Saturday, July 9, 2011

Humayan's Tomb & Lodi Gardens

Last weekend was a busy time for us as we showed our first visitor from Australia (Fran) around Delhi. We had big plans to show her a number of monuments but the hot & humid weather & the downpour at lunch time means that we only got to a few things.

Our first stop was Humayun's tomb: a tomb complex to the east, of the Mughal Emperor Humayun who ruled present day Afghanistan, Pakistan, and parts of northern India from 1530–1540 and again from 1555–1556.

The complex is located on the banks of the Yamuna river & consists of monuments & gardens contained within a walled compound. Water features & the flow of water are a prominent aspect of the complex.

Looking at the building, there is a certain resemblance to the Taj Mahal in Agra.

See what I mean about the resemblance to the Taj ??

From another angle

The next stop (after lunch & a bit of shopping) was Lodi Gardens. This is a large complex spread out over 90 acres & quite popular with locals. Within the gardens, there are a number of tombs which seem a bit out of place in a public park.

Lodi Gardens were quite the oasis from the madness that is Delhi.

This is one of the tombs you will stumble across in the gardens. This is the Sikandar Lodi Tomb

This is the Bara Gumbad tomb

This is the Bara Gumbad tomb and mosque looking from the Bara Gumbad tomb

Looking at the interior of the mosque

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