The iconic mausoleum of the Mughal Emperor Humayan holds special significance in Delhi for being the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent.

Overview

One of India's most captivating mausoleums and a landmark in Mughal architecture, Humayan's tomb is a first-class example of Islamic geometry. Built in 1570 and appearing to float above the gardens that surround it, its bands of white marble and red sandstone emphasise the number eight, a Mughal figure meaning success.

Humayun's tomb was built by Haji Begum, the Persian-born wife of the Mughal Emperor Humayun, 14 years after his death. The tomb itself brings together Persian and Mughal elements, culminating in one of the first garden tombs, complete with watercourses and manicured gardens that were later replicated for the Taj Mahal. It is fair to say that this is the first immaculate example of dynastic tombs in India, hence its need to be preserved and title as a UNESCO World Heritage Site."

Good to know

The entrance to Humayun’s tomb can be found on either the south or the west side of its grounds. Once inside, we recommend looking out for the hidden 150 graves and tombs among the grounds, including Isa Khan's, the monumental Khan-i-Khanan's and even the tomb of the emperor's favourite barber!

Opening times

From dawn until dusk.

Cost

250 rupees per person.