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Changing Face of HUMAYUN TOMB Delhi India

Post 147   by Gautam Shah


Painting of Humayun Tomb Delhi India 1820 Image 


Changing Face of HUMAYUN TOMB Delhi India

Construction of Humayun's tomb (Delhi, India) was initiated by his first wife Bega Begum (Haji Begum) in 1569-70, close to the Dina-panah Citadel (Purana Qila -Old Fort), founded by Humayun in 1533. Besides the main tomb several smaller structures exist, some pre and other post dating the tomb building. Last Mughal king Bahadur Shah Zafar took refuge here, during Indian Rebellion of 1857. He was later captured by British and exiled to Rangoon. A 13 hectares Garden surrounding the tomb called CharBagh (four squares) was a typical Mughal style layout. It was changed several times but in complete ruins by the time Indian revolution of 1857 happened. It was replanted by British in English style " with circular beds replacing the four central water pools on the axial pathways and trees profusely planted in flowerbeds" -wikipedia. This was once again restored to 'Mughal' style between 1903–1909. The Tomb has been renovated-restored by AghaKhan Foundation,UNESCO and ASI of Govt of India.

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