“Can I have the opportunity to marvel at the outstanding beauty of the Taj Mahal in this life”? Asked my wife, Sunita. To this, my instant reply was “you don’t have to wait for your next life. We will visit the Taj Mahal today.” Of course, she was a bit surprised. To clarify her doubt, I mumbled Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi.
“See a cat if you have not seen a tiger” – I took this phrase very seriously it seems. When in Delhi, visit Humayun’s Tomb if you have not soaked in the beauty and glory of the Taj Mahal. Humayun’s Tomb was built by Bega Begum, the first wife of the second Mughal Emperor Humayun. The mausoleum remains one of the greatest Mughal architectural marvels and is also a popular UNESCO World Heritage Site. This stunning creation exudes many past events that the country is proud of today.
Determined to Visit Humayun’s Tomb Delhi
Nothing can stop you from taking a trip, not even the scorching heat of summer. And this is what happened when Sunita, my permanent travel companion, and I decided to pay a visit to this amazing Mughal wonder. We started at noon. The sun was unwilling to distort its settings. Since Delhi is burning with heat, some might think it was a stupid idea to come out in the sun instead of relaxing in the A/C room. As fate had it, we embarked to visit one of the most popular tourist places in Delhi.
Humayun Tomb nearest Metro Station
From the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Metro Station, the tomb is just a 10-minute drive away. We thought of hiring an auto to reach the point quickly. I approached the only auto driver at Humayun’s tomb nearest metro station and sought his help. He gave me a perplexed look. He was not aware of anything related to that name, I guess. Anyway, I hired him had to guide him to the destination with the help of GPS service – Thanks to technology!
The place was quite crowded. Like me, there were a hundred others who had come to marvel at the ultimate replica of the world-famous Taj Mahal. The first thing we did to get the Humayun’s Tomb ticket (Rs 10/-). But for foreigners, it is some 25 times more i.e. Rs 250/- (Note the difference).
Super-stunning Humayun’s Tomb Architecture
I was taken aback by the impressive building inside the walled enclosure that is evident from the gigantic double-story gateway. A large square garden further divided into 4 square gardens, separated by causeways and pathways and surrounded by thick and high walls. It offers a splendid visual retreat. The manicured gardens constantly entice the travelers to take a short nap and rejuvenate body, soul, and mind. A small, but beautiful water fountain is ever ready to welcome. Visitors were busy taking pictures in the backdrop of the massive tomb. As we inched further towards the main building, for some time, I remained inundated in the thoughts of how skilled those engineers were. Their works are in evidence even today and will be there for many more years.
Standing majestically right in the heart of the complex, the tomb receives thousands of visitors every year, both locals and foreigners alike. There are several smaller monuments along with many tombs that adorn this historic site. I had a close look at the tomb of Humayun accompanied by graves of his wife Bega Begum, Dara Shikoh, son of Shah Jahan and great great grandson of Humayun.
Before we said bye to the tombs, I wanted to capture the magnificent scenic beauty of the gardens and their surroundings right from the top of the spacious porch. Have a close glance at the combination of white marble and red and yellow sandstone – you just can’t take your eyes off. If you are a history buff, you must know the importance of Humayun’s Tomb.
And yes, never forget to bring water and wrap it up with a polythene bag to keep it cool for a longer time.