Humayun’s Tomb : Delhi, India

I’m slowly getting through all the touristy images from our trip to India and the funny thing is we didn’t do a whole lot of tours or “touristy” things. But one weekend we did take a trip on the HoHo. Haha. Yes, HoHo (Hop on, Hop off). Never heard of it before but when I was told about it I thought it would be a great way to see a lot of the tourist spots in New Dehli. If you’ve never heard of it either, it’s basically a bus system the runs throughout the day, stopping at a number of locations. At any point you can hop off the bus and tour around and about 45 mins later hop on the next bus and head to the next destination. We had grabbed a map and somewhat plotted out our plan but unfortunately ran out of time and was only able to get off the bus at Humayun’s Tomb. But I’m not complaining because the tomb was pretty amazing!

Warning…this post is a bit picture heavy! 🙂 If you want to check out more images of the tomb visit my flickr set: Humayun’s Tomb

Some basic facts about Humayun’s tomb:

The tomb is for Mughal Emperor Humayun.
His wife began the construction of the tomb in 1562 AD.
It’s the first structure to use red sandstone to such a scale.
It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1993 and since then has undergone extensive restoration work, which is still underway, as you’ll see in my images.
Besides the main tomb, several smaller monuments are scattered along the pathway leading up to it.
The complex encompasses the main tomb of the Emperor Humayun, which houses the graves of his wife, and many others.


Humayun's Tomb New Delhi India
Humayun's Tomb New Delhi India
Humayun's Tomb New Delhi India
Humayun's Tomb New Delhi India
As you’ll see, most of the door ways were a bit short for Dave. Later on I have a post about “real life India” and I have a great picture of Dave with a fridge. Haha!

Humayun's Tomb New Delhi India
I love all the texture of the structures! Gorgeous!

Humayun's Tomb New Delhi India
Humayun's Tomb New Delhi India
Humayun's Tomb New Delhi India
Humayun's Tomb New Delhi India
This was the main tomb stone in the structure. The rest were outside and exposed to the elements.

Humayun's Tomb New Delhi India
Humayun's Tomb New Delhi India
Humayun's Tomb New Delhi India
Humayun's Tomb New Delhi India
Could you imagine the sunlight pouring in through these windows back in the 1500’s?! Just amazing to know that with no electricity these detailed windows were the main source of light, air circulation and protection. Nothing like today.

Humayun's Tomb New Delhi India
My next post of India will be about “true life India” which I’ll warn now…it’s vastly different than all the images I’ve posted up to this point. Stay tuned!

love & pixels,
ashley

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