Thursday, April 12, 2012

Humayun's Tomb: first garden-tomb of India

March 17, 2012

The West Gate was actually more than just an entrance gate or portal. The structure also housed the exhibit on Humayun's Tomb's history, architecture and even a scaled diorama of the entire complex, showing smaller surrounding monuments.

This is it! Finally going inside!
The Tomb is a massive structure with marble dome on top. According to the illustration at the exhibit, Emperor Humayun would likes to feed pigeons perched on structures similar to the smaller ones (grey dome; I forgot what these are called. dang!) to feed pigeons.

Oh hello there!

The tomb was built from 1565 and completed in 1572, nine years after Emperor Humayun has died. The construction was ordered by Humayun's widow.

I always try to read the markers of monuments
to better understand and appreciate what they are for

Like Safdarjang's Tomb, Humayun's tomb also showcases the signature Mughal Empire architecture (Islamic) surrounded by a Persian garden (Charbagh)--massive complex in the middle, waterways around it, four garden areas in the complex.

Clean cut green, green grass and shrubs

West side pool and waterway with semi-awesome reflection
(Taken by Julie)

The actual tomb/cenotaph of Emperor Humayun is at the
second level

It's symmetrical as well, even the trees are trying to be
Since entrance to Humayun's tomb is really cheap for Indian nationals, there are people who come to the place not because of the majesty of the complex but for the gardens itself. Although, I would have to say that compared to the colorful flowers of Lodhi Garden and Nehru Park (which are both public spaces), the Charbagh in Humayun's Tomb look too green. 

Imagine yourself cuddling este relaxing in such a serene place

Another waterway on the side, and of course, me!
(Taken by Julie)

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