.
As per some records from Wikipedia and other sources, it was the first monument in India in which red stone was used in such a large quantity. It also started the trend of Persian architecture in Indian mausoleum. So, the importance is significant.
After I ventured into all the corners of the monument and some other tombs of related persons, I came out of the main gate to Humayun’s Tomb and passed into the sideway towards a small canteen where I could enjoy over cups of tea and water.
I was lucky to have my camera with me and I happened to click some shots of the monument, which I am sharing with you here. I am certain visiting Humayun’s Tomb was a worthy decision and I feel so happy that I made to it.