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Humayun's Tomb, {CATEGORY}

An architectural forerunner of the Taj Mahal, Humayun's Tomb was built in the mid 16th century by Mughal Emperor Humayun's widow, Haji Begam, who was also buried there. Its arched entrances and bulbous dome are surrounded by lovely formal gardens, making it one of the most beautiful Mughal buildings in the city. (Plan to spend at least an hour there.)

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Address: At Lodi and Mathura Roads, Delhi

City: Delhi

Country: India

Phone 1: 011 2435-5275

Opening hours: Daily sunrise-sunset

Entrance fee: Rs 250 ($6.10/£3.10), Rs 25 (60¢/30p) video

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Humayun's Tomb, {CATEGORY}

This tomb, built for the second Mughal emperor, launched a great Mughal architectural legacy - even the Taj, which was built by Humayun's great-grandson, was inspired by it. Though the Taj's beauty (and the money spent) eclipsed this magnificent example of a garden tomb, it's well worth a visit, even if your intention is to visit its progeny. Paid for by Humayun's "senior" wife, Haji Begum, and designed by the Persian (Iranian) architect Mirak Mirza Ghiyas, it's another grand testimony to love. Set in peaceful surrounds, the tomb features an artful combination of red sandstone and white marble, which plays with the wonderful symmetry and scale used by the makers of the Mughal empire. Though it doesn't have the fine detailing of the Taj, aspects such as the intricately carved stone trellis windows are lovely. If you're traveling on to Agra, it is interesting to see how the Mughals' prolonged stay in India started to influence design elements (the Persian finial that mounts the central marble dome was, for instance, later supplanted by the lotus). There are a number of outlying tombs, and if you want to do more than simply wander through the beautifully restored gardens and walkways and marvel at the sheer generosity of scale, this is again one place where the services of a guide are worthwhile. Hire one through your hotel or the central tourism office.

Humayun's Tomb, {CATEGORY}

An architectural forerunner of the Taj Mahal, Humayun's Tomb was built in the mid 16th century by Mughal Emperor Humayun's widow, Haji Begam, who was also buried there. Its arched entrances and bulbous dome are surrounded by lovely formal gardens, making it one of the most beautiful Mughal buildings in the city. (Plan to spend at least an hour there.)

Humayun's Tomb, {CATEGORY}

An architectural forerunner of the Taj Mahal, Humayun's Tomb was built in the mid 16th century by Mughal Emperor Humayun's widow, Haji Begam, who was also buried there. Its arched entrances and bulbous dome are surrounded by lovely formal gardens, making it one of the most beautiful Mughal buildings in the city. (Plan to spend at least an hour there.)

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