Humayun's tomb is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun who was born on 1508 AD and died in 1556 AD. Humayun was the son of Zahiruddin Muhammad Babur, the first Mughal Emperor and father of the great Jalaluddin Muhammad Akbar.
Humayun's tomb is the first colossal monumental mausoleum and considered to be an early masterpiece that was to decisively influence the design of the later Taj Mahal, the high point of Mughal architecture. Tomb was commissioned by Humayun's first wife Bega Begum in 1569-70, and designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyas, a Persian architect chosen by Bega Begum. When Humayun had died in 1556, Bega Begum was so grieved over her husband's death that she dedicated her life thenceforth to a sole purpose: the construction of the most magnificent mausoleum in the Empire, at a site near the Yamuna River in Delhi for the memorial of the late Emperor.
Humayun's tomb is open on all days including Mondays when most of the other historical monuments are closed. Its not usually crowded and is a must see place when visiting Delhi. Place is spread out, well maintained and atmosphere very serene considering the traffic chaos just outside. Its a majestic place and a delight for photographers and history buffs.
As part of Incredible India series, I had earlier shared blog posts on Karnataka Road Trip, Qutub Minar & Golconda Fort.