One of our founding Gypsy, Rakshita Kapoor decides to pick up that camera again. With a plan to get to know her city’s historical monuments better, she starts with a short and pleasant trip to Humayun’s tomb. We are loving her monument shots, as she shares her travelogue with us. Cheers!
Finally it’s a Friday! After an obviously long week in the new job at a monstrous media agency, I can very well use some laid back TV watching and anything that doesn’t need me to be athletic.
On Friday eve, amidst a casual hangout session with few friends, my phone rings.
Phone to me: Hey do you want to go for heritage walk tomorrow morning?
Me to the phone: Well… OK! sure! I’ll bring my camera too.
I am kinda excited already. I wrap up and leave the hangout just after the right dose of wine, good time and chat, to catch a few hours of sleep.
But, I can’t sleep!
It’s 5.00 am in the morning and I am wide awake. I am excited, not just to explore the city of Delhi but for the pictures that I plan to take, using my 8 years old Cannon 350D after almost 2 years. It’s a different rush, a different high; the high I have experienced before, but somehow couldn’t indulge in, owing to all the “ happenings of life”
At 5.45am we are at the gate waiting for the ticket counter to open. It usually opens at sun rise, but there is no one at the counter, just a guard at the gate asking us to wait. I am peeping through the gate like a little kid, anxious to get in and run across the courtyard. Sometime around 6.15 am, we finally see a guy walking towards the counter. He is here, he is here – I shout.
We buy tickets for INR 10 per person. The fabulous start to our morning just got a little sweeter. Beautiful summer morning, lovely friends, my camera and affordable tickets , all direct towards a perfect start to my Saturday. I am ready for all the history and beauty to soak me in.
I don’t remember much about mughal history from my school history lessons. Hence I am glad that we are accompanied by a friend, who is well aware of mughal monuments in Delhi and has a deep knowledge of Humayun’s tomb’s history and architecture. While he is eagerly showing us around, narrating to us, all that’s required of this walking tour, I start taking pictures with my 8 years old Canon 350D. I have to admit that even after 8 years, our love is as young and passionate as it was when we first looked in each other’s eyes. Hope you enjoy looking at the pictures we clicked.
#1 Fresh morning breeze carry many cotton seeds with it; soft, white like snowflakes, these cotton seeds pave our way, giving the 500 meters towards the monument, a whimsical feel.
#2. Upon crossing the first gate we come across a huge majestic entrance gate for the tomb. Before taking stairs to enter the main monument, we decide to explore the small minarets and tombs of Humayun’s kiths, kins and court counsellors.
First we saw a small gallery, listing in the chronological order the stages in which the building was made, followed by the details about specific chambers in the monument. Below is a picture clicked from a one of picture in the gallery, showing Humayun’s tomb from an aerial view.
#3. On walking little further towards the main tomb, we come across a beautiful tomb surrounded by small mosques and other tombs. It’s the tomb of Isa Khan, an Afgan noble in Sher Shah’s Suri’s court.
#4. A red sandstone building stands across Isa Khan’s tomb, in the Humayun’s Tomb complex. It’s the Isa Khan’s mosque, built after the his tomb, in between 1562-1571 AD
#5. Cenotaphs inside the Isa Khan Niyazi‘s Tomb & a symbolically cut out mihrab facing west or Mecca, over the marble lattice screen.
#6. My patience is running out and I want to see ‘The Monument’. So, after Isa Khan’s mosque, we walk towards the Humayun’s tomb. Domes and arches are main elements of the Mughal architecture. One that catches my attention is the main dome with intricate details drawn on the inside. Flawless geometric patterns on the dome’s ceiling of the Humayun’ Tomb deserve a special mention.
An antique wooden door at the right of the tomb’s entrance leads to more tombs.
#7. The Humayun’s Tomb – Majesty reveals itself.
It is the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. The tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun was commissioned by Humayun’s first wife Bega Begum in 1569-70, and designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyath, a Persian architect. Humayun’s cenotaph stands alone in the main chamber; the real grave lies in the basement below.
Extra shots from the day:
Flora and Fauna at Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi
Few handy details:
It opens from sunrise to sunset
Entrance Fee: Citizens of India and visitors of SAARC (Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Maldives and Afghanistan) and BIMSTEC Countries (Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Myanmar) – Rs. 10 per head.
Others: US $ 5 or Indian Rs. 250/- per head
(Children up to 15 years free)
– by Rakshita Kapoor
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