Project 365: Day 109 – A Tombraider for the day.

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 see
time 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.
A little eerie, but beautiful nevertheless. - Humayun's tomb in New Delhi, India

A little eerie, but beautiful nevertheless. – Humayun’s tomb in New Delhi, India

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.

Did you know there is also a Jama Masjid in Ahmedabad? Click here!

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.

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About Abhi Surendran

Abhi quit his corporate job, and decided to immerse himself in travels, photography, occasional periods of bankruptcy, and copious amounts of insanity. He is currently working on a book of his experiences, and a dream road trip through South Asia. Both in a haphazard fashion. He blogs at Iamnothome and you can also catch him at times on Facebook and twitter.

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