“Can I have the opportunity to marvel at the outstanding beauty of the Taj Mahal in this life”? Asked my wife, Sunita. To this my instant reply was “you don’t have to wait for your next life. We will visit the Taj Mahal today.” Of course, she was bit surprised. To clarify her doubt, I mumbled the name Humayun’s Tomb.
“See a cat if you have not seen a tiger” – In Delhi, visit Humayun’s Tomb if you have not witnessed the beauty and glory of the Taj Mahal. Built by Bega Begum, the first wife of the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun, the mausoleum, one of the greatest Mughal architectures, is a popular UNESCO World Heritage Site. This stunning creation exudes many past events that the country is proud of today.
Nothing can stop you from taking a trip, not even the scorching heat of summer, once you build up strong determination. And this is what happened when Sunita, my permanent travel companion and I decided to pay a visit this amazing Mughal wonder. We started off by 12 pm. The sun was unwilling to distort its settings. Since Delhi is burning with heat, some might think it was a stupid idea to come out of the house instead of relaxing in an A/C room. The only thing that you need to do is to be well-prepared, explore history and have fun.
From the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Metro Station, the tomb is just a 10-minute drive away. We thought of hiring an auto to reach the point quickly. I approached the only auto driver near the metro at that moment, told him where we would go, but he gave me a perplexed look. He was not aware of anything related to that name. So, I had to guide him to the destination with the help of GPS service – Thanks to technology!
The place was quite crowded. Like me, there were hundreds of others who have come to marvel at the ultimate replica of the world famous Taj Mahal. The first thing we did to get the entrance ticket (Rs 10/-). But for foreigners it is 25 times more i.e. Rs 250/- (Note the difference).
I was taken aback with the impressive building inside the walled enclosure that is evident from the gigantic double-storey gateway. A large square garden further divided into 4 square gardens, separated by causeways and pathways and surrounded by thick and high walls. It offers a splendid visual retreat. The manicured gardens constantly entice the travelers to take a short nap and rejuvenate body, soul and mind. A small, but beautiful water fountain is ever ready to welcome. Visitors were busy taking pictures in the backdrop of the massive tomb. As we inched further towards the main building, for some time, I remained inundated in the thoughts of how skilled those engineers were. Their works are in evidence even today and will be there for many more years.
Standing majestically right in the heart of the complex, the tomb receives thousands of visitors every year, both locals and foreigners alike. There are several smaller monuments along with many tombs adorn this historic site. I had a close look at the tomb of Humayun accompanied by graves of his wife Bega Begum, Dara Shikoh, son of Shah Jahan and great great grandson of Humayun.
Before we say bye to the tombs, I wanted to capture the magnificent scenic beauty of the gardens and its surroundings right from the top of the spacious porch. If you are a history buff, Humayun’s Tomb is a must visit attraction. Have a close glance at the combination of white marble and red and yellow sandstone – you just can’t take your eyes off.
And yes, never forget to bring water and wrap it up with a polythene bag to keep it cool for longer time.
Not so tired? Then I invite you to come and join me at Jagannath Temple, Hauz Khas this Sunday on 29th at 2 pm not only to witness the famous Rath Yatra, but to tow the rope with me and help the Almighty reach His destination, Mausi Maa Temple.