Of all the tombs in the world, none is as poetic and grand as the Taj Mahal, the symbol of love, though tainted with a zillion stories in the books of history, never fails to impress. The Humayun’s tomb, another one such architectural spectacle is not so tainted as it is celebrated. Taj’s lesser known cousin, the Humayun’s tomb hosts several Mughal royalties, but as a piece of architecture it sure is unparalleled. An assembly of Turkish and Mughal architecture, the structure includes several delightful elements of Indian architecture, mostly Rajasthani elements of design.
Set on a platform, the structure is flanked by the traditional Mughal gardens with the Char Bagh and rises up to the bright blue sky with all the perfect tenets of scale and proportion. Unlike the traditional Islamic tombs, the mosque is conspicuous by its absence, instead, the complex includes the tomb of Humayun’s favorite barber apart from the family members.
While the jaalis are stunning the most beautiful part is the domed structure of the tomb. Its a poetic wonder, and gazing up to the white plastered dome, one cannot help but marvel at the sheer genius of the ancient craftsmen. The jharokhas and turrets atop the tomb adds many an Indian element while the pointed Islamic arches speak of its origins. Great architecture is classified by it’s ability to photograph beautifully, like they say, its gorgeous from every angle, in any kind of light! The Humayun’s tomb easily passes that criteria and shines as an example of great design in the country.