18th October 2014 – New Delhi, India
History is written, not in books or in extravagant pamphlets of lore,Real history is written on walls, and the honeycombed windows that seetime passing by, etching onto its seconds a tale that paper can’t say.Death may be a ghastly thing, but a tomb is whole different, beautiful story.
I had visited Delhi earlier in my trip, but had seen only the Jama Masjid and fragments of old Delhi that time, since I only had a day to spend. But Delhi had much more to offer. So this time, I decided to stick around for a few days to see more of this bustling capital city.
Compared to other stalwarts like Red fort, and Jama Masjid, the Tomb of Humayun was not one of the front-liner’s of Delhi’s tourism map, until the Obamas decided to visit here a few years ago when came to India. Humayun was a Mughal king, the son of Babar, and the father of Akbar, both of whom were instrumental names in Indian history. His tomb was built by his wife Haji Begum, combining the architectural styles of Persia – where she hailed from – and India.
Very close by, is the Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, just about a 10-minute walk away. This Dargah is also a tomb, the shrine of the muslim sufi saint, Nizamuddin Chisti, and is best visited in the evenings, when the sufi sing their religious songs, also called Qawwalis. Also in same shrine complex, are the tombs of Shah Jahan’s daughter Jahanara, and the Persian poet Amir Khusrau.
Thats too many tombs for one day. I will go for only forts or temples tomorrow.