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Humayun's Tomb

This 16th-century emperor’s garden tomb, commissioned nine years after the ruler’s death, is an early example of red sandstone and marble Mughal architecture.

Humayun’s Tomb in New Delhi is the first distinct example of Mughal-style architecture in India. Building for the site began nine years after the emperor’s death in the 1500s, and was commissioned by his widow Hamida Banu Begam. Today, the tomb is an internationally protected World Heritage Site.

When you enter the walled enclosure, you will see part of the huge square garden, divided into four parts. Wander along the large, paved walkways that separate the well-maintained lawns in the garden. The paths have narrow water channels running through the middle of them. These channels represent the four rivers that are said to flow in jannat (the Islamic conception of paradise).

The huge two-storey structure was built with red sandstone and has a double dome at the top. Stroll around the tomb to see the marble borders and panels used to decorate the exterior of the mausoleum.

There are a number of graves of other Mughal rulers inside the walled enclosure, including the Barber’s Tomb on the southeastern side. This tomb, which is said to belong to the one-time royal barber, is on a raised platform and is also covered with a double dome.
English-speaking tour guides take small and large groups through the site. These tours are particularly helpful if you want to learn about some of the other graves in the garden that do not have information panels.

Foreigners pay more to visit the tomb than locals, but the entry fee is still very affordable.

Humayun’s Tomb is a 15-minute drive from central New Delhi and is easily accessible by public transport. Buses run from the city centre to Dargah Hazrat Nizamuddin, a trip that takes about 20 minutes. It’s 10-minute walk from Dargah Hazrat Nizamuddin to the tomb.


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GG Bed and Breakfast

GG Bed and Breakfast

A-72 Nizamuddin East, New Delhi, Delhi
    3.5 out of 5.0
     
     

    Located in Nizamuddin, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Humayun's Tomb and Nizamuddin Dargah. India Gate and India Habitat Centre are also within ...

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    The Oberoi, New Delhi

    The Oberoi, New Delhi

    Dr. Zakir Hussain Marg, New Delhi, Delhi
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      Located in the heart of New Delhi, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Humayun's Tomb and Nizamuddin Dargah. India Gate and Pragati Maidan are also ...

      The Oberoi, New DelhiAU$372

      Eleven

      Eleven

      11, Nizamuddin East, New Delhi, Delhi N.C.R.
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        Located in Nizamuddin, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Humayun's Tomb and Nizamuddin Dargah. India Gate and India Habitat Centre are also within ...

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        Sri Sai Inn

        Sri Sai Inn

        A-37,Street No-3,Nagli Razapur, Near Nizamuddin Railway Station, New Delhi, Delhi
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          Located in Nizamuddin East, this guesthouse is within 3 miles (5 km) of Nizamuddin Dargah, India Habitat Centre and Lodhi Garden. Humayun's Tomb and Lajpat Nagar ...

          Sri Sai InnAU$21

          Delhi Inn

          Delhi Inn

          A-37,Street No-3, Nagli Razapur,isbt sa, rai Kale,Nr Nizamuddin Railway Station, New Delhi, Delhi
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            Located in Nizamuddin East, this guesthouse is within 3 miles (5 km) of Nizamuddin Dargah, Pragati Maidan and India Habitat Centre. Lodhi Garden is 2.9 mi (4.7 ...

            OYO 49750 Surya Inn

            OYO 49750 Surya Inn

            10, Nizamuddin, Block C, Nagli Rajapur, Sarai Kale Khan, New Delhi, Delhi
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              Located in Nizamuddin East, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Nizamuddin Dargah, Pragati Maidan and India Habitat Centre. Lodhi Garden is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) ...

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              The Lodhi - A member of The Leading Hotels Of The World

              The Lodhi - A member of The Leading Hotels Of The World

              Lodhi Road, New Delhi, Delhi N.C.R
                5.0 out of 5.0
                 
                 

                Located in the heart of New Delhi, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nizamuddin Dargah and Delhi Golf Club. Humayun's Tomb and India Habitat Centre ...

                The Lodhi - A member of The Leading Hotels Of The WorldAU$430

                A.K Rajput Guesthouse

                A.K Rajput Guesthouse

                33-C Nangli, Nearr Nizamuddin, Railway Stn, Nizamuddin East, New Delhi, Delhi
                  3.0 out of 5.0
                   
                   

                  Located in Nizamuddin East, this guesthouse is within 3 miles (5 km) of Nizamuddin Dargah, Pragati Maidan and India Habitat Centre. Lodhi Garden is 2.9 mi (4.7 ...

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