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Delhi, India – Humayun’s Tomb and Red Fort

By Sonyaandtravis @sonyaandtravis

From Amritsar we caught a final train to our last Indian city Delhi. Whilst we spent a lot of the time buying clothes (four under one-hundred dollars a whole formal outfit including suit, shirt and shoes can be purchased) and souvenirs, we did explore some of the main tourist attractions in Delhi.

Our hostel was in the touristy area of New Delhi, Paharganj; a very short walk from New Delhi train station. The location made it a very comfortable and enjoyable final few days, there was plenty to eat and buy only walking distance from the hostel.

As normal in any new city we visit, first exploration was by foot to nearby Chandni Chowk located in the Old Delhi area. We reached the Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque), the largest mosque in India. Having now visited a huge number of mosques, we were quite shocked at how poorly it followed Islamic etiquette, so shocked that I thought I would write about it in a separate post.

Around the mosque were huge bazaars selling Islamic clothing, food and general knick-knacks, plus the occasional chicken and goat.

Humayun’s Tomb

A beautiful red sandstone tomb designed by a Persian architect. The tomb was set in a standard Charbagh (literally meaning four gardens) style garden with water dividing the grounds into four separate quadrants, similar to the Taj Mahal.

The main gate leading to the entrance of Humayun's Tomb
The main gate of Humayun's Tomb
Humayun's Tomb seen from the Western gate

Humayun's Tomb viewed from the Western gate
Humayun's Tomb and the Charbagh style gardens
Stalactite minor arch of Humayun's Tomb

Row of exterior arches of Humayun's Tomb
Stairs leading up to the main tomb
One of the main exterior arches of Humayun's Tomb

View of the west gate and Charbagh style gardens from Humayun's Tomb
Humayun's Tomb
Carved stone screen typical of Mughal architecture

One of the main exterior arches of Humayun's Tomb
Eastern main exterior arch of Humayun's Tomb
View of the Eastern side of Humayun's Tomb

View to the north from Humayun's Tomb
View of the western arch of Humayun's Tomb
View of the north-western corner of Humayun's Tomb

Red Fort

Our final site in Delhi was the Red Fort (or also named Lal Qila), named from the red sandstone used during construction.  The Red Fort had a grand entrance gate and high walls; inside featured the usual traits of Mughal palace complexes.

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