Made of red sandstones and white marbles, Humayun’s Tomb was constructed during 1565-1572 by Hamida Banu Begum, the grieving widow of Emperor Humayun. This is one of earliest instances of Persian influence on Indian architecture. The site was chosen on the banks of Yamuna river, due to its proximity to Nizamuddin Dargah, the mausoleum of the celebrated Sufi saint of Delhi
The complex encompasses the main tomb of the Emperor Humayun, which houses the graves of Hamida Banu Begum herself, and also Dara Shikoh, great-great-grandson of Humayun and son of the later Emperor Shah Jahan, as well as numerous other subsequent Mughals.
All these photographs are taken in middle of the month of July and it was very hot and humid. By the time I left the place, I was soaking wet with perspiration. I will advise others to visit this place during October-February period, where the weather would be much more comfotable.
All the photographs are taken with a Nikon D850 camera, mostly with a Nikon Af-s 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 G lens. I also used my manual focus lenses Nikon 50mm 1.4 AI-s, Nikon 25-50mm 4.0 AI and Nikon 75-150mm 3.5 Series E for some of the photographs. You can meter all these lenses with the Nikon D850 to set the exposure and also use the viewfinder focus indicator to confirm focus. The Nikon Af-s 24-85 is a sharp lens but the distortions at the wider settings are very high and I had to struggle during post processing to reduce the same. Overall I will not recommend this lens solely on the basis of distortions. However the camera, Nikon D850 is the best camera I have handled so far in my life and any shortcoming is due to the photographer and not because of the camera.
The Isa Khan tomb complex is a walled area adjacent to Humayun’s Tomb and is the resting place of Isa Khan Niyazi, a noble of influence at the court of Sher Shan Suri. A mosque and an octagonal tomb built in the Sur style are enclosed in Isa Khan’s walled complex. An inscription on a sandstone slab over the mihrab inside the tomb dates the construction to the Hijra year 954 (A.D. 1547-1548). The complex is the first historic structure encountered by visitors on entering the World Heritage Site complex of Humayun’s Tomb.
The mosque is built opposite to the Tomb and these structure had been built almost two decades before the construction of Humayun’s Tomb.
The maintenance of this complex leaves a lot to be desired. This complex houses some historic and important heritage sites but the conditions are not so great. There is no entrance fees but why not charge some fees and use the money to make the place much more attractive to tourists. Secondly, the places shuts down at around 5.00 PM. The whole place could be lit up with beautiful lights in the evening.
You may click on a photograph to enjoy an enlarged view. Thats all for today. Keep shooting.