HUMAYUN TOMB

A Wife’s Longing

If Taj Mahal is an ode of a pining husband for his deceased wife, then Humayun Tomb, constructed 62 years before Taj Mahal, is reflection of the longings of Humayun’s widow, Haji Begum (real name, Hamida Banu Begum). She constructed the mausoleum 14 years after her husband’s death. The architect was a Persian noble, Mirza Ghiath Beg. She herself is buried here, but not by the side of Humayun, and her grave remains un identified.

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