Here in these 3 tombs lie Hamida Begum (Emperor Humayun's Wife and Emperor Akbar's mother) Dara Shikoh (Emperor Shah Jahan's son) & (Wish anyone can tell me who lies in the 3rd tomb?) - Emperor Humayun's Tomb, Delhi - India

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    It was my long cherished wish to visit Delhi (Capital of India) to pay my respect to the tomb of Mughal Emperor Humayun, from whom I have got my own name.

    The Reign of Humayun, 1530-1556

    Babur's eldest son and successor, Humayun, was 22 years old when his father passed away. Humayun lacked the experience and the tough fiber necessary to consolidate a new dynasty. Thus, the first decade of his rule brought a steady erosion of Mughal authority in northern India. In particular, Humayun had to deal with the determined hostility of the Afghans who were still allied with the dispossessed Lodi regime.

    Humayun was defeated and dislodged by insurrections of nobles from the old Lodi regime. In 1540, the Mughal domain came under the control of one of those nobles, Farid Khan Sur, who assumed the regional name of Shir Shah Sur. Humayun would spend the next 15 years in exile in Sind, Iran, and then Afghanistan. During this exile, Humayun's Persian wife, Hamida Begum, a native of Turbat-I Shaykh Jam in Khurasan, gave birth to the future emperor Akbar.
    Humayun died in 1556, and his widow Hamida Banu Begam, also known as Haji Begam.
    An architectural forerunner of the Taj Mahal, Haji Banu Begum commenced the construction of his tomb in 1569, fourteen years after his death. It is the first distinct example of proper Mughal style, which was inspired by Persian architecture.
    Its arched entrances and bulbous dome are surrounded by lovely formal gardens, making it one of the most beautiful Mughal buildings in the city Delhi.
    Haji Banu Begum too is buried here.
    Mirak Mirza Ghiyath, a Persian, was the architect employed by Haji Begam for this tomb.

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    1. Ekabhishek 60 months ago | reply

      Bahadur Shah died in exile on 7 November 1862. He was buried near the present 'Shwedagon Pagoda' in Yangon (former Rangoon).

    2. Humayunn Niaz Ahmed Peerzaada 60 months ago | reply

      thnks king and ekaabhishek - there is a lot of confusion out there as to who lies in the 3rd tomb .. though the guide told me about Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar lying there ... but anyway i corrected tht .. if u do know who lies in the 3rd .. do let me know ...

    3. CrowManIC 58 months ago | reply

      A beautifully presented image

    4. RkRao 52 months ago | reply

      Delightful and vibrant processing great editing

    5. Saad Sarfraz Sheikh 49 months ago | reply

      Great shot!
      Dara Shikoh's grave remains a mystery, since his head was chopped off... It is believed to be buried here, but there is sadly no evidence...

    6. Humayunn Niaz Ahmed Peerzaada 49 months ago | reply

      thnks Saad .. no correct info on the Dara Shikoh ..

    7. Saad.Akhtar 47 months ago | reply

      Cleartip is using this photo in their Smallworld microsite. Over here.

      I see you've licensed your photo All Rights Reserved. Mine were used too.. they were CC Non Commercial. They're saying it's a technical bug.

    8. Saad.Akhtar 47 months ago | reply

      OK, they've taken the images down. So the link is pointing to some other photo now.

    9. Humayunn Niaz Ahmed Peerzaada 47 months ago | reply

      Thnks Saad .. chking but the scroll is taking ages to load pics .. will get into the matter .. thnks for the info

    10. Humayunn Niaz Ahmed Peerzaada 47 months ago | reply

      they hv flicked my RajGhat pic ... thnks Saad

    11. sobail812 43 months ago | reply

      They were great person

    12. cha_autumn 33 months ago | reply

      July 25, 2011

      Dear Sir or Madam:

      Hi! How are you? How old are you? I am thirty years old. Beautiful capture! Thank you! You are amazing!

      Kind regards,


    13. brdonovan 33 months ago | reply

      excellent work.

    14. arjun_chandele 25 months ago | reply

      Hi..some information for you..Dara Shikho was buried in another room with his son saleem, both killed by Aurangzeb.

    15. bis_d 20 months ago | reply

      Beautiful pictures. Are you sure the second tomb is Dara Shikoh's? All the available information at my disposal indicates Dara's beheaded remains were placed in an unidentified grave in the same complex rather than such a prominent location.

    16. nikhil_og 15 months ago | reply

      Clearly, all three are males graves. The grave, that you say, is Humayun's wife's- belongs to a male. The other grave also doesn't belong to Dara Shikoh, since it is on the outside platform and not within the structure.

    17. bansmi 8 months ago | reply

      Hi...As i have read in some historical texts available on the net...this monument was started by Bega begum ,Humayun's first wife and chief consort, and begun in 1565, nine years after his death, and completed in 1572 AD at a cost of 1.5 million rupees at the time. The cost for building the mausoleum was paid entirely by Empress Bega Begum.According to Ain-i-Akbari, a 16th-century detailed document written during the reign of Akbar, Haji Begum supervised the construction of the tomb after returning from Mecca and undertaking the Hajj pilgrimage.Bega begum was the daughter of Humayun's maternal uncle, Yadgar Beg Taghai and married her first cousin, Prince Humayun in 1527.She is said to also buired in Humayun tomb along with Hamida Bano begum , other queen of humayun and mother of emperor Akbar.Probably this third cenotof is hers....Kind regards ..Smita

    18. laveshdasalfa 6 months ago | reply

      I really like your post.
      Thanks for sharing such great information. It is very informative and provides knowledge of Tombs in Maharashtra

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