Photowalking at the Humayun’s Tomb & Nizamuddin Dargah

The Humayun’s Tomb is the Tomb of the Mughal emperor, Humayun, located at the intersection of the Lodhi Road and the Mathura Road in New Delhi, India. It was built by one of the widows of Humayun, Bega (Haji) Begum, and marked the beginning of what we know today as Mughal Architecture, leading up to the Taj Mahal, which was its pinnacle.

The Humayun’s Tomb is a delight for history lovers and photographers. For the former, just the significance of this Mughal wonder, sends shivers down the spine. It is interesting to note that this is the first example of a garden tomb in the subcontinent. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the tomb was built using a combination of red sandstone and white marble at a grand scale, and has undergone major restoration work. The tomb is also associated with the capture of the last Mughal emporer, Bahadur Shah Zafar, in the 1857 war of Indian Independence. The tomb offers tremendous opportunities to capture the magnificence of the monument, its surrounding gardens with the tomb serving as a backdrop, and the insides of the tomb itself. It is a photographer’s delight with the Red Sandstone complimenting the white marble inlays. One cannot have not seen one of the countless captures of the monument, each unique in its own right.

Adjoining the Tomb is the Nizamuddin area with Nizamuddin West housing the Dargah of the Sufi saint, Nizamuddin Aulia, and a market with mostly Muslim vendors, and Nizamuddin East where you will find the Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station. The Dargah area consists of small alleys with vendors hawking everything from kababs to clothes to little trinkets and much more. It is a typical “Old Delhi” style market offering numerous opportunities to capture street life and portraits. Besides the streets, the as one heads towards the Dargah complex, one is greeted by the countless flower and chaddar sellers – the contrast in colours is striking and make the subject of a frame worthy capture. The Dargah complex itself houses the tombs of Nizamuddin Aulia and Amir Khusrao. The complex is enriched with history which can only be understood with a visit.

GointheCity offers 3 curated photowalks of the Humayun’s Tomb and Nizamuddin Dargah which are primarily intended for photographers who are interested in history as well. Visit www.gointhecity.com for this and more.