These snaps were taken during my visit to Delhi in the second of week of December 2013. Visiting this imperial Mughal tomb had been one of my greatest desires and now it has been fulfilled .
|Gateway to Humayun's tomb|
|View of the distant mausoleum through he gateway|
It is the first distinct example of proper Mughal style, which was inspired by Persian architecture. It is well known that Humayun picked up the principles of Persian architecture during his exile, and he himself is likely to have planned the tomb, although there is no record to that effect. The tomb was constructed at a cost of 15 lakh rupees (1.5 million).
|Water fountains were a distinctive Mughal architectural innovation to beat the scorching heat of Indian summers|
Mirak Mirza Ghiyath, a Persian, was the architect employed by Haji Begam for this tomb.
|Steep steps leading up to the main terrace of the tomb|
|Close up view of the structure|
|Minor Mughal tombs on the terrace|
|Old ruined minor graves|
Externally each side of the tomb, its elevations decorated by marble borders and panels, is dominated by three arched alcoves, the central one being the highest. Over the roof pillared kiosks are disposed around the high emphatic double dome in the center.
|Here rests the son of Babur and the father of Akbar|
The grave proper in the center of this cell-complex is reached by a passage on the south. The octagonal central chamber contains the cenotaph, and the diagonal sides lead to corner-chambers which house the graves of other members of the royal family.
The central octagonal chamber contains the cenotaph, encompassed by octagonal chambers at the diagonals and arched lobbies on the sides. Their openings are closed with perforated screens. Each side is dominated by three arches, the central one being the highest. This plan is repeated on the second storey too. The roof surmounted by a double dome (42.5m) of marble has pillared kiosks (chhatris) placed around it.
|Other Mughal family members|
|Thus the sun shines upon me for ever and for ever|
|Tourists at the tomb|
|Steps leading the southern gate|