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Humayun's Tomb (built 1605-1613)

Humayun inherited the Mughal dynasty when his father Babur died in 1530. His reign got off to a good start, but his addiction to luxury at the palaces at Agra left the door open for ambitious men to plot behind his back. Ten years into his reign, Humayun was overthrown by the opportunist Sher Shah, who took advantage of Afghan tribesmen to force Humayun into exile in Iran, which was then ruled by the Safavid dynasty.

Sher Shah died in 1545 and his sucessor was never able to assert the authority over the Afghani tribes that Sher Shah had enjoyed. As the remnants of the Shah's regime unraveled, Humayun mounted a restoration army and marched into Delhi in 1555. The aged Humayun had little time to celebrate, however, for barely six months later he died from a fall in his library at Sher Mandai.

Humayun's tomb is believed to have been designed by his widow. Its plan, based on the description of Islamic paradise gardens, is known to have inspired the Taj Mahal and many later Mughal tombs. This type of garden is known as a charbagh and is based on a grid (see below).

In 1857, the tomb was used as shelter by Bahadur Shah Zafar and his three princes during the first war of Independence.


The approximate location of the tomb is 28.593293' N, 77.250682' E (WGS 84 map datum).


All images copyright 2001 April Clark and Kaye Yeo Ahn

Tadgell, Christopher The History of Architecture in India.
  Phaidon Press, 1990. Singapore

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yasho wardhan tripathi posted on Sun May 11, 2014 11:54 am:

Structure of humayun tomb look like taj mahal

Avinash posted on Tue Apr 15, 2014 2:03 pm:

humayun was defeated by afgan's

pratham posted on Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:30 am:

It was great for learning.Do not feel dis-encouraged by the bad comments of a few people

billu posted on Fri Jul 06, 2012 7:22 am:

not fine

ria posted on Fri Jul 06, 2012 5:37 am:

a little more about the monument should be mentioned

saharsh posted on Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:38 pm:

i hate it

ananya posted on Sat May 12, 2012 1:28 am:

bad !! very bad !!

gurudev posted on Tue Feb 14, 2012 11:37 am:

Humayuns tomb was a Hindu temple of Vishnu . The idol was removed and Humayuns cenotaph placed by his wife as was done in the Taj mahal later by Shah Jahan

RAJ DEV posted on Sun Nov 13, 2011 9:07 am:

i feel pride so that this tomb build in delhi

kate posted on Sat Oct 01, 2011 4:37 am:


dev posted on Mon May 30, 2011 1:43 am:


lakshita posted on Sun Jan 09, 2011 7:08 am:

more inf.. shod be there

flora posted on Wed Oct 13, 2010 4:54 am:

very nice n interested

mukesh posted on Wed Aug 04, 2010 5:24 am: