Humayun Tomb, Delhi
The tomb of Humayun is a masterpiece of architecture. It is regarded as the first Indian garden tomb to be constructed. Humayun, the eldest son of Babur, was the second emperor of the Mughal Empire. Unfortunately, he was not able to rule for a long time and met with his untimely death after he fell from the stairs of the Sher Mandal library. Haji Begum or Bega Begum, the Queen of Humayun built this tomb in the memeory of his husband. Humayun's Tomb was the first building to be constructed during the reign of Akbar. The tomb was built from 1562-1572 AD in Delhi. It was constructed with the help of a Persian architect, Mirak MirzaGhiyuath. The Humayun's Tomb shows the Persian art influence. It is the best example of the early Mughal style tomb in Delhi and is a worth visting place, preferably before visiting the Taj Mahal in Agra.
The tomb stands majestically at the center of the enclosure and rises from a platform faced with a series of cells with arched openings. The complex of Humayun's Tomb contains many small monuments. Chief among them are black-and-yellow marble tomb of Humayun's wife and the tomb of Humayun's barber. Referred to as Nai Ka Gumbad, the barber's tomb is an impressive square tomb with a double-dome.