Humayun’s Tomb

Delhi, India, Uncategorized

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Where: Delhi, 2 kilometers from JLN Metro Station. It’s easy to find an Uber or a tuk tuk that will take you there since it’s a well-known UNESCO site. We took an Uber from the Hauz Kaus station area for about 100 rupees ($1.50).

Duration: 1-2 hours. There are quite extensive grounds, so you could make a day of it with a picnic in the area.

Cost: 500 Rupees (approximately $7.50)

A Brief History: A pre-Taj Mahal tomb built in the sixteenth century for Emperor Humayun. It is one of the first tombs to feature a garden-area, much like the Taj Mahal (or, rather, the Taj Mahal rather like it). Humayun was the second Moghul emperor in the northern part of India and parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan. His reign was one of losing and gaining terroritories and rivalry with his brother in Kabul. Something that has always interested me personally is looking how borders have changed over the years and how much of history has cross-country relationships which is witness-able with Humayun.

Point of Interest: Everyone gathers around the entrance of the tomb in order to get the beautiful photo with the tomb dead-center. It’s a fight against crowds and people wanting a picture with you in order to get what you want. However, if you head around to the back of the tomb, you get essentially the exact same photograph with one major difference: virtually no one else wanders back there. Most are content with their crowded picture, a quick walk around the tomb structure, and then leaving.

Recommendation: 3.5/5. The actual tomb is nice—and they have extensive information available on the reconstruction it has undergone. However, there was a complete lack of information on who the tomb was for and why. It’s a beautiful burnt orange color and is often called the “Taj Mahal” of Delhi (though I’m not sure I would go that far). Also—all the young school children seemed to be on a field trip and we had to literally run away from them so they would stop taking pictures with us. Awkward, though more situational than tomb-based.

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