Delhi Diary: Photo Walking Humayun Tomb at Golden Hours

Delhi has been my base for the last 8 years, however, first time I felt utmost regret on a December morning when I finally entered Humayun Tomb, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. I was awestruck with the unexpected, never-imagined-before grandeur and age’s old magnificent splendor of Humayun Tomb. The august feeling sent a shivering signal to my mind triggering regret for not visiting this historic place even once in last 8 years.

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First View of Humayun Tomb

Thanks to Delhi Photography Club for forcing me out of my bed early on a December morning to capture this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lately, after having read Alex Ruthorfords series of books on Moghul Empire, I have developed an urge to see Moghul Structures closely spread mostly in Delhi and Agra.

This tomb commissioned in 1562 by Hamida Banu Begum, is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. Humayun Tomb, Delhi, Moghuls, Heritage, UNESCO, World Heritage,Taj Mahal is believed to have been inspired from this tomb, which was, in turn, based on the tomb of Timur, an ancestor of the Mughals, which is located in Samarkand. Shahjahan build Tajmahal for his love of life and now Tajmahal has become the symbol of love for everyone across the globe, however, I feel Humayun Tomb is equally if not better suited for this stature.

Lets delve into history of Humayun and his second wife Hamida Banu Bagum who ordered this tomb to be built and was also the mother of Great Akbar. Their story of togetherness while in exile is far more moving and intriguing than the separation Shajahan felt after Mumtaj’s Death.

After loosing Delhi to Shershah Suri, Humayun and Hamida took many perilous jounrney across Thar Desert, Sindh, Afganistan upto Persia with a dual purpose of saving themselves from the wrath of Shershah Suri and also to gather support to conquer back what belonged to Moghuls. During these perilous Journeys in 16th Century, she gave birth to Akbar at Umerkot and they further undertook long journeys and considerable hardship to ensure safety of Akbar. Their story of 15 years in exile really has far more elements of emotions than so called Laila Majnu, Siri-Farihad, Romeo-Juliet. On account of this I feel Humayun Tomb deserve equal, if not more, attention than the Taj. And that’s why I believe Historian Laura Syke has described it as Masculine equivalent of Taj Mahal.

So when I entered this Mausoleum it was the perfect Golden Hour time and sun was yet to rise from the back of Tomb. The Chief Architect Mirak Mirza Ghiyas from Herak must have mastered the art of Geometric Symmetry as the entire tomb is a marvelous example of precision and symmetry. Mirak Mirza designed it in a Persian “Charbagh Style” or four sqaur garden style enclosed by high walls on three side and River Yamuna on the other. Like Taj, It has a high raised platform which gives a grand view to entire setup. A landmark in Mughal architecture, it set the tone for grandiose memorials and use of red sandstone in large scale construction.

Let, now,photographs do the talking,

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Golden-Blue sky of morning hours gives a perfect backdrop to this landmark

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It has four sqaure body at four side. The golden Shadow of Tomb is amazing.

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Magic of Symmetry: Grand View from First Corner as we move anti-clockwise from enterance. Magic of Symmetry!!

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Magic of Symmetry: Grand View from Second Corner as we move anti-clockwise from enterance. Sun is at the back.

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Magic of Symmetry: Grand View from Thrid Corner as we move anti-clockwise from enterance.

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Magic of Symmetry: Grand View from Fourth Corner as we move anti-clockwise from enterance.

While capturing it from four corners, i was in awe with the change of color/hue in sky. Superb!!

Now lets move to first floor or on the paltform:

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From Grand Paltform.
It gives better contrast than Taj with same splendor.

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Front View!!

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Side View!

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Green Carpets: Lovely Gardens!!

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Beautiful Landscape!

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Historic Humayun Tomb!! Thanks to Moghuls for enriching India with so much!

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Delhi has so much to offer to Heritage Walker and History lover!! Now would explore more of Delhi and bring it to you all!! Stay Tuned!!

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Would love to take you on Photowalks and Guided tour to Delhi’s Heritage Sites and bylanes of Delhi. So, connect with me before you plan your next visit to Delhi.

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56 thoughts on “Delhi Diary: Photo Walking Humayun Tomb at Golden Hours

  1. Renuka says:

    The first ray of sunlight makes it look even more beautiful! Humayun’s Tomb is not just an example of brilliant architecture, but it has got great history behind it, too! Apparently, Taj Mahal was built after drawing inspiration from this impressive monument.

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  2. sarusinghal says:

    Thanks for sharing its history. I lived in Noida for close to 1.5 years and traveled to Delhi for 4 years but never saw any of its landmarks. I regret it now and more so, after looking at your stunning shots. Loved all your pictures. Too good!

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  3. Kathrin says:

    Why is it so often that we don’t visit the places that are so near our home? We shouldn’t take them for granted. The Humayun Tomb looks amazing on your photos, I especially like the last one 🙂

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  4. Two Can Travel says:

    Love your pictures of this stunning Tomb! So interesting that it was the inspiration for the Taj Mahal. I love the symmetry and detail that goes into so many of the historical buildings in India.

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  5. Megan Claire (@mappingmegan) says:

    You got some absolutely stunning photos – thanks for sharing. I’ll be sure to not miss this on our upcoming trip through Delhi. Though I’m the same with my home country of Australia…I’ve found we’re so keen to visit other sides of the world and explore new cities that we don’t take the time to properly explore the fascinating surroundings in our own backyard. You’ve inspired me to get out more locally, so thanks!

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    • Everything_Candid says:

      India has immense variety!
      Yes there is a kind of rivalry between two cities. But WIthout delhi, inida is incomplete as it has been its capital since many many centurines! I have ived in bth cities and find Delhi a better place personally.

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  6. The Roaming Renegades.com says:

    A stunning place and so much quieter than the Taj Mahal. Thank you very much for sharing these places with us, we are researching places to visit in India and this looks beautiful and also has fascinating history too.

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  7. Alexandrea says:

    We visited this place in 2009 although armed with a compact camera and zero photography knowledge our pictures were nowhere near as good as yours! Love them! I might start seeing if there are any photography clubs in the places we visit

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  8. ahley says:

    We went by this place in 2012 albeit equipped with a smaller camera and zero photography learning our photos were no place close on a par with yours! Adore them! I may begin checking whether there are any photography clubs in the spots we visit

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