Humayun’s Tomb

Humayun’s tomb is the tomb of Humayun, the second Mughal Emperor of India, in Delhi, India.

042

Humayun’s first wife, Empress Bega Begum commissioned the tomb. It was designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyas and his son, Sayyid Muhammad.

It was the first garden tomb in Asia. Construction begun in 1566, nine years after Humayun’s death. It was completed in 1572.

There are around 150 graves in Humayun’s tomb and the surrounding gardens.

Humayun’s tomb is located at Mathura Road, opposite Dargah Nizamuddin, New Delhi, Delhi.

045

046

051

030

024

007

008

009

Qutb Minar

Qutb Minar is the tallest minaret in the world located in Delhi, India

001

Qutb Minar (also spelt Qutub Minar & Qutab Minar) is a five storey tower that is 73 metres (239.5 feet) tall. Its base is 14.3 metres (47 feet) in diameter. This narrows to 2.7 metres (9 feet) at the top. The first three storeys are made of red sandstone. The fourth and fifth storeys are made of marble and sandstone.

It was built in several stages with various rulers adding to it. Quab-ud-din Aibak, the first ruler of the Delhi Sultanate, established Qutb Minar around 1192. Shams-ud-Din Iltutmish the third ruler added three more storeys. Firoz Shah Tughlaq added a fifth storey when repairing the top storey following a lightening strike.

Qutb Minar contains a spiral staircase of 379 steps. It has been closed to public since 1981, when the staircase lighting failed and 47 people were killed when 300 to 400 visitors rushed to the exit.

There are also other significant monuments and buildings surrounding Qutb Minar, including Alai Minar (an unfinished tower), the Iron Pillar of Delhi, Major Smith’s Cupola (also known as Smith’s Folly), the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque (the first mosque built in India), the Tomb of Iltutmish and the Tomb of Imam Zamin.

Qutb Minar is in Mehrauli, New Delhi, Delhi.

02

03

04

05

06

07

08

09

Lotus Temple

The Lotus Temple, is a Bahá’í House of Worship, in Delhi, India

006

The Bahá’í House of Worship, which opened in Delhi in December 1986, is a place of worship where people of all religions can gather. This is one of the key concepts of the Bahá’í Faith – the Oneness of God, the Oneness of Religion and the Oneness of all People.

Abdu’l-Bahá, the son of Bahá’u’lláh founder of the Bahá’í faith, wrote that a House of Worship should be a nine-sided circular shape.

Iranian architect Fariborz Sahba was inspired by the lotus flower, a symbol in many religions. The temple, which is located on a 26 hectare property amongst landscaped gardens, features 27 marble clad petals, that are arranged in groups of three to form the nine sided shape.

Around the petals are also nine pools of water, which gives the impression of a floating lotus flower. There are nine doors that open onto a central hall that can hold 2,500 people (1,300 seated).

Bahá’í writings state that no statues or pictures be displayed within a House of Worship. Photography is not permitted inside the temple.

The Lotus Temple is opened Tuesday to Sunday from 9am. The temple closes at 5:30pm in winter and 7pm in the summer. Last entry is 30 minutes prior to closing.

There is also an information centre but this was closed when I visited.

The Lotus Temple is located at Lotus Temple Road, Bahapur, Shambhu Dayal Bagh, Kalkaji, New Delhi, Delhi.

022

008

010

011

015

021

002